Warriors surge to beat Spurs; Blazers top Lakers in close battle

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Warriors (6-3) 112; Spurs (4-4) 92

The Spurs got off to a hot start in front of their home fans, leading 33-24 after the first quarter. However, the Warriors slightly narrowed the gap in the second quarter and trailed by five, 55-50, at halftime. The second half was a completely different story, as Golden State dominated, outscoring San Antonio 62-37 en route to the decisive victory.

The Warriors’ “Big Four” showed up in this one. In fact, they were the only Warriors to score in double-figures. Klay Thompson (27/3/2) topped the scoring column on 11-of-17 shooting while Kevin Durant (24/8/5), Stephen Curry (21/8/4) and Draymond Green (16/5/7) all had typical games. The foursome combined for 88 of Golden State’s 112 points. For the game, the Warriors shot 51.8 percent overall and went 14-for-28 from three-point range. They also dished out 30 assists.

Keeping up with his current trend, LaMarcus Aldridge (24/10/2) was the go-to guy for San Antonio, who are trying to stay afloat while Kawhi Leonard is recovering from his injury. Kyle Anderson (16/7/4) and Pau Gasol (11/6/2) were the only other Spurs to score in double-figures as the team struggled shooting as a whole, going 39.1 percent from the floor and just 7-of-24 from three. San Antonio had 19 assists and turned the ball over 16 times in the loss.

Trail Blazers (5-4) 113; Lakers (3-5) 110

Portland was scorching from the field in the first quarter, posting 41 points while giving up just 25 to the Lakers. However, instead of going away, Los Angeles outscored Portland 37-25 in the second quarter to make the score 66-62. The second half was a back-and-forth affair, but in the end, it was a Damian Lillard (32/6/5) who sunk a game-winning three-pointer with just 0.7 seconds remaining in the contest, breaking a tie.

Lonzo Ball (0/3/4) didn’t make an impact for the Lakers, going just 0-for-2 from the field in a conservative showing. However, Brook Lopez (27/3/1) turned in his best performance as a Laker, going 9-of-15 from the field and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe. Kyle Kuzma (22/3/0) went 10-of-17 shooting off the bench for LA. While the team shot an impressive 54.4 percent from the field, they went 4-of-18 from beyond the arc and had just 16 assists on 43 made baskets.

The trio of Lillard, Jusuf Nurkic (28/5/5) and CJ McCollum (22/2/5) were not only the only Blazers to score in double-figures, but they also combined for 82 of Portland’s 113 points. Portland owned the glass, out-rebounding the Lakers 41-to-32 in the close battle.

Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers
Northwest Division
San Antonio Spurs
Southwest Division
L.A. Lakers
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder

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