Sunday night, the Golden State Warriors were almost able to take care of business in Portland against the Trailblazers, but ran out of gas in overtime, as they lost 119-117. The highlight of the night? Stephen Curry did all that he could do with a whopping 47 points, but in the end, not enough his teammates scored. The Warriors DO NOT win when Curry has this type of game.
All three of Stephen Curry’s 47+ point performances have come in a losing cause. Blazers win this one in OT, 119-117
— GSWStats (@gswstats) April 14, 2014
This game had a lot of ups and downs form the start. In the first quarter, the game started off like the one in Portland earlier this year, except the Warriors were only down 23-19 at the end of the first quarter. The largest deficit was 9, but the Dubs stayed focus. They closed the second quarter hot and were able to take a 52-44 halftime lead, closing the half on a 20-6 run.
Damian Lillard, who finished with just 13 points, was having a very hard time scoring, but was instrumental in the Blazers’ comeback run. In the third quarter, it seemed as if the Blazers couldn’t miss. From Wesley Matthews hitting ridiculous step-back 3-pointers, to Mo Williams scoring on the turnaround jumpers, Portland climbed back into the game to take the 1-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
Their magical run continued into the fourth, where they were able to build a 10-point advantage. Led by the Splash Brothers, however, the Warriors charged back to close the gap and eventually tie the game. After Stephen Curry missed a layup that would have given the Warriors an advantage, Matthews calmly sank two free throws, and the Blazers led by three.
Portland elected not to fowl on the ensuing possession, and Draymond Green scored a 3-pointer to tie things up. On the final play of the fourth quarter, Matthews sprang free for the win, but missed the shot long and the game went to overtime.
Here, the game was again back and fourth. The Blazers grab a 4-point lead and the Warrior fans are starting to think negatively until their team charges back with a 8-4 run to take the 1-point lead. After Curry missed a jumper on a mis-match with LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 26 points, Lillard drove to the basket and was fouled. Upon seeing the replay, there was no apparent contact, and Thompson had fouled out of the game. He scored 25 points in the second half and had the hot hand.
Down by three with 9 seconds remaining, the Warriors elected to go for the 3-pointer. Curry drew the defense and kicked it out to Andre Iguodala, who has two game winners on the season, but the shot was long and there was no chance for the rebound. The Blazers had claimed the victory and the fifth seed.
The Warriors are not done securing their spot, however. Although they own the tie-breaker with Dallas, they are only .5 games ahead and could easily lose that place. That would mean that they would be forced to play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round as opposed to the Los Angeles Clippers, who they split the season series with 2-2.
Against the Clippers, they have a chance. Against OKC? I’m not so sure about that.