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    Damian Lillard and the Blazers pull off a big win over a Warriors squad missing DeMarcus Cousins, Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.
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    PORTLAND, Oregon — Damian Lillard scored 29 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped Golden State's five-game winning streak with a chippy 129-107 victory on Wednesday night (Thursday, Manila time) that included the late ejection of Warriors coach Steve Kerr.

    Jake Layman added 17 points off the bench for the Blazers, who had eight players in double figures. The win snapped a two-game skid.

    Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry each had 32 points for the Warriors, who rested DeMarcus Cousins following a victory at home over Utah the night before.

    After a tight three quarters, Layman's long jumper gave Portland a 104-101 lead in the final period before Zach Collins blocked Damion Lee's layup on the other end.

    Collins and Klay Thompson exchanged words, and the frustration spilled over to players from both sides. The two players were given offsetting technical fouls.

    Portland led 110-103 before Draymond Green was called for a flagrant foul on Collins with 3:54 left. Kerr reacted angrily, throwing his clipboard to court and yelling at the officials before he was ejected.

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    Lillard made the three technical shots and Collins made his free throws to give Portland a 115-103 lead. Layman added a 3-pointer to all but seal the win.

    In addition to Cousins, the Warriors rested guard Shaun Livingston and forward Andre Iguodala. Kerr said before the game that Cousins and Livingston got the night off because of the back-to-back games, and Iguodala was additionally a "little banged up."

    The Warriors started Kevon Looney in Cousins' place.

    Earlier in the day, the Blazers signed center Enes Kanter. The New York Knicks, who decided to focus on younger players, were unable to deal Kanter before the trade deadline and waived him instead.

    Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Kanter will join the team for the Jan. 21 game against Brooklyn following the All-Star break. Kanter will back up starter Jusuf Nurkic.

    Durant led all scorers with 16 points in the first quarter, and Golden State led 33-31. Durant played just five minutes of the second quarter as the Warriors turned to their bench and finished the half with 20 points.

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    The first half was close — Portland held a slim 64-61 lead at the break — and it stayed close in the third quarter. Looney's basket tied it at 75 with just under nine minutes to go in the period.

    The game first got testy midway through the quarter when Durant pushed Nurkic after the two appeared to exchange words, but the officials quickly diffused the situation.

    Curry made back-to-back 3-pointers and the Warriors took a 93-88 lead, but Lillard answered with a 3.

    It was the last game before the All-Star break for both teams.

    TIP-INS

    Warriors: Kerr said before the game the team would rely on its bench with three key players missing. Among those expected to see extended minutes was Jordan Bell, who went to Oregon. "He deserves some action. I'm excited to play him. He's got his Oregon shoes on tonight, representing the Ducks." Bell had six points and nine rebounds in 16 minutes.

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    Blazers: In addition to Kanter, Portland strengthened its bench prior to the trade deadline with the addition of Rodney Hood. Portland's second unit will now consist of Seth Curry, Layman, Hood, Kanter and Evan Turner.

    "The addition of Enes fortifies our front court for this critical late season push," said Neil Olshey, Blazers president of basketball operations. "He's an impact player with playoff experience that will be an excellent fit with our style of play."

    UP NEXT

    The Warriors host the Sacramento Kings on Feb. 21.

    The Blazers visit the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 21.

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    Damian Lillard and the Blazers pull off a big win over a Warriors squad missing DeMarcus Cousins, Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.
    PHOTO: AP
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