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Stephen Curry, Warriors return from All-Star crack to rout Blazers


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Stephen Curry had 18 factors and 14 assists and the Golden Point out Warriors returned from the All-Star split to rout the Portland Path Blazers 132-95 on Thursday night.

Klay Thompson also had 18 details for the Warriors, who had shed four of their previous 5.

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“It was a excellent way to kind of occur back again from the break and establish ourselves on both finishes of the ground,” Curry claimed.

The Warriors led by 37 factors in the 2nd 50 percent and rested their starters in the fourth quarter. 8 players completed in double figures — the previous time Golden Point out experienced as quite a few was in 2009.

“I relished not actively playing the fourth quarter, and seeing our youthful men get some burn off and enjoy pretty effectively,” Thompson reported.

Anfernee Simons experienced 24 details for Portland, which had gained 4 straight going into the split.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers forward Trendon Watford during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. 

Golden Point out Warriors guard Stephen Curry, proper, shoots in front of Portland Trail Blazers forward Trendon Watford during the to start with fifty percent of an NBA basketball sport in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. 
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Portland declared a working day before that center Jusuf Nurkic would be out for at least the subsequent four months since of plantar fasciitis. The harm was the most up-to-date blow to the Blazers, who are small-handed devoid of star Damian Lillard next an stomach treatment.

Portland mentor Chauncey Billups started off Drew Eubanks — who performed at Oregon Point out — at heart. Eubanks, in his fourth NBA season, went to Toronto as portion of the Goran Dragic trade with San Antonio at the deadline and was later waived. He signed a 10-working day contract with Portland on Tuesday.

Portland jumped out to a 29-19 lead in the opening quarter but it failed to very last. The Warriors capped a 15-3 run with Jordan Poole’s 3-pointer to go up 50-38.

Golden State pushed the guide to 20 details and went into the break in advance 70-57. Curry had 18 details and 13 assists for his sixth career double-double right before halftime, and first since December 2017.

“Steph was brilliant tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr reported. “I loved his endurance and the way he ran the staff tonight. He played a wonderful video game.”

Added Thompson: “(Curry) has constantly been ready to move like this. Just his scoring is so good it can get ignored from time to time,” Thompson said.

The Blazers’ struggles continued in the third quarter with just 16 details.

“I considered they performed challenging and they performed very well, they just came up against a juggernaut,” Billups reported. “They kind of took off on us there, they had 39 points in the second quarter, that seriously harm us and we could never ever definitely get well.”

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TIES THAT BIND

Gary Payton II begun for Golden Point out although he was questionable heading into the game because of a shin harm. Like his dad, Payton played at Oregon Point out and acquired a warm ovation from Portland lovers through introductions.

In addition to the Oregon State ties, there was also a Washington Point out connection concerning Thompson and Portland’s CJ Elleby — and previous Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew, who was among the supporters at the video game.

Suggestion INS

Warriors: Kerr explained prior to the game that Thompson is even now on a 30-moment restriction. … Curry extended his streak of at minimum one particular 3-pointer to 180 online games. … Golden State also gained the first two of the a few-recreation sequence with the Blazers.

Trail Blazers: All five of Portland’s starters in the time opener are possibly hurt for the extended-time period (Lillard, Nurkic) or have been traded (CJ McCollum, Robert Covington, Norman Powell). … The Blazers made just 9 3-ideas in 35 tries.

UP Next

Warriors: Host Dallas on Sunday.

Path Blazers: Host Denver on Sunday.

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