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Lillard-less Trail Blazers Make Warriors Work For Their Win: Post-Game Roundup

CJ McCollum torched the Warriors for 35 points in a single-digit loss on Wednesday.

Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Shorthanded but not short on effort, the Portland Trail Blazers took on the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night in a game that wouldn’t be decided until the final minutes. The Trail Blazers got down early in the first quarter but responded by taking a 2-point half time lead.

However, with no Damian Lillard, the Warriors were able to key in on CJ McCollum in the third quarter and keep him mostly off the scoreboard. With McCollum neutralized, the Warriors took control of the game and built enough of a lead to dictate the pace. The Trail Blazers made one final push but fell short under the barrage of three pointers levied by the Warriors, 125-117.

The first half was all about the McCollum cooking show:

The second half saw the Warriors come to life:

Warriors Forward Kevin Durant on CJ McCollum:

Head coach Terry Stotts on the Trail Blazers’ effort:

video via CSN NW

Mason Plumlee on the Trail Blazers’ being in the game until the end:

video via CSN NW

The Trail Blazers (15-22) have a chance to shake off last night’s loss rather quickly with a matchup against the Los Angles Lakers (13-25) tonight in Portland. Recently announce, Damian Lillard is expected to return to the starting line up.

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