The Golden State Warriors held on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. Below are some of the notable nuggets from the Warriors’ win.
37- The number of points Damian Lillard scored. Lillard’s hefty total made him the first rookie to score 37-plus points since Jordan Crawford scored 39 on the Washington Wizards in 2011. Kobe Bryant’s 34 points against Golden State was the orginal single-game scoring-high against the Warriors, but Lillard blew that long-lasting record up thanks to 26 second half points. Ironically, the last Warriors’ rookie to score at least 37 in a game, was Stephen Curry, who scored 42 on these same Blazers in 2010.
7- The number of 3-pointers Lillard made, which is the most the Warriors have surrendered to an opponent this season.
7- The number of points LaMarcus Aldridge scored, a season-low. David Lee and Carl Landry harassed the perennial All-Star constantly, and Festus Ezeli was very active as well. While Lillard’s 37 points put the Blazers back into the game, Aldridge’s ineffectiveness ultimately prevented Portland from winning the game.
23- The number of wins the Warriors currently have, equaling their total from last season.
10- The number of shots Lillard made consecutively spanning from the end of the third quarter to midway through the fourth quarter.
43- The number of 3-pointers the Blazers attempted. Yes, that’s a lot. The New York Knicks took 43 three’s against Miami earlier in the season, which is the 11th highest total taken in a single game in NBA history. To put things into perspective, 49 attempts is the single game record. So, the Blazers weren’t too far off. Wesley Matthews, Lillard, and Luke Babbitt all attempted at least 10 3-pointers, while Nicolas Batum attempted seven.
12- The number of assists Stephen Curry dished out. The 12 assists is a season-high, and the most important of the dozen was a nifty feed to Carl Landry to secure the win.