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Warriors edge Blazers, despite Lillard's career-high 37

OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie point guard Damian Lillard scored a career-high 37 points, but the Trail Blazers came up just short at Golden State, losing 103-97 Friday night in the second game in two nights for Portland.

Lillard was dazzling in his first NBA game before his hometown fans. The No. 6 pick in the draft made 7 of 12 shots from 3-point range and turned it on after missing seven consecutive field-goal attempts, pouring in 29 points over the final 16 1/2 minutes.

His 37 points were the most by a Blazer this season.

The rest of the Blazers, however, shot 29.9 percent from the field, with LaMarcus Aldridge going 3 of 14 and scoring seven points, with six rebounds in 33 minutes. Wesley Matthews was 3 of 15 and had 10 points in 36 minutes, plus a season-high nine rebounds.

The Blazers wound up taking 43 shots from beyond the arc, the second-most by any team in the league this season and the most for Portland since the 1985-86 season. They made 15.

The Warriors led by as many as 20 points and were in front 67-47 with 5:36 left in the third quarter, before Lillard turned it on.

Nicolas Batum's tip-in with 44.5 seconds remaining pulled the Blazers to within four points.

Carl Landry's layup with 24.7 seconds left boosted Golden State's lead to 100-94. Lilalrd made a 3, but the Warriors held on, sinking three of four free-throws in the closing moments.

"Bittersweet," Lillard said of his 43-minute performance and the night.

Golden State coach Mark Jackson called it "a special period of basketball by (Lilalrd). As a fan, I'm sure it was fun to watch. All I can do is look on the other end and shake my head and (Blazer) coach (Terry) Stotts said, 'He's pretty good, ain't he?' "

Portland, which had won at home the night before over Eastern Conference leader Miami, managed to make just 11 of 47 field-goal attempts (23.4 percent) in the first half, and Golden State led 50-35.

The Blazers finished at 38.0 percent from the floor.

Portland fell to 20-16, while the Warriors went to 23-12. It is Golden State's best start since the club was 26-10 in 1991-92. The Warriors are fifth in the Western Conference. Portland is eighth, a half-game behind Houston and two games ahead of Utah.

David Lee had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State, Stephen Curry had 22 points and 12 assists, and Carl Landry came off the bench for 15 points.

Batum finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and one assist.

The Blazers return home to face Oklahoma City at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Rose Garden.

OKC is 26-8, and the Thunder share the best record in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers.