Trail Blazers 90, Warriors 87
LaMarcus Aldridge felt he had missed enough easy shots for the
”I thought my time was coming,” he said. ”The odds had to
They did. Aldridge hit a turnaround fadeaway jumper that gave
the Trail Blazers the lead over the Golden State Warriors with 39.9
seconds to go Sunday night. He added a pair of free throws for the
Aldridge finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, while
Raymond Felton scored a season-high 24 for the Blazers, who evened
their record at 3-3 since Kaleb Canales replaced fired coach Nate
” We talks about resolve and I felt like guys responded
tonight,” Canales said. ”LaMarcus made huge plays down the
stretch. He had a big shot, but more than that, he made the right
reads and plays tonight.”
Brandon Rush hit two straight 3-pointers that gave Golden State
an 85-80 lead with 3:37 left. But two free throws later, Felton
made a 3 to tie it at 85 with 2:32 left.
Wesley Matthews missed one of two free throws for Portland
before David Lee’s tip-in gave the Warriors back the lead. After
Aldridge’s jumper put Portland in front, Lee fouled Aldridge and he
made his free throws for the final margin.
Golden State rookie Charles Jenkins missed a 3-point attempt at
the buzzer and the Warriors lost for the sixth time in eight
”I think we showed a lot about our team – the fight that we
have, the fight we’re going to have the rest of the season,” said
Felton, who also had seven assists.
Jenkins finished with a career-high 27 points starting in place
of injured guard Nate Robinson, who strained his right hamstring in
the Warriors’ 111-108 victory over the Kings the previous night,
was in uniform but did not play.
”Tonight coach told me to be a little more aggressive and I got
it going a little bit. I was able to get away with taking more
shots than normal,” Jenkins said. ”Luckily, they were falling
tonight. Unfortunately, we didn’t win so I can’t celebrate.”
The Blazers won despite shooting just 36.5 percent from the
field (31 of 85). It is the only time they’ve won a game this
season shooting less than 40 percent.
Jenkins pointed to Aldridge’s defense on the final play of the
”It was drawn up for me to come off of a screen, but they
switched it and LaMarcus Aldridge – his arms are very long,” he
said. ”There was no way I could get the shot off with that little
bit of time, so that was a tough play.”
Both teams have dealt with upheaval in recent weeks.
The Warriors traded away fan favorite Monta Ellis and have been
starting rookie Klay Thompson, who has scored in double figures in
the last six games, including a career-high 31 points Saturday
night against the Kings.
Thompson and Lee both finished with 16 against the Blazers.
The Blazers dismissed McMillan and traded away starters Marcus
Camby and Gerald Wallace at the NBA trade deadline on March 15.
Canales was still trying to assimilate newcomers Jonny Flynn and
Hasheem Thabeet, as well as forward J.J. Hickson, acquired off
waivers from the Kings.
The Blazers jumped out to a 17-11 lead on Aldridge’s dunk off a
pass from Felton. But the Warriors closed the gap before the first
quarter was over, and went ahead 27-26 on Jenkins’ pull-up
Lee’s layup and free throw gave Golden State a 41-33 lead late
in the second quarter, and the Warriors were up 45-40 at the
Golden State stretched the advantage to 53-45 on Thompson’s
jumper, but the Blazers closed to 57-56 on Aldridge’s dunk before
going ahead on consecutive long jumpers from Felton.
The game shifted in Portland’s way when Felton grabbed a steal
but fell trying to control it, and passed it from the floor to
Nicolas Batum, who went in for the fast-break layup and free throw
to put Portland ahead 65-59.
Thompson’s 3-pointer got the Warriors as close as 70-69 early in
the fourth quarter. Jenkins’ pull-up jumper and a layup put Golden
State in front 75-72, but the Blazers went up 80-77 on Felton’s
3-pointer with 5 minutes to go.
Felton made four of seven 3-point attempts in the game.
The Blazers were coming off a 103-96 loss to the Lakers Friday
night at Staples Center.
NOTES: McMillan, fired as the Blazers’ coach on March 15, took
out a full-page ad in the Oregonian newspaper Sunday, thanking fans
for their support: ”Coaches come and go but one thing that will
never change is the unique bond that Portland and Oregon has with
its NBA team,” McMillan wrote in the ad. Earlier this week,
McMiIllan dropped by the team’s practice facility to personally
thank the employees there. … Jenkins’ previous career high was 15
at Sacramento on March 13. … Warriors guard Stephen Curry missed
his eighth straight game with a sprain of his surgically repaired