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Portland wins shootout with Golden State

  1. Written by: KevinHudson

    The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-110, Wednesday, in front of 20,502 at the Rose Garden.

    They did so without the services of LaMarcus Aldridge, who missed the game with a sore right hip.

    Portland (28-31) led by 85-75 headed into the fourth quarter but a 10-0 run by the Warriors to start the period tied the game at the 10-minute mark.

    Golden State (22-35) tied the score four more times before finally grabbing the lead, their second of the game, 96-95 with 6:20 remaining in the contest.

    The Trail Blazers pulled ahead 97-96 one minute later on Joel Przybilla's first points of the night and would never trail again, as long distance strikes from Raymond Felton, Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews helped Portland extend for the final margin.

    With the loss, Golden State was mathematically eliminated from the Western Conference playoff race.

    "Our resolve got tested once again tonight and I’m very excited about the way we responded," said Portland coach Kaleb Canales. "Defensively, for us we gave up two 30-point quarters but our game-winning habits came into play today. Offensively, we executed down the stretch and a lot of guys in the locker room made a lot of big time shots."

    Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 34 points on 10-of-18 shooting and 13-of-13 from the free throw line, including 21 first-half points to stake Portland to a 7-point lead at the break.

    The Trail Blazers extended that lead to 15 points in the third quarter before giving up the lead early in the final stanza.

    "I just felt comfortable. It’s unfortunate the season is winding down and I’m feeling more comfortable," Crawford said. "I envisioned more nights like this when I first came here but everything happens for a reason and better late than never."

    Przybilla grabbed a team-high 14 rebounds as Portland outrebounded Golden State 45-38 and JJ Hickson tallied a double-double starting in place of Aldridge with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Felton notched his own double-double with 16 points and 10 assists.

    "We’re excited to have JJ. His activity level on both ends is something we’re excited about," Canales said. "He plays with activity and speed on defense and he runs the floor really well. He put up a great stat line, but beyond that, he just had a lot of game winning plays tonight."

    David Lee scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Warriors and Nate Robinson added 19 points and eight assists off the bench.

    Portland wraps up its homestand against the Dallas Mavericks, Friday, 7:30 p.m., at the Rose Garden. The game can be seen locally on Comcast SportsNet and nationally on ESPN. 750 AM The Game and NBA Audio League Pass will have the play-by-play call.

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