Steph Curry, Kevin Durant combine for 65 as Warriors pull away late to turn back Blazers
Steph Curry had his best scoring game since November with 35 while Kevin Durant added 30 points to lead the Warriors. AP

STEPH Curry exploded for 35 points and Kevin Durant added 30 to lead the Golden State Warriors in turning back a gallant stand by the Portland Trailblazers to come out on top, 125-117, at the Oracle Arena on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

The Warriors built a 13-point lead early in the second quarter but the Blazers, who remained without injured star Damian Lillard, stormed back behind CJ McCollum, who sparked a 22-6 run late in the period and take a slim 71-69 edge at the break.

Curry and Durant then combined for nine points in a 12-3 start for the Warriors to regain control in the second half, 81-74. Golden State also limited McCollum to just two markers in the third after scoring 26 before the break, while Curry heated up for 12 in the period with the Warriors taking a 99-92 lead into the fourth.

Portland got as close as five early in the fourth but Golden State’s bench held steady until Durant and Curry led a late push to get back on top by 13, 123-110, into the last two minutes of the match. The Blazers got within eight with over a minute left to play but a crucial steal by Draymond Green sealed the Warriors’ fourth straight win.

Durant did most of the damage in the first half, with 21 points before the break, while Curry caught fire after halftime with 19 of his total output in the final two quarters. Klay Thompson struggled from the field with just 5-of-15 shooting to end up with 14 markers, while Zaza Pachulia chipped in 13.

Green had another all-around effort with nine points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals, while Curry had his best scoring game since November to help the Warriors improve to 31-5.

The Blazers fell to 15-22 despite having six players in double figures, led by McCollum with 35 points. Allen Crabbe added 18 markers, while Mason Plumlee had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  


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