Trail Blazers 93, Warriors 91
Jamal Crawford stepped to the foul line with 44 seconds left in
a tie game and needed some extra time to shake off the pain in his
right wrist following a hard fall.
He spent those few seconds listening to former teammate Nate
Robinson, who was trying to distract Crawford with trash talk,
before calmly knocking down both shots to give Portland a two-point
Gerald Wallace scored 24 points and Crawford hit a key 3-pointer
just before his clutch free throws to lift the Trail Blazers over
the Golden State Warriors 93-91 Wednesday night.
”He’s like a little brother to me,” Crawford said, referring
to Robinson. ”We went to high school together and were teammates
for three years in the NBA. I’m still the big brother. Heck, he had
a pretty good game, too.”
Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Trail Blazers, who had
lost 11 of their last 12 in Oakland. Marcus Camby added 12 points
and 11 rebounds.
”The thing we’ve been missing in a lot of games is finishing
down the stretch,” Portland coach Nate McMillan said. ”I thought
we did that tonight. Gerald hit a big basket, Jamal hit a big shot
and Marcus made a key stop. That’s what we need to win these close
David Lee matched his season high with 29 points to lead the
Warriors, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Lee also
grabbed 11 rebounds.
”There were times we had an opportunity to close them out,”
Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. ”They made a couple of
dagger 3s with the clock dwindling down and that really hurt. So, a
tough loss, but we move forward.”
Crawford, who finished with 14 points, hit a long 3 to put
Portland ahead 91-90 with 1:03 left. Robinson made one of two from
the foul line to tie it with 51 seconds remaining before Crawford
sank his free throws for the final points of the game.
”A win like this can catapult us,” Crawford said. ”Those guys
play good at home and we haven’t won here much. We were the
aggressors and usually the aggressors win.”
Robinson had the ball with 6 seconds remaining but lost control
of it driving to the basket and kicked it out to Brandon Rush,
whose 3-point attempt missed.
”Nate was getting whatever he wanted to do on the floor,”
Jackson said. ”It was a high pick-and-roll, and when he came off
he had options around the court in shooters. We did get what we
Portland All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge missed the game with a left
ankle injury sustained early in Tuesday night’s game against
”To see a guy like LaMarcus go down like that shakes you up,”
Crawford said. ”We had to regroup after last night and focus on
this game. It was a huge win for us.”
Robinson finished with 21 points for the Warriors. Dorell Wright
had 12, but Monta Ellis was limited to 10 and did not play in the
fourth quarter because of an illness.
Wallace scored 10 points in the second to help rally the Trail
Blazers to a 57-54 halftime advantage.
Portland took a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter as the
Warriors missed their last six shots of the third and their first
four of the final period before Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer from
the corner with 8:52 remaining, tying the game at 74.
Thompson’s shot sparked a 16-6 run that gave the Warriors an
88-82 edge with 3:04 left. The Trail Blazers tied it at 88 with
just under 2 minutes to play on Wallace’s 3-pointer.
The Warriors scored the game’s first seven points and shot
nearly 58 percent to take a 27-20 lead after the opening
Notes: Of the seven games Aldridge has missed over the past
three years, four have been against the Warriors. … Robinson
averages 15 points a game against the Trail Blazers, his
second-best against any team. … Jackson all but challenged the
players selected for the NBA 3-point shooting contest to go up
against Brandon Rush and Klay Thompson. ”We can put something at
stake and I’ll take my guys,” Jackson said. … Warriors
broadcaster Jim Barnett was an original Trail Blazer. … Lee
recorded his fifth consecutive double-double at home. … The Trail
Blazers scored a season-high 37 points in the second quarter. …
The Warriors fell to 1-5 in games decided by three points or