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Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,797

Trail Blazers go for two in a row over Warriors in short order

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Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. The Warriors have lost their last two road games against the Trail Blazers. Since Steve Kerr took over in 2014-15, Golden State has never lost three straight road games against a single opponent.
  2. Stephen Curry is shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range this season, what would be his 10th straight season shooting 40.0 percent or better. The only other player in NBA history to do that in at least 10 straight seasons (no minimums used) is Steve Nash (11 in a row from 1999-00 to 2009-10).
  3. Kevin Durant is the only NBA player leading his team in points, rebounds, assists and blocks this season, and he would be the first Warriors player to do so in a season since blocks were first tracked in 1973-74.
  4. The Blazers have had a very stable lineup this year, using only three different starting lineups all season -- tied with the Hornets and Pacers for the fewest in the NBA.
  5. Damian Lillard has made at least one three-pointer in 22 straight games against the Warriors, the second-longest streak ever by a player against the Warriors (Peja Stojakovic, 41 straight).
  6. Evan Turner is averaging 4.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game this season despite not starting a game. The last NBA player to average 4.0+ rebounds and 4.0+ assists per game in a season while making fewer than five starts (minimum 70 percent of team games played) was Washington's John Williams in 1988-89.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Trail Blazers would love to see a repeat.

The Golden State Warriors are looking for a different ending.

The teams meet Saturday night at Moda Center, two days after the Trail Blazers' memorable 110-109 victory over the Warriors at Oracle Arena.

Damian Lillard's 3-point shot with 5.1 seconds left in overtime proved the game-winner for the Blazers (20-15), who had lost eight straight at Oracle dating to 2013.

Golden State (23-13) nearly won despite poor shooting -- .425 from the field, .295 from 3-point range and .400 (6 of 15) from the free-throw line.

The Warriors, who entered the game leading the NBA in foul shooting (.828), missed nine of their first 10 at the line.

"It definitely stings when you leave money out there on the floor," Golden State forward Kevin Durant said. "It's unacceptable to miss that many free throws. We're pretty efficient at the line. I started us off missing two in a row, and I think that got to us."

The Trail Blazers prevailed despite shooting only .362 from the field and .325 from 3-point range. They were 21 of 23 at the free-throw line and got an outstanding performance from center Jusuf Nurkic, who led the way with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

"I liked the way he finished on the block," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. "He had a good matchup. It's disappointing when he drew some double teams and made some nice passes and we missed on some wide-open looks. But to be able to play through him like that was a real advantage for us against their small lineup."

Golden State tried to defend Nurkic with Kevon Looney or Draymond Green, both 6-foot-9 forwards who are not big enough to guard the 7-foot, 275-pound Nurkic on the block.

The Warriors also had trouble with Seth Curry, Stephen Curry's younger brother and a backup guard for the Blazers. The younger Curry scored all 11 of his points -- including three straight 3's -- in the fourth quarter to keep the Trail Blazers alive.

"That was great," he said afterward. "First time I've ever beaten (Stephen)."

Golden State rallied from a 96-86 deficit with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. Durant knocked down a trey with 19.1 seconds remaining to tie the score at 102.

After a timeout, Lillard lost a handle on the dribble and wound up throwing a wild shot at the buzzer that missed everything, and it was on to overtime.

Green sank a 3 to give the Warriors a 109-107 lead with 46.6 seconds remaining in the extra session. Neither team scored again until Lillard hit a quick-release 3 from the corner with 5.1 seconds left.

After a timeout, the Warriors inbounded to Durant, who missed an open eight-foot jumper as time expired.

"That's a shot I work on every day," Durant said. "I'm pissed I missed that."

Portland is 13-5 at home and Golden State 8-8 on the road, but Warriors coach Steve Kerr said a complete game Saturday could turn the tide.

"(Thursday's game) was a wild game, a strange game," Kerr said. "I didn't think we competed very well in the first half. I loved the way we competed in the second half.

"If we play with that type of intensity and competitiveness for the whole game, then we're in business. But we have to do it for 48 minutes."

Updated December 28, 2018

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