OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors is the longest losing stretch the franchise has endured since 2013 has finally…
OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors is the longest losing stretch the franchise has endured since 2013 has finally ended, thanks to a 125-97 home gain over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Again, without All Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, Warriors claimed brilliant achievements from Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant to get the much needed profit.
Durant scored 32 points, eight rebounds and seven assisted while Thompson added 31
points to 12-to-21 shootings. Damian Lillard led Blazers with 23 points on 9-to-24 shooting.
Normally softly and smoothly, Thompson came out with a special passion and fire against Trail Blazers. He was extremely aggressive and was looking for his shot early (which led to some hilariously contested looks), and he quickly became hot, giving the Warriors an early source of points. After sweeping a 3 pointer as he fouled in the first quarter, Thompson went vigorously towards the stall and urged the audience to get higher. It was clear from the hope that Thompson felt the need to claim on Friday. He also left in the third quarter when he lit Blazers for 15 points.
It has been relatively quiet at Oracle Arena during the recent games but a big second quarter drove life back to one of the highest venues in all sports. The audience seemed to not only enjoy the heroes of Thompson and Durant, but also the “Strength in number” of the style movement that the Oakland spectators have become accustomed to seeing. It was like someone had shaken a bottle of soda for the latest games, and on Friday the wars finally hit the lid. They will see that they make two straight wins on Oracle when they welcome Kings to the city on Saturday (8:30 p.m. ET – watch fuboTV with the NBA League Pass Extension).
Oakland native Damian Lillard always has plenty of fans when visiting his hometown, but Friday’s episode was particularly impressive. Lying directly behind the pressure line in a luxury basket, about a dozen Lillard fans broke every time the All-NBA guard touched the ball and blasted in close hysterics every time he scored goals, even when Blazers were big. Oakland may be Warriors ground, but there is a special section dedicated to Lillard.
The big question is now, was this a game in a game or did warriors fix what was wrong with them physically, emotionally and spiritually? With home matches coming against the kings and magicians, the Golden State has a chance to scratch a three-player winning line before it’s on a hard road trip. But an adversity against the kings would give back all the anxiety and frustration they have experienced in recent weeks. We must see how they play on Saturday in back-to-back, but the good news is that Curry could be back to court as soon as Monday.