BOX SCORE OAKLAND – The four-game streak is dead, buried under fine 3-point shooting and timely defense. The Warriors got…
OAKLAND – The four-game streak is dead, buried under fine 3-point shooting and timely defense.
The Warriors got their first victory in 10 days Friday night, a 125-97 thrashing of the Portland Trail Blazers before a sellout crowd (19,596) at Oracle Arena.
Kevin Durant had 32 points on 13-of-21 shooting and Klay Thompson had 31 while going 12-of-21. It was their most efficient combined effort since Stephen Curry left the lineup on Nov. 8.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
Missing for most of their recent slide has been the least publicized element of this franchise’s rise from the ashes: defense.
Trailing by five (29-24) at 1
1:22 left in the half, the Warriors turned up the defense and it paid off with a 22-3 run, resulting in 46-32 lead with 5:40 left in the half. During that stretch, they blocked three shots and forced three turnovers while holding Portland to 1-of-9 shooting from the field.
The Blazers shot 30 percent for the quarter, during which the Warriors outscored them 35-17.
Videre, den seks-minutters stretch påminde de Warriors of the galvanizing effects of high-intensity defense.
The Warriors were struggling mightily with 3-point shooting. Their last four games were illustrations of futility: 22.2 percent, 27.3 percent, 19.2 percent and 24.1 percent. The spacing was poor, resulting in too many contested shots.
They shot 53.1 percent (17-of-32) from beyond the arc, their third-highest percentage this season. Det var den femte gangen denne sesongen de skød mindst 50 procent fra djup og første gang siden nov. 5 against Memphis.
Six different players made triples, with Quinn Cook’s 5-of-6 shooting leading the way. Thompson was 4 or 9, Durant 2 or 5, Andre Iguodala 2 or 2, Jonas Jerebko 2-or-4 and Damion Lee 2-or-4.
The 17 3 pointers represent the second -highest total of the season for the Warriors, behind only the Oct. 29 game at Chicago, when they poured into 24 triples, led by Thompson’s record-breaking 14.
Jordan Bell entered the game having played a total of 10 minutes over the last three games, producing five points and two rebounds.
He did better than that in one eight-minute slice of the second quarter during which he submitted his most comprehensively positive performance in two weeks: three points, three rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Showing energy at both ends, Bell was active in the paint and a significant contribution to the wicked defense during that quarter. He finished with five points, four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one block. He was plus-26 in 21 minutes.
Despite the team’s shorthand state, he was an afterthought. Ef hann bidrar sem hann gerði í þessum leik, mun hann fá aftur í snúningnum.