OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry wasn't as impressed with Golden State's latest win as much as he was concerned over how it nearly got away.
That's how far the expectations have risen for these Warriors.
Curry made two important free throws with 16.4 seconds left and Golden State overcame a phenomenal fourth quarter by Portland rookie Damian Lillard to beat the Trail Blazers 103-97 on Friday night.
Lillard, an Oakland native, scored 29 of his career-high 37 points in the second half and nearly helped the Blazers overcome a 20-point deficit before the Warriors held on.
"For 2½ quarters we had control of the game ... then Lillard got hot," said Curry, who finished with 22 points and 12 assists. "Not to take away from his night, he made the shots. But we've got to find a way to stop a guy when he has it going like that."
Lillard's outburst in the final quarter overshadowed what had been an otherwise sluggish night by Portland's offense. The Blazers missed 27 of their first 35 attempts, went 15 of 43 overall on 3-pointers and committed 13 turnovers.
Conversely, Golden State had five players in double figures and shot 47.7 percent for the game.
"This is preparing us," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "Where we expect to go, in these games, you are going to have to find a way to stop special players, and this is great preparation for us."
David Lee had 24 points and 10 rebounds and helped shut down Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge in a matchup of two of the top power forwards in the Western Conference. Aldridge had just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.
Klay Thompson scored 16 points, Carl Landry added 15 and Harrison Barnes had 13 points and seven rebounds for Golden State.
The Warriors led by 20 in the second half before Lillard nearly rallied the Blazers. He scored 17 in the fourth quarter and made a pair of deep 3-pointers, including his seventh of the night that cut Golden State's lead to 100-97 with 22.5 seconds remaining.
Curry then made two free throws and Jarrett Jack added one to seal the win.
"I think we were flat," Lillard said. "I had a game like this in college but that ended up with a win. That's why this is bittersweet."