SAN FRANCISCO _ Damian Lillard joined Corridor of Famer Clyde Drexler as the one Portland gamers to attain 15,000 factors for the franchise, ending with 34 because the Path Blazers spoiled Golden State’s residence opener with a 123-98 win over the Warriors on Friday night time.
“Fifteen thousand is a big accomplishment, one thing that I am happy with however my work is way from completed,” Lillard mentioned.
CJ McCollum added 28 factors for Portland, flattening 4 of 5 3-pointers early because the Path Blazers hit 10 of 15 from lengthy vary to begin the sport. McCollum turned the second participant in NBA historical past to make 25 or extra over the primary 5 video games of a season.
Stephen Curry did it twice. He shot simply 4 for 12 from deep and had 26 factors, eight rebounds and 5 assists for the Warriors, Andrew Wiggins scored 15 and Kelly Oubre Jr. contributed 10 factors in his first residence recreation with the workforce.
Golden State lastly obtained again to Chase Heart for its first residence recreation in a 297-day span. However the Warriors took one other lopsided loss following a 2-2 street journey wherein they have been outscored by 65 factors in defeats at Brooklyn and Milwaukee then received at Chicago and Detroit by a mixed 11 factors.
“They got here out smoking scorching, they have been making all the pieces,” coach Steve Kerr mentioned.
Lillard, from the Warriors’ former metropolis of Oakland, shot 11 for 21 with six 3-pointers and in addition dished out eight assists. He averaged 43.7 factors, 5.7 rebounds and eight.0 assists in three video games in opposition to the Warriors final season _ together with a 61-point efficiency on Jan. 20, 2020.
Draymond Inexperienced did not rating and had 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 fouls over almost 18 minutes making his season debut for Golden State, his first recreation since Feb. 27 in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers and a stretch of 309 days. He had been sidelined the primary 4 video games by a proper foot harm after being delayed beginning coaching camp as a result of he had the coronavirus.
“Draymond simply seems like he is getting his wind. He regarded like a man who missed coaching camp and has been working his technique to get onto the ground,” Kerr mentioned. “It regarded like an exhibition-style recreation for him. That is not a criticism, it is simply the place he’s bodily.”
No. 2 total draft decide James Wiseman gave Golden State a scare when he went down grabbing his left ankle late earlier than strolling off on his personal. It wasn’t severe and he’s anticipated to play Sunday.
Photographs of the late Clifford Robinson carrying each Warriors and Blazers jerseys have been proven on the massive display screen throughout a first-quarter break. He died Aug. 29 at age 53.
The Warriors moved their championship banners down beneath one basket, a pleasant contact for followers to glimpse on TV.
NEW YEAR’S HOOPS
The Warriors performed at residence on New Yr’s Day for simply the fourth time in franchise historical past and the primary time since a 125-93 win in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Kings in 1982 for the 499th profession teaching victory by Warriors Corridor of Famer Al Attles.
Golden State hadn’t performed Jan. 1 since 2011 at Miami.
“I am pleased the 12 months is ending, like most individuals. It has been a awful 12 months for everyone,” Kerr mentioned main into the sport. “As a coach my job is to remind our gamers that higher occasions are forward, on and off the courtroom. On the courtroom we had the worst document within the league in 2020. … If you happen to take a look at the off-the-court stuff, there’s a mild on the finish of the tunnel with the vaccines and with only a glimpse of the longer term and we have got to all proceed to attempt to encourage others to be sensible, be secure, attempt to defend one another, put on our masks and be actually affected person and perceive that we’re all going to get by means of this ultimately. It isn’t going to occur in a single day.”
Path Blazers: F Rodney Hood was restricted to 5 minutes due to a cramp in his left quadriceps. … Drexler scored 18,040 factors. In Lillard’s 620th recreation performed, he tied Larry Chicken as Twenty first-fastest in NBA historical past to attain 15,000 factors and fourth amongst lively gamers behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. … Anthony’s 18 factors gave him 26,499 and he handed Tim Duncan (26,496) for 14th place on the all-time NBA scoring record.
Warriors: The Warriors started 3 for 12 to fall behind 22-7. … Golden State performed its first residence recreation since March 10 in opposition to the Clippers. … Curry has made a franchise-record 76 straight free throws. Curry hasn’t missed on the line since March 29, 2019, vs. Memphis, then started the present streak that very same recreation. … Andrew Wiggins (15 factors) has scored in double figures each recreation to date. … C Marquese Chriss underwent surgical procedure Thursday to stabilize his proper ankle joint after a struggling an ankle and fibular fracture throughout observe in Chicago on Dec. 26. He’ll instantly start rehab and is slated to be re-evaluated in about three months.
After the rivals’ first assembly in almost a 12 months since Portland’s 129-124 additional time win at residence on Jan. 20, 2020, they meet for the second recreation of their sequence Sunday night time again at Chase Heart as Golden State continues a season-high stretch with seven straight residence video games.
“The great factor is slicing again on the journey,” Kerr mentioned.