Blazers duo kills wounded Warriors
The injured Golden State Warriors must face defeat against the Portland Trail Blazers. Even the Cavaliers lose.
The Golden State Warriors lost 108-125 to the Portland Trail Blazers.
Without the injured player Steph Curry, Superstar Kevin Durant suffered an ankle injury the day before – Jordan Bell and Andre Iguodala showed superstar Kevin Durant a strong performance, but his 40 points, six rebounds and six assists were not enough to win.
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Next to Durant, Shooting Guard Klay Thompson was second best defending champion with 25 points, and JaVale McGee scored ten points.
In contrast to the Warriors, where only the three players in question scored double digits, the Trail Blazers impressed with a solid team performance. A total of seven players were able to score double-digit points at the end, but with CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard two players stood out in particular.
Shooting Guard McCollum scored 30 points, Point Guard Lillard put 28 points on the scoreboard.
The victory over the Warriors was Portland’s ninth consecutive victory in a row. The winning streak had begun with the victory against Golden State on 15. February. Blazers coach Terry Stotts didn’t want to hear about a series.”What series? We just play the games and try to win,”he said after the match.
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Warrior coach Steve Kerr at least agreed with his team’s fighting spirit:”We fought hard. I liked the way we fought, but we have to play smarter.”
For Golden State, defeat to the Trail Blazers marks the end of a winning streak after eight consecutive victories, with the Warriors trailing Houston Rockets 51:15 in the Western Conference, followed by Portland with a second place (NABA table).
In the upcoming game, the Warriors will face the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Trail Blazers will face Miami Heat.
Cleveland Cavaliers also had a bitter evening. The Cavs lost to the Los Angeles Clippers with 102:116. Superstar LeBron James played a double-double with 25 points, ten rebounds and six assists, but in the end the Cavs lost their miserable first quarter.
The first section went to the Clippers at 35:17. The Cavs showed an improvement, but they were unable to make up the 18-point gap.
For the Clippers, on the other hand, there was reason to be happy. By beating the Cavs, Doc Rivers’s team managed to move up to eighth place in playoff at the Western Conference. Tobias Harris with 23, DeAndre Jordan and Montrezl Harrell with 20 points each contributed the decisive goals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers ranked third in the east with a record of 38:27. The next game is against the Los Angeles Lakers, the Clippers have to play Orlando Magic.