In a nationally televised game billed as a matchup between MVP contestants, it took until the last minute to play the Stephen Curry-Damian Lillard duel that so many had expected.
Curry (35 points in 13v28 shooting, 5v14 out of 3 point range) was the top scorer of the game but was defeated by Lillard in the final 4 1/2 minutes, in which Lillard scored 10 points and drew a major indictment when the Warriors fell to Trail Blazers 108-106 in Portland on ESPN on Wednesday night.
After a disappointing performance against the Lakers Sunday, the Warriors (19-17) opened the game with a 10-0 lead and Curry scored 16 points in the first quarter. He didn’t get much help the rest of the way, however. No teammate scored more than 14 points, and the non-Curry Warriors shot just 40.5% overall.
With Kelly Oubre Jr. with a wrist injury, Andrew Wiggins had 14 points from 15 shots and it took Kent Bazemore 12 shots to get 12 points.
« We just generally need more goals from others than Steph, » said head coach Steve Kerr.
Even so, the Warriors led most of the game until Lillard lost a 29-foot rebound in transition after Curry missed a layup 13.7 seconds before the end.
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On the next possession, the Trail Blazers pushed the ball out of Curry’s hands and Green drove to the basket, where Lillard attacked and attacked 3.3 seconds to go. When guard Damion Lee missed the buzzer, the Warriors lost their second game in a row.
« Anything that couldn’t go our way worked, » said Curry. “These are lessons we learn. We cannot go into that any further. »
For the Trail Blazers (20-14), Lillard finished the 6-on-17 shooting with 22 points (3-on-10 from 3-point range), Carmelo Anthony had 22 points from the bench and Gary Trent Jr. and Robert Covington each put in 15.
Next, the Warriors will complete the first half of the schedule in Phoenix on Wednesday.