PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Klay Thompson scored 29 points, including a go-ahead jumper with 8.7 seconds left, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Trail Blazers 95-90 on Sunday night.
The victory gives the Warriors three straight wins to open the season — their best start since 1994-95 when they opened 5-0.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Blazers, who dropped to 1-2 to start the season.
After wrestling for the lead throughout the fourth quarter, Aldridge’s layup and a fadeaway jumper with 2:01 left gave Portland a narrow 90-88 lead.
Andre Iguodala missed the second of a pair of free throws for Golden State with 26.3 seconds to go to keep the Blazers in front. But Thompson nailed the running jumper to give the Warriors a 91-90 lead.
Steph Curry made free throws the rest of the way for the final margin. Curry finished with 21 points for the Warriors.
Thompson scored a career-high 41 points the night before in a 127-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Thompson combined with Curry to score 72 of Golden State’s points.
Coach Steve Kerr said before Sunday’s game that he was impressed — but not only with the scoring outburst from the duo known as the Splash Brothers.
“It’s a tandem that’s playing both ends of the floor. That’s exciting,” he said.
Thompson and Curry scored Golden State’s first 16 points against the Blazers, and the Warriors built a 24-14 first-quarter lead after Thompson’s 3-pointer.
Golden State led by as many as 12 points, but Portland closed the gap to 38-27 following Wesley Matthews’ 3-pointer and Thomas Robinson’s basket. The Blazers couldn’t pull in front, but kept it close and trailed by just 51-48 at the half.
Portland briefly pulled ahead 68-66 late in the third quarter on Will Barton’s 22-foot pull-up jumper and the game was tied at 68 going into the back-and-fourth fourth.
Robin Lopez, who had collected five fouls, hit a short jumper to give Portland an 80-79 lead with 5:49 left. Andrew Bogut’s tip-in and Thompson’s dunk gave the Warriors back an 85-84 lead.
The Blazers were coming off a 103-94 loss at Sacramento on Friday night.
There was talk about Damian Lillard’s slow starts after the first two games of the season. He had totaled just six first-half points and was 2-for-10 from the field.
The All-Star guard’s first-half woes continued against the Warriors, and he was 1-for-8 for five points. Lillard finished with 11 points.
Coach Terry Stotts was unconcerned. “Dame just plays the game. He’ll get his shots.”
Warriors: Klay Thompson is the son of Mychal Thompson, who was selected first overall in the 1978 draft by the Blazers. The elder Thompson spent seven years in Portland. … Thompson and Curry combined for 31 first-half points.
Blazers: F Joel Freeland was ruled out of the game because of a left foot injury he sustained against the Kings. … Blazers owner Paul Allen has set up TackleEbola.com to raise money to fight the disease. The Blazers and Allen’s other team, the Seattle Seahawks, have made public address announcements calling attention to the cause. Allen committed $100 million to the effort.
Warriors: Host the Clippers on Wednesday.
Trail Blazers: Host the Cavaliers on Tuesday.
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