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Golden State defeats Portland, 127-104: Stephen Curry’s big third quarter secures the win

Warriors return to form in road rout of Trailblazers

NBA: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The 2-1 Golden State Warriors might as well have won their first game of the season when they earned a 127-104 victory against the Portland Trailblazers tonight at the Moda Center.

A concerted defensive effort not seen in the first three games helped fuel a huge run by the Warriors in the third quarter. Stephen Curry lead the charge, pouring in 23 points on 12 shots, going five for six beyond the arc and singlehandedly outscoring the Trailblazers for the third frame. Despite scoring just six points, Draymond Green was one of the Warriors most impactful players, with a signature defensive performance, notching three steals, two blocks, and eight rebounds, along with nine assists.

Curry’s supernova third quarter and Green’s all-around brilliance covered a tough outing from Klay Thompson, as the all-star shooting guard continues to have a slow start to the season, missing all seven of his attempts from three. Kevin Durant laid a goose egg from downtown, but he found other ways to score, ending the night with 20 points, while also playing the passing lanes, notching four steals, putting his total at 12 on the season. Ian Clark kept the Warriors in the game early with a heroic first-half while the Warriors struggled to find offense from the stars. This game was the first time the Warriors bench outscored the opponents, in no small part due to Clark’s 20 points on a perfect eight for eight shooting.

The Warriors will host the Thunder this coming Thursday in what is sure to be an exciting game and they certainly will look to build off an impressive performance on the road against a potential playoff opponent.

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