Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson combine for 15 3-pointers in rout of Blazers
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson had 37 and the Golden State Warriors avenged their worst defeat of the season by beating the Portland Trail Blazers 128-112 on Friday night, extending their record regular-season home winning streak to 47 games.
The Splash Brothers combined to shoot 15 for 25 on 3-pointers and went 26 for 45 overall, with Thompson joining Curry as the only players with 200 3s in four straight seasons. They scored 30 or more points in the same game for the sixth time in their careers.
Draymond Green added 17 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists while making all nine of his free throws.
CJ McCollum scored 18 points and Portland topped the defending champions with 19 3s to Golden State’s 18 as the teams combined for the most 3s in NBA history - on 37-for-76 shooting.
From the tip, the defending champion Warriors were out to bury the Blazers after an embarrassing 32-point defeat in Portland last month coming out of the All-Star break. Golden State lost 137-105 at Portland on Feb. 19 - its largest margin of defeat since a 39-point setback to Denver in 2012 - before an impressive seven-game winning streak.
Curry scored 18 of his points in the opening period after going scoreless in the first two nights earlier against Utah, helping the Warriors improve to 29-0 at Oracle Arena this season.
On Monday, Curry became the first player in NBA history with 300 3s in a season and his seven against the Trail Blazers pushed his total to 311.
Damian Lillard returned to his Oakland roots to score 17 points on 5-of-19 shooting after missing 15 of his first 17 shots. Lillard made four 3-pointers and has the most 3s of any player in his first four seasons, topping Thompson’s 784.
Playing in his hometown, it was a far cry from how he lit up the Warriors for a career-high 51 points in that February rout.
Lillard had 91 points in the first two games against Golden State this season, including a career-high 51 in the rout of the Warriors last month.
He was averaging 45.5 points on 54.5-percent shooting and 8.5 assists in the first two meetings and missed scoring 20 or more points in a fifth consecutive game against Golden State.
The first half was a quite an offensive display by both teams. Portland scored 61 points and still trailed by 20 at intermission.
Andre Iguodala hit two quick 3-pointers midway through the second quarter as the Warriors connected on 10 of their first 16 3-pointers and 14 of 25 by halftime.
Lillard was so good against Golden State the last time it prompted Steve Kerr to say, “He looked like Steph Curry out there.”
“Honestly, I really appreciate it,” Lillard said before the game. “I forget who I said it to earlier this week, I loved Steve Kerr growing up with Bulls and with the Spurs. My second All-Star game in New York, he was the coach. I really appreciated his speech to the team before the game, how he took the time to learn about each player.”
Kerr recalled Lillard hitting “like five shots from about 40 feet.”
“He was pulling up from so deep behind the line. I was being complimentary,” Kerr said. “When Steph makes 40-footers and then somebody else does that, it reminded me of Steph.”
Not this time.
Trail Blazers: Portland is 5-18 on Golden State’s home floor since the beginning of the 2003-04 season. ... The Blazers still must come back to Oracle Arena on April 3.
Warriors: X-rays on Iguodala’s sprained left ankle were negative. He is questionable for Saturday’s game. ... Curry has scored 20 or more points in 10 straight games against the Blazers. ... Golden State beat Portland at home for the third straight meeting.