What a perfect ending for the Golden State Warriors and Marc Jackson, who have done a great job rising from the bottom. Jackson, who has been the coach for two years, silenced the doubt, hatred, and outplayed some terrible officiating to make the playoffs. It was highlighted by a perfect win against the Blazers, who now tie a franchise-worst 13 game losing streak. Stephen Curry broke the record in three pointers made, and David Lee leads the league for most double doubles. The first Warrior to do that was Wilt Chamberlain.
In the first quarter, the Warriors played solid defense, but their offense was pretty bad. Still, they managed a small lead thanks to some fast break points. Curry tied Ray Allen in the mid first quarter, giving the Warriors an early 12-6 lead. It was all bright from then on. Good defense and activity on the Blazers kept the shooting percentage low, but LaMarcus Aldridge killed the Warriors, scoring more than 12 in the first. The Dubs still had a 24-17 lead entering the second.
The game, at this point, was at a very fast pace, which really benefited the Warriors. The Bigs were playing well with rebounding overall and inside activity, while the guards were shooting lights out. Everything seemed to be working for the Dubs, and they outscored Portland 26-19 in the second to take a 50-36 half time lead. Klay Thompson was on fire.
In the third, the Blazers came out and scored 6 straight points. This is really where the Warriors started to struggle a bit. Thank God for Jarrett Jack, however, as he kept the Warriors in the game with his 12 points on 5/8 shooting. Still, the Warriors needed production to win the game. Aldridge wasn’t helping the Warrriors with 28 points and 18 boards with only 2:40 left in the third. Still, the Warriors maintained at least a 3 point lead, and were up 66-63 entering the last 12 minutes of the regular season.
The Blazers scared the Warriors a couple times in the fourth, but Klay Thompson, who finished with 24 points, helped the Warriors extend their lead to 9 with 5:40 left in the fourth. It was all clear skies, and the Warriors clinched the 6th seed. They will play Denver on Saturday. Stay tuned for A LOT more playoff coverage from Golden Gate Sports.