SAN FRANCISCO (AP)– Damian Lillard signed up with Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the only Portland players to rating 15,000 points for the franchise, finishing with 34 as the Path Sports jackets ruined Golden State’s home opener with a 123-98 win over the Warriors on Friday night.
” Fifteen thousand is a big accomplishment, something that I’m proud of but my work is far from done,” Lillard stated.
CJ McCollum included 28 points for Portland, tearing down 4 of 5 3-pointers early as the Trail Blazers hit 10 of 15 from long variety to start the game. McCollum ended up being the 2nd player in NBA history to make 25 or more over the first 5 games of a season.
Stephen Curry did it twice. He shot just 4 for 12 from deep and had 26 points, 8 rebounds and five helps for the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 and Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed 10 points in his very first house game with the team.
Golden State finally returned to Chase Center for its first home game in a 297- day period. The Warriors took another lopsided loss following a 2-2 road trip in which they were outscored by 65 points in beats at Brooklyn and Milwaukee then won at Chicago and Detroit by an integrated 11 points.
” They came out smoking cigarettes hot, they were making everything,” coach Steve Kerr stated.
Lillard, from the Warriors’ previous city of Oakland, shot 11 for 21 with 6 3-pointers and also dispensed 8 helps. He averaged 43.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists in three video games against the Warriors last season– consisting of a 61- point efficiency on Jan. 20, 2020.
Draymond Green didn’t rating and had four rebounds, four helps and 4 fouls over nearly 18 minutes making his season launching for Golden State, his very first video game given that Feb. 27 versus the Los Angeles Lakers and a stretch of 309 days. He had actually been sidelined the very first four games by a best foot injury after being delayed beginning training camp since he had the coronavirus.
” Draymond simply appears like he’s getting his wind. He looked like a person who missed training camp and has actually been working his method to get onto the flooring,” Kerr said. “It appeared like an exhibition-style video game for him. That’s not a criticism, it’s just where he is physically.”
No. 2 total draft choice James Wiseman gave Golden State a scare when he decreased grabbing his left ankle late before walking off on his own. It wasn’t serious and he is anticipated to play Sunday.
Images of the late Clifford Robinson wearing both Warriors and Blazers jerseys were revealed on the big screen throughout a first-quarter break. He died Aug. 29 at age 53.
The Warriors moved their championship banners down below one basket, a great touch for fans to peek on TELEVISION.
NEW YEAR’S HOOPS
The Warriors dipped into house on New Year’s Day for just the 4th time in franchise history and the first time given that a 125-93 win versus the Kansas City Kings in 1982 for the 499 th career coaching victory by Warriors Hall of Famer Al Attles.
Golden State hadn’t played Jan. 1 considering that 2011 at Miami.
” I’m happy the year is ending, like most people. It’s been a poor year for everyone,” Kerr said leading into the game. “As a coach my job is to remind our gamers that much better times are ahead, on and off the court. On the court we had the worst record in the league in2020 … If you look at the off-the-court things, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines and with just a peek of the future and we’ve got to all continue to try to influence others to be wise, be safe, try to secure each other, wear our masks and be really patient and comprehend that we’re all going to get through this eventually. It’s not going to take place over night.”
Path Sports Jackets: F Rodney Hood was limited to 5 minutes because of a cramp in his left quadriceps. … Drexler scored 18,040 points. In Lillard’s 620 th video game played, he connected Larry Bird as 21 st-fastest in NBA history to score 15,000 points and fourth amongst active gamers behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. … Anthony’s 18 points gave him 26,499 and he passed Tim Duncan (26,496) for 14 th put on the all-time NBA scoring list.
Warriors: The Warriors began 3 for 12 to fall behind 22 -7. … Golden State played its very first house video game because March 10 against the Clippers. … Curry has made a franchise-record 76 straight free throws. Curry hasn’t missed out on at the line because March 29, 2019, vs. Memphis, then began the existing streak that exact same video game. … Andrew Wiggins (15 points) has actually scored in double figures every video game so far. … C Marquese Chriss underwent surgical treatment Thursday to support his right ankle joint after a suffering an ankle and fibular fracture during practice in Chicago on Dec.26 He will right away start rehabilitation and is slated to be re-evaluated in about three months.
After the rivals’ very first conference in nearly a year considering that Portland’s 129-124 overtime win at home on Jan. 20, 2020, they fulfill for the second game of their series Sunday night back at Chase Center as Golden State continues a season-high stretch with 7 straight home video games.
” The great thing is cutting down on the travel,” Kerr stated.
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