OAKLAND, California – Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 31 and the Golden State Warriors ended their worst defeat since early 2013 in four matches, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 125-97 on Friday night.
Durant is 13 of 21 from the field, eight assists, seven rebounds and three of his team's 11 blocks. Thompson hit five of his first seven shots and won eight of the season's highest for the defending champion twice who did not have two titles.
Twice MVP Stephen Curry, in a previous car accident on the day that made him unharmed, sat again with a tense left crotch and All-Star colleague Draymond Green also remained sidelined with a dislocated toe.
Jusuf Nurkic had 22 points and eight rebounds for Portland at night, Damian Lillard only shot 9 from 24 for 23 points and eight assists. CJ McCollum added 19 points and five assists.
Golden State started the second with a 22-5 shot to build a 46-32 advantage midway through the quarter. Durant driving a dunk and three points playing 2:01 before halftime made his team rise 59-40.
Coach Steve Kerr knows that as soon as his team returns to more offensive execution – a solid screen, sharp cuts, penetrates into the basket – it will lead to more open shots that Warriors haven't gotten during the recent funk.
The four-match skid is the longest under five-year coach Kerr and Golden State has not lost more than that in a row since dropping six straight from 5-19 February 2013.
Quinn Cook, playing on Curry's place, scored 19 points with five 3-point throws when the Warriors drove 17 to 32 from the depths.
The top two teams in the Western Conference both suffered an embarrassing defeat two days earlier: Golden State lost 123-95 to Oklahoma City and Portland 143-100 in Milwaukee where the Blazers never led.
The Warriors have won the last eight with the Blazers at home but lost twice overall.
CURRY CAR CRASH
Curry drove a black Porsche on Friday morning on his way to work when the Lexus driver lost control and crashed into his car. California Highway Patrol Officer Herman Baza said Curry stopped in the middle median and when he waited for officers to come, another sedan lost control and crashed into his Porsche. Baza said no one was injured or arrested and that rain was a factor in the accident.
Kerr said that the point guard was "a little shaken" from fear and "luckily no one was hurt and Steph was fine."
The coach then said cheerfully, "I think he has another car that he can drive too. I think he will be fine. Or he can borrow one from someone else."
Trail Blazers: The Blazers have not won at Golden State since five years ago, 113-101 on November 23, 2013 … Portland took two out of three from the Warriors last season.
Warriors: Durant recorded eight of his 30 points this season and Thompson is third. … Golden State increased to 3-5 without Curry this season. … In the first, Thompson has his fourth fourth game. … The Warriors are 2-3 in the first back-to-back game so far – the next 3-1. … With so many games gathered together, the Warriors don't have time to do a lot of practice, but DeMarcus Cousins must have a full-speed trial time next week and Kerr hopes to renew at the All-Star rehabilitation center from Achilles surgery. … Curry lost his eighth game with a tense left groin and will come out at least through Saturday's battle with Sacramento. He is scheduled to be re-evaluated later that day. … Green was sidelined for the seventh time in nine matches – six of them were injured and he also sat last week against Atlanta in a suspension released by the team.
Trail Blazers: The Clippers host on Sunday drove four consecutive wins in the series.
Warriors: Host Kings on Saturday after losing the last two at home to Sacramento.