They ended up losing by 45 points and it was yet another blowout loss that they suffered to the Warriors thus far this season. But he wasn't finished.
The Portland Trail Blazers have been underwhelming this season, at least by lofty standards set after their run to the Western Conference semifinals in 2015-16, and $85 million free-agent acquisitions Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli have shouldered much of the blame, deserved or not. Golden State did clamp down on McCollum in the second half, though; he didn't score a single field goal in the third, which allowed the Warriors to open things a bit. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns will have less than twenty-four hours to travel from Oakland to Los Angeles, as they will be heading into the second game of a "two games in two nights" schedule.
All-around Dray: Draymond Green filled up the stat sheet once again, finishing with nine points, seven rebounds, 11 assists and three steals.
Durant did most of the damage in the first half, with 21 points before the break, while Curry caught fire after halftime with 19 of his total output in the final two quarters. Portland made just four of those shots.
The Warriors scored a "scant" 69 in the half, paced by Kevin Durant's cool efficiency (20 in the half, 30 in the game, plus-22).
After scoring 43 points in a 95-89 win at Minnesota on Monday, McCollum was bidding to become the first Portland player with back-to-back 40-point performances since Clyde Drexler in 1989. The surprise was the damage the Blazers' offense did to the Warriors' defense. Though Stephen Curry usually gets the majority of the minutes on McCollum, that assignment will go to Thompson should Lillard not be able to play. They dominated the Portland Trail Blazers in two previous games, outscoring them by 68 points, and that's with Damian Lillard on the floor. The Blazers' All-Star point guard said he doesn't want to return until he's at least close to 100 percent.
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