On a night the Jazz, Lakers, and Mavericks all won, the Blazers fell 4.5 games behind Utah and LA in the chase for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Blazers, with just nine games remaining, were shot out of any serious playoff consideration by Steph Curry and the Warriors. Curry made seven 3-pointers and scored 39 points to lead Golden State to a 125-98 victory at Oracle Arena.
Portland led 21-13 in the first quarter, but the Warriors outscored Portland 12-3 to end the period. And when the Warriors outscored the Blazers 11-3 to start the second quarter, the rout was on.
The Warriors scored 65 first-half points and led by ten at halftime. They led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter and led 96-78 heading into the final period. The 96 points were the most scored in the first three quarters by any Blazer opponent all season.
Meyers Leonard, who started the game in the absence of the injured LaMarcus Aldridge, scored Portland's first eleven points of the 4th quarter and finished the night with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds thus recording his first NBA career double-double. But the Blazers could not stop Golden State which shot 54% from the field, considerably better than Portland's 38%.
The Blazers play on the road Monday night agains the Utah Jazz. The game starts at 6 p.m. Coverage begins at 5 p.m. on the Home of the Blazers, Newsradio 1190 and 102.3 KEX.