Despite a valiant comeback effort from the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, the defending champion Golden State Warriors were able to hold on for a 111-104 victory. The Warriors saw an 18-point fourth quarter shrink to single digits thanks to a herculean effort by one Damian Lillard. But in the end, the Warriors hit the shots they needed to down the stretch to seal the deal. Here are three key takeaways from tonight’s game:
- Warriors surge in second quarter. Portland led 28-27 after the first quarter, but Golden State rebounded with a 33-19 second quarter. The lead ballooned in the third quarter before a fierce fourth quarter rally from the Trail Blazers.
- Supporting cast steps up. Playing without Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, the Warriors got key contributions from rookie Jordan Bell (11 points, six rebounds), Omri Casspi (11 points, nine rebounds), Nick Young (12 points) and David West (10 points).
- Collins continues to improve. The rookie had the finest performance of his young career with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and three steals. He also notched 25 minutes and played most of the fourth quarter before fouling out with two minutes left in the game.
Lillard led the Blazers with a season-high 39 points while C.J. McCollum chipped in 21. The Warriors were led by Kevin Durant with 28 points and nine rebounds and Klay Thompson with 24 points.
HOW DO YOU DO IT, JAKE?!? pic.twitter.com/oGwkPNSh7V— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) December 12, 2017
The Blazers are in South Beach on Wednesday to take on the Miami Heat. Stay tuned for more analysis on tonight’s game from Blazer’s Edge.