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Blazers vs. Warriors Final Score: 95-90; Golden State Holds Off Portland

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The Blazers barely fell short due to late turnovers at Moda Center Sunday night.

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Three games into the year, the Portland Trail Blazers are not quite running at full volume.  It showed as the Golden State Warriors benefited from key calls and clutch shooting to win Sunday night at Moda Center.

For the second game in a row, the Blazers started the game ice cold from the field.  Aldridge shot 1-of-6, Lillard was 1-of-5, Lopez was 1-of-4, and Batum was scoreless.  Overall, the Blazers shot 26% from the field, including missing multiple open shots.  On defense Klay Thompson got to do what he pleased, shooting 6-of-12 for 15 points.  Overall, the Warriors led by eight after one quarter.

While the second quarter went just as badly for the top three scorers from a year ago, the bench rallied the team.  Will Barton and Thomas Robinson provided a boost of energy, with Robinson bringing the Moda Center crowd alive with a one-handed alley-oop conversion from Wesley Matthews.  Matthews and Robin Lopez combined to score 15 in the period, and the Blazers cut the lead to three at halftime.

Lillard and Aldridge finally started heating up in the second half, and the Blazers defense clamped down on Stephen Curry and Thompson, holding them to just eight points in the third quarter.  With timely shooting from Barton, Batum, and Aldridge the Blazers tied the game going into the fourth quarter.

The Blazers starters got hot in the fourth, but the Warriors matched them turnover for turnover, shot for shot.  While Portland was able to keep Curry and Thompson under wraps, Leandro Barbosa and Andrew Bogut carried the load to keep the game close.  The Blazers led late 90-89, but a controversial play with 14 seconds remaining gave Golden State the ball after Matthews was thrown to the ground, and Thompson hit a pullup jumper to give the Warriors the final lead.

Aldridge led the Blazers with 26 on 10-of-20 shooting, including 5-of-6 from field in the fourth.  Matthews had a strong night with 18.

Box Score

Gameday Thread Reaction

Man, this game has been horrible to watch. The best part was when my cable box went on the fritz in the second quarter and the screen went black while we came back to within one.
by Tyler Durrden

Imagine the lead we'd have if Dame had an average game.
by Reasonable Approximation

Post-Game Reaction

VIDEO: CJ McCollum strips the ball from Leandro Barbosa and dishes it to Will Barton for the fast break dunk.

VIDEO: Robin Lopez earned the NBA's Dunk of the Night award for this dunk during the third quarter of tonight's game.

VIDEO: The NBA recaps tonight's game against the Warriors.

VIDEO: Both coach Terry Stotts and forward LaMarcus Aldridge spoke with the media following tonight's loss.