Curry leads Warriors past Trail Blazers, 103-88

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 11:36 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014
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The Warriors never let the Blazers get comfortable. LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 11 rebounds and 10 points on 2-of-14 shooting, didn't score until 2:18 remained in the second quarter.

"Just one of those nights where I couldn't get going and I didn't find a rhythm," Aldridge said.

And the only time Aldridge started to get going, the Warriors responded.

Andrew Bogut got into a skirmish with Aldridge after the whistle in the third quarter, then Aldridge tossed the ball at the Warriors center. Officials called a technical foul on both players.

The Warriors responded with a 16-2 run, with Curry connecting from outside and Lee cleaning up on the inside. Golden State held a 76-67 lead entering the fourth quarter, when it quickly turned the game into a rout.

"What I like is we paid attention to detail," Jackson said. "We didn't have any game-plan breakdown. We battled. We competed. We made multiple-effort plays and we continued it all night long."

Golden State started the final quarter on a 12-2 run to take control. Lee's layup put the Warriors up 91-69 with 7:18 remaining, leaving little drama late.

Portland pulled to 94-85 on Matthews' free throws with 2:56 to play. Curry then connected on a jumper and a 3-pointer sandwiched around a free throw by Lillard to send most of the sellout crowd of 19,596 heading to the exits early — and happy.

Curry, who doesn't usually guard opposing point guards, checked Lillard most of the game and never let the Oakland native find his stroke.

"We can score the ball, but it stinks to come in the locker room and you see everybody had big nights, we just isolate the offensive end but we end up losing and it's all for nothing," Curry said. "Games like this when you get a win and figure out how to close it out and get stops, it makes what we can do as a team on the offensive end that much more special."

NOTES: The Warriors improved to 20-4 this season when leading after three quarters. ... The teams have split two games this season after the Blazers won 113-101 in Oakland on Nov. 23. They meet two more times in Portland.

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