Blazers have no shot
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS 103, Portland Trail Blazers 88
Sunday night, Oracle Arena, Oakland, Calif., 19,596 announced attendance
Was it fatigue, or Golden State's desperation to play some good defense for a change, or too much Stephen Curry, or ?
Whatever the reason(s), the Blazers didn't have it and they didn't get the win.
Golden State (27-18) led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter to snap a three-game skid at home.
Portland was just 28 of 83 from the field and committed 15 turnovers. The Blazers, who were averaging an NBA-high 109.5 points per game, had a season low in points and shooting percentage (.337) and tied their largest margin of defeat this season.
WHAT IT MEANS
The Blazers fell to 33-12.
Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, and Damian Lillard had 16, as the Blazers were held to under 40 percent from the field for the first time.
For the Warriors, Curry had 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in a validation of his upcoming All-Star Game starting role. He was 13 of 23 from the field.
LaMarcus Aldridge didn't score in the first 21:41 and finished with 10 points on 2-for-14 shooting from the floor, plus 11 rebounds.
"That was a rough game. The first half both teams played pretty well, but the second half we didn't have much going at the offensive end. Golden State did a nice job with its defense. It was just one of those nights where we just didn't have enough at the offensive end." Terry Stotts, Blazers coach
"Just one of those nights where I couldn't get going and I didn't find a rhythm." Aldridge
The Blazers return to Moda Center for a 7 p.m. Tuesday game against Memphis (CSNNW).