David Lee, Klay Thompson shine as Warriors down Blazers
Portland, OR, United States (4E Sports) – David Lee fired 24 points and Klay Thompson added 19 as the Golden State Warriors notched their second straight preseason victory with a 101-97 win over the Portland Trail Blazers at Rose Garden.
Lee went 10-for-17 from the field and had eight rebounds for the Warriors (4-1), whose only preseason defeat came at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, 104-98.
The Warriors also defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 101-83; the Utah Jazz, 83-30 and the Sacramento Kings, 98-88.
Carl Landry and Brandon Rush added 18 and 16 points off the bench, respectively, while the Warriors’ 2012 seventh overall pick Harrison Barnes scored six points in 25 minutes of action.
Four Portland (2-3) starters churned out double digits in scoring, led by LaMarcus Aldridge’s 18 markers, eight of which he scored in the first quarter to give the Blazers a 28-20 lead.
Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum scored 15 points apiece while Wesley Matthews scored seven of his 14 points in the first period to support Aldridge.
With Aldridge spearheading the attack, the Blazers snatched a 12-point lead, 28-16, after an offensive rebound and putback by Victor Claver.
The Warriors then closed out the opening period with two foul shots by Richard Jefferson and a lay-up by Brandon Rush.
Rush sank two foul shots to tie the score at 30 and put the Warriors ahead, 37-34, with a hook shot.
Barnes put Golden State ahead, 70-68 with a 3-pointerbut Batum answered with a three of his own to snatch the lead for the Blazers.
The Warriors then took over in the final period, taking a 90-83 lead after a layup by Thompson.
The Blazers, however, refused to fold as Sasha Pavlovic buried a three-pointer to pull within 96-95 with one minute remaining.
Thompson then sank a free throw and Jarrett Jack hit a layup to extend Golden State’s lead to 99-95 with 19 seconds left.
Will Barton provided the Blazers’ last stand with a basket before Thompson made two free throws for the final score.
Warriors playmaker Stephen Curry was sidelined by coach Mark Jackson in the second half as precaution after a player rolled up on his surgically repaired right ankle late in the second quarter. He finished with two points.