The Warriors, behind Kevin Durant, overwhelm the Portland Trailblazers

December 17, 2016

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- Kevin Durant hit his first shot, a three-pointer, to put the Dubs up 3-0. They never, ever trailed in the game as they blew out the Blazer by forty-five points 135-90 at the Oracle Arena Saturday night before another sellout crowd. The Dubs won all phases of the game. They shot 58.6% from the floor. They held the Blazers to 39.5%. They had another game with more than 30 assists. They finished with 36. They outrebounded the Blazers 66 to 36. The Dubs bench led by Ian Clark’s career-high twenty-three and JaVale McGee’s eleven were too much for Portland to handle.

In the first quarter, Durant and Steph Curry each had thirteen points. The Dubs made five three-point shots, including one by Ian Clark to end the first quarter on a 15-6 run to go up by eighteen 39-21. The Dubs outscored the Blazers 31-24 in the second quarter. Kevin Durant scored eight more in the quarter to finish the half with twenty-one. Klay Thompson had eleven and bench players Andre Iguodala, David West, Shaun Livingstone all contributed to the Dubs taking a twenty-five point lead at the half 70-45.

The third quarter belonged to the Dubs. They had it all going for the. They scored thirty-eight points on offense and held Portland to twenty-seven as they increased the lead to thirty-six 108-72. Kevin Durant was hot all night long he scored thirty-four points in just thirty-one minutes of action. He made eleven buckets on thirteen attempts. JaVale McGee scored nine points in seven minutes of action. He made three dunks on lobs and had a bucket on an offensive rebound and a foul shot. He finished the game with eleven. Steph Curry made a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the quarter. Dubs lead 108-72

Steve Kerr removed all the starters from the game. Ian Clark, Shaun Livingstone, JaVale McGee, Andre Iguodala, David West, Patrick McCaw James Michael McAdoo, and Kevon Looney all played in the quarter. The Dubs reserves outscored the Blazer reserves 27-18 to give the Dubs the win 135-90.

Game Notes- The Dubs had five players in double figures Saturday night. KD had a double-double with thirty-four points, eleven rebounds plus 4 assists and one blocked shot. Steph had nineteen to go along with six assists and three rebounds. Klay had sixteen, Ian Clark 23 and McGee 11. Draymond Green had a double-double, too. He had thirteen assists with twelve boards and just three points. The Blazers were led by Damian Lillard’s twenty points. Maurice Harkness added 17, C.J.McCollum 10, and Allen Crabbe 9.

The Dubs improved their record for the season to 24-4 while the Blazers, who have lost seven of the last eight, drop to 13-16. The Dubs are off for two days but return to action Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz at the Oracle Arena. Game time will be at 7:30 pm.The Dubs will be handing on Nate Thurmond Bobbleheads for the first 10,000 fans. Thurmond, who is basketball’s Hall of Fame, Passed away earlier this year and the Warriors remember him as they wear his number 42 on their uniforms every game this year.

 

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