Curry, Warriors top Blazers for 3rd straight win
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Stephen Curry put up a 23-point barrage in the third quarter as the Golden State Warriors broke open a tight game and swept to a 127-104 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night at the Moda Center.
Curry scored 28 points in just 30 minutes and Ian Clark added 22 points as the Warriors (3-1) won their third straight game. Clark came off the bench to go 8 for 8 from the field, including 3 for 3 from 3-point range.
Damian Lillard scored 31 points and rookie Jake Layman added 17 in his NBA debut for Portland (2-2).
Clark scored 16 points to propel Golden State to a 59-53 bulge at the break, going 6 for 6 from the field and 3 for 3 on 3-point attempts. Klay Thompson (4 for 12) and Curry (2 for 9) were a collective 6 for 21 from the field -- and 0 for 8 from 3-point range -- in the half.
Lillard bombed in 22 first-half points, making 6 of 11 shots from the field, 3 of 6 on 3-point shots and 7 of 8 from the foul line. Evan Turner came off the bench for 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting. But the rest of the Blazers combined for only 20 points on 9-for-28 gunnery in the half.
Curry got going by scoring 11 points, including 3 straight treys, in the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third quarter to stoke Golden State's lead to 76-63. CJ McCollum buried back-to-back 3's and suddenly the Blazers were within 76-69. But the Warriors ended the quarter on a 24-4 run to take a 100-73 lead into the fourth quarter. They extended the margin to 35 early in the final period.
Portland jumped to a 16-9 lead, but the Warriors outscored the Blazers 25-9 the rest of the first quarter to take a 34-25 advantage into the second period. Lillard had 13 points, his teammates a collective 12 in the quarter.
Golden State increased the margin to 51-39, but the Blazers, behind Lillard, battled back to within 55-51. The Warriors took a six-point edge into halftime.
NOTES: Golden State won for the 15th time in its past 20 meetings with Portland, including the postseason, dating to the 2011-12 season. ... Last year, Portland G Damian Lillard averaged 36.5 points in four regular-season games against Golden State, then 31.8 in the five playoff games against the Warriors. ... Lillard entered the night tied for third in the NBA in scoring (35 points per game). Golden State F Kevin Durant (31.3) was fifth. ... Portland coach Terry Stotts on the Warriors' acquisition of Durant: "They have a lot of players who can get it going. He's just one more of them." ... Golden State coach Steve Kerr on Lillard: "Damian is a brilliant player. He's up there with Steph (Curry) in terms of how he changes the game with his range and his shooting off the dribble. There's very little you can do when a guy is pulling up in transition from 30 feet."