Blazers have Midas touch against Golden State
April 11, 2012, 9:22 pm
After a disappointing loss to Houston earlier this week, the Blazers hoped to keep their slim playoff hopes alive against Golden State.
The Blazers came out motivated in the first half. Jamal Crawford seemed to break out of his shooting slump in the first quarter, putting in nine points in the first quarter. David Lee kept Golden State within striking distance in the first quarter, putting in ten points as the Warriors ended the first quarter down three, 28-25.
In the second quarter, Jamal Crawford poured it on.
Crawford went on to score 12 points in the second quarter, and helped the Blazers extend their lead to seven points at the half, 62-55. Crawford finished a huge first half with 21 points. J.J. Hickson, who started in place of the injured LaMarcus Aldridge, added 15 points. David Lee was the top scorer for the Warriors in the first half, putting in 16 points of his own.
Portland put their foot on the gas in the third quarter, scoring the first seven points of the period, and extending their lead to 15 points. The Warriors managed to get back to within single digits, but Jamal Crawford led the Blazers on another run to extend their lead to ten at the end of the third quarter, 85-75.
The Warriors showed the Blazers that they wouldn't go down without a fight, scoring the first nine points of the fourth quarter briefly taking a one point lead with six minutes remaining in the game. But the Blazers had the final run of the night. Wesley Matthews stepped up to put the game on ice for the Blazers.
Felton ices the game with a 3-pointer
The Blazers went on to win by a final score of 118-110. Portland takes the season series with Golden State, 3-1.
Jamal Crawford finished with a season-high 34 points. J.J. Hickson eared a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Raymod Felton also earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 assists. Joel Przybilla grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds, while scoring just two points. A total of five Blazers scored in double figures in the victory.
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