The Blazers welcomed the Warriors to town, but it wasn't the Warriors we are used to.
Kevin Durant is now in Brooklyn, and Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are on the injured list. But the didn't stop Draymond Green and company from pushing the Blazers for four quarters.
The Warriors jumped out to the early 9-2 lead before Damian Lillard made them pump the brakes.
The Blazers' star scored 16 points in the first quarter alone, adding five assists as well. The teams battled from there, with the Warriors taking the lead back with 48 seconds left in the first half, only for Lillard to give the lead back to Portland 15 seconds later. Thought the Warriors kept it close, the Blazers never trailed again.
Hassan Whiteside pulled down a season-high 23 rebounds, two off his career-high 25, and dropped 16 points for another double-double.
Damian Lillard finished with a game-high 31 points, and after combining for 80 points against the Suns the Blazers big three of Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Carmelo Anthony combined for 78 against the Warriors.
The Blazers picked up the win and moved one step closer to .500.
Final Score: Blazers 122 - Warriors 112.
Damian Lillard on pulling out the victory:
We started the game how we wanted to start. I thought our energy was right, we was focused and they made a run, like every team is capable of and usually they do. They had some guys out there that could score the ball so it was expected, but like you said, we was able to weather the storm by just doing the things we needed to do. I think defensively, we just would tighten up when we needed to tighten up. Offensively, we tightened up when we needed to tighten up. Especially down the stretch, when the game was really on the line, we did all the things necessary to win.
Coach Stotts on Anthony Tolliver:
I liked the way he played. Anthony, unfortunately a lot of times, people just look at shooting, but he always brings energy, he always knows where he’s supposed to be, he’s in good defensive positions, and he brings experience to the court at both ends.
Hassan Whiteside on importance of the win:
I think early in the season, we had lost to them so I think it was early, we had lost to a couple teams like that that wasn’t doing as well. But as the season went on, we’ve got to come out here and execute and I think we’re better as a team than when we played them last time at execution and our identity. We know each other a lot better.
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Question Haters- Whiteside has 19 boards in 26 minutes. How many of those are empty? #RipCity— ChadinPortland 🎙 (@ChadinRipCity) December 19, 2019
These two push hair care products at your local mall kiosk. https://t.co/esyID5lDqD— Chris Burkhardt (@CBurkhardtNBCS) December 19, 2019
Man, players are really selling the fouls in this one.— Jamie Hudson (@JamieHudsonNBCS) December 19, 2019
There is no such thing as a little bit of contact tonight
Put all the microphones next to all the replay monitors. No need for secrecy on the officials thought process. Help us understand what the hell is happening.— Joe Simons (@joesimonssays) December 19, 2019
Dame gets absoutely leveled at the rim with no call and Stotts draws the T.— Danny Marang (@DannyMarang) December 19, 2019
It was percolating for sure. https://t.co/DpxrFb7wmo
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