Warriors pair hit back

Stephen Curry (left) of the Golden State Warriors and C.J. Watson of the Orlando Magic go for a loose ball during a game, on March 7, 2016.
Stephen Curry (left) of the Golden State Warriors and C.J. Watson of the Orlando Magic go for a loose ball during a game, on March 7, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Curry and Thompson dominate Trail Blazers backcourt rivals as champs avenge away loss

OAKLAND (California) • Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson dominated their match-up with the Portland backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum on Friday night, exploding for 71 points in the Golden State Warriors' 128-112 blowout of the Trail Blazers.

Curry had 34 points and Thompson a game-high 37 as the Warriors (58-6) avenged their most lopsided loss of the National Basketball Association (NBA) season en route to their 47th consecutive home win.

Lillard had 51 points and McCollum 21 in Portland's 137-105 home win over the defending champions last month.

However, this one was a polar opposite almost from the opening tip.

Thompson poured in four three-pointers in the first six minutes and three seconds, helping Golden State take the lead for good at 16-9.

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Then Curry, scoreless at that point, took over. He dropped in four threes of his own and added three two-point hoops in a personal 18-point flurry over the final 4min 55sec of the period, helping Golden State run up a 40-27 lead.

The margin reached 20 by half-time and 24 by the end of the third quarter, allowing both teams to rest starters for the second half.

Curry, who was held to 12 points in Wednesday's win over Utah Jazz, surpassed that total in the first 11 minutes this time around.

He finished 13-for-23 from the field, including 7-for-14 from three-point range.

Thompson went one better. He bombed in 13 of his 22 shots, including eight of his 11 threes.

The eight three-pointers gave him 204 for the season, making the two Golden State All-Stars the first set of team-mates in NBA history to record 200 three-pointers apiece in a season for two years in a row.

"Klay came out blazing. Me, not so much," Curry said. "It took me a while to get into it. He brought a lot of energy on both ends of the floor. We kind of fed off of that.

"It was a huge pick up considering how poorly we played against them last time."

McCollum had 18 points and Lillard 17 for the Trail Blazers (34-32), who were coming off a 116-109 overtime win at home over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday to snap a three-game losing streak.

"(Damian) just had a great game last time we played them," Thompson said. "I just try to take away that three ball. He's got range like Steph."

The loss was costly for the Trail Blazers in the race to make the play-offs.

They now find themselves tied in the loss column with the Dallas Mavericks (33-32) and the Houston Rockets (33-32), who are only a half-game behind.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 13, 2016, with the headline 'Warriors pair hit back'. Print Edition | Subscribe