After Portland clinched the 6th seed the night before against the Memphis Grizzlies, they ventured to the Golden Gate city to take on the Warriors. This was a meaningless game for either team, seeing as how Portland had their playoff positioning already secured, and Golden State was already doomed to miss the post-season. As a result, the report will be abbreviated.
Here’s the lowdown on what events transpired:
Score By Quarter:
1st Quarter: 30-28 Golden State
2nd Quarter: 21-17 Golden State
(Golden State led 51-45 at halftime)
3rd Quarter: 34-24 Golden State
4th Quarter: 25-17 Golden State
(Golden State won the second half 59-41)
Golden State embarked on a 13-3 run straight out of the halftime break, and the Warriors led by double-digits the rest of the way.
Portland’s usual starting five played only 31 minutes. LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallace and Nicolas Batum were all given the night off for playoff rest.
Portland Trail Blazers Individual Stats:
Scoring Punch: Patrick Mills finished with 23 points on a 7-16 shooting night. He also added 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Wesley Matthews registered 18 points in just 24 minutes.
Window Cleaners: Big men Earl Barron and Chris Johnson each pulled down 13 rebounds, while Luke Babbitt cleaned his fill for 11 rebounds of his own.
Double-Double Club: Babbitt also scored 11 points to access membership into the exclusive 10X2 club.
Shooting Gallery Nightmare Patrons: There were several unwilling participants for the Trail Blazers on this night. Johnson finished 1-8, Barron bricked his way to 2-10, Rudy Fernandez misfired en route to a 2-8 performance, while Babbitt was clunking left, right and center for a truly haunting 4-17 night.
Crab-Apple Turnovers: Babbitt served up 3 turnovers to go along with his monstrosity from the field, while Wesley Matthews coughed up 4 unhealthy treats from the oven. Armon Johnson trumped that by delivering 5 freshly-dropped delicacies of his own.
Golden State Warriors Individual Stats:
Wonder Kitchen: Reggie Williams was cooking up a storm on Wednesday night, serving up 28 points and firing in 12-18 shots for a productive session. He also added 7 rebounds and 5 assists in a truly delectable masterpiece.
Scoring Punch: Dorrell Wright delivered a 20-point knockout blow, and delivered uppercuts of 5 rebounds and 6 assists to press home the victory. Stephen Curry put on an efficient 7-11 smackdown for 18 points, and picked up 9 assists as well.
Shooting Gallery Nightmare Patrons: Wright may have scored 20 points, but it took an 8-21 journey through the haunted meadow to get there.
Band Of Thieves: Wright and Ekpe Udoh both rocked out to 4-steal games, pilfering everything in sight from the careless Trail Blazers reserves. David Lee robbed 3 bags of money, and shared it with the long suffering fans at the Oracle Arena, Robin Hood-style. Seldom-used point guard Jeremy Lin chimed in with a couple of petty thefts of his own.
Field Goal%: Golden State 51.1%, Portland 33.7%
3-Point Field Goal%: Golden State 43.5%, Portland 42.3%
Free Throw%: Golden State 66.7%, Portland 76.0%,
Rebounds: Golden State 41, Portland 48
Assists: Golden State 33, Portland 18
Steals: Golden State 15, Portland 6
Blocks: Golden State 7, Portland 1
This loss gives the Portland Trail Blazers an overall win-loss record of 48-34 for the season, which as stated earlier, is good for 6th in the Western Conference. Their opponent, decided by Wednesday night’s late drama, is the Dallas Mavericks. Portland went 2-2 against the Mavericks this season, the most recent contest ending in a 104-96 Portland win. Game 1 will get underway at 9:30 PM Eastern/6:30 PM Pacific Time. Portland fans, be sure to watch the game and support the team!