(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Western Conference heavyweights go at it
Sunday night as the Portland Trail Blazers visit the Golden State Warriors.
The Blazers are scheduled to play five of their next seven games on the road
and have a 15-7 record away from the Rose City. They have won two in a row and
seven of their last nine games, including Saturday's 115-104 triumph over
Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and six rebounds, Wesley Matthews added 18
points and six boards, and Robin Lopez chipped in 15 points and 10 boards for
Portland, which made 48.4 percent from the field and had a 50-30 rebounding
advantage. Love was held to 15 points and 13 boards.
Aldridge took center stage over Love and has now scored at least 20 points in
11 straight games, averaging 29.0 points and 12.9 rebounds in that time.
"I thought he just came out and played basketball. He didn't try to overdo it,
he didn't try to do too much," Blazers guard Mo Williams said of Aldridge.
Williams and Damian Lillard scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Portland leads the NBA with 109.5 points per game, but is allowing 103.5 ppg
Golden State can score with the best of them and is posting an average of
104.0 ppg this season. It has played well on defense, too, allowing 99.9 ppg.
The Warriors have lost the first two installments of their five-game homestand
and were handed a 121-120 defeat by Minnesota on Friday. Kevin Martin put the
Timberwolves ahead for good on a jumper with 8.4 seconds to go and Harrison
Barnes' shot at the buzzer was off the mark for Golden State.
"We got a great look, I'm not concerned about that," Warriors head coach Mark
Stephen Curry had 33 points and 15 assists, while David Lee added 23 points
and seven boards for the Warriors, losers in five of seven games since a 10-
game winning streak. The Warriors have a 12-7 home record and will also host
Washington and the Los Angeles Clippers. Klay Thompson netted 18 points and
Andre Iguodala ended with 16 in the loss.
Golden State made 55.1 percent (49-of-89) of its shots and lost for the first
time since 2012 when making at least 55 percent or better from the field. The
49 field goals were a season high.
The Warriors are winless in three straight at home and will try to hold the
high-scoring Blazers under 100 points. Golden State is 19-2 when doing that
Curry will play in his 300th game Sunday and scored 22 points with 11 assists
in a 113-101 loss to Portland on Nov. 23 this season. The Blazers snapped a
three-game slide in this series with that win, but have lost 14 of the
previous 17 matchups as the visitor.
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