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Golden State Warriors get their revenge on Trail Blazers

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It was competitive and chippy for a majority of the night between the Trail Blazers and Warriors Sunday. 

Midway through the first quarter, Damian Lillard and Draymond Green exchanged words and were eventually whistled for a double technical.

The second of a back-to-back meant extra chippiness. The energy was high and the Warriors were in aggressors’ mode. 

After getting out to a hot start in Friday’s blowout win, Portland’s offense slowed down and Stephen Curry heated up in a hurry.

Curry and the Warriors evened up the regular season series 1-1 with Sunday's 137-122 win over the Blazers. 

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Curry notched 31 of the Warriors’ 66 first-half points as Golden State took a 12 point lead at the break.

 

The Warriors efficient shooting mixed in with Portland's foul trouble played a big role in disrupting the Blazers' chance to make a comeback. Damian Lillard put the Blazers on his back in the second half, but the Warriors (or mostly Curry) always had an answer.  

FINAL BOX SCORE: Warriors 137, Trail Blazers 122

Curry set a new career high with 62 points in the win.

The Good: 

Damian Lillard wasn't going down without a fight. He led the Blazers in the second half scoring from inside and out. 

The Trail Blazers’ second unit of Enes Kanter, Carmelo Anthony, and Gary Trent Jr. gave Portland an instant boost early on. Trent Jr. returned to game action after missing the last three games. Kanter brought the energy all night, fighting for boards and bodying up Eric Paschall. 

The Bad: 

Portlands hot shooting did not carry over from Fridays game, especially from three. The Blazers went 5-of-20 from behind the arc in the first half.

It was the opposite for Golden State.  

In the first half, the Warriors shot 54.5 percent from the field to the Blazers’ 39.1 percent.

Even though Derrick Jones Jr. and Gary Trent Jr. made it tough on Stephen Curry, the Warriors All-Star point guard was on a mission to get buckets.

Curry scored a game-high 21 points in the first quarter.

The Warriors also sped up the game with their fastbreak opportunities.

 

Draymond Green's presence was felt on the defensive end. He took two charges in the first half and was in the ear of the officials and the Blazers. He was also disruptive at the rim.

He was back in true Draymond form.

The Blazers battled through foul trouble all night. Robert Covington, Jones Jr. and Damian Lillard each picked up three fouls in the first half. Jones Jr. picked up his 5thfoul in 17 minutes of work.  

Portlands bench was shorthanded once again. Forward Rodney Hood did not suit up Sunday due to a left quad strain. In Fridays victory over the Warriors, Hood played just five minutes before suffering the quad injury. He pulled down one rebound in his limited minutes and did not return to the game in the second half.

On the season, Hood is averaging 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 15.0 minutes per game in his return to the court from a torn left Achilles.

The Highlight:  Damian Lillard wasn't laying down in this one as shown by his buzzer-beat at the end of the third quarter.

The Stat: 

It was the Damian Lillard vs. Steph Curry show Sunday night. Curry finished with 62 points on 18-of-31 shooting, while Lillard scored 32 points after hitting 10-of 24 from the floor. 

Next up: The Trail Blazers return home for a matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday. Portland and Chicago will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. PST on NBCSNW.