Damian Lillard after Portland Trail Blazers beat Warriors: We're the real deal

Andre Iguodala Jordan Bell

Podcast: Rip City Report, Episode 130

Take a look at the Western Conference standings, and underneath the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, you'll see a surprising team in third place: the Portland Trail Blazers. - The Warriors have turned it over on 15.6% of offensive possessions this season, the second most in the National Basketball Association. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 40 points.

Greetings win streak fans.

The game was riddled with Golden State mistakes.

McCollum hit a 3-pointer to give the Blazers a 101 -93 lead with 7:20 left.

"I'm glad the refs got his ass", Durant said. Whether Thompson spends most of his defensive energy on McCollum or Lillard is unknown, but he will make life hard for whoever he guards. In the second, he went 17-for-27 from the floor, hit six 3-pointers, and had 50 points, seven rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. Portland is now holding on to the three seed in the Western Conference.

At the end of the night the collectively hot hands of the Trail Blazers were too much for the Warriors who lost 125-108 in Portland, a night after "emptying the clip" against the San Antonio Spurs.

The Warriors play again on Sunday in Minnesota where they'll be without Curry, who stayed in the Bay Area for the short two-game road trip to treat his sprained ankle.

It was that Valentine's Day victory over the Warriors, after all, that first teased the Blazers' potential, an entertaining and enlightening game that was undecided until the closing seconds. "That's one of the hallmarks of our group the last few years", Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game.

"I think we're playing good basketball at the right time", McCollum said. We've also submitted the podcast to Spotify, so if you use that service, let us know if/when it's available. Even without a host of excellent players, they still have a whole host of other excellent players.

The Timberwolves are also dealing with the loss of an injured superstar as Jimmy Butler has missed the past five games with a knee injury. During the Blazers' 11-game hot streak, Lillard has averaged 34.1 points per game and is shooting 42.6 percent from 3-point range. Portland led by as many as 15 points in the quarter but the Knicks closed the gap to 57-52 at halftime. Durant led all players with 22 points while Lillard had 15. A long 3-pointer by Durant made it 83-77 late in the quarter. Something like eight points and 12 boards from Ed Davis; 10 points from Al-Farouq Aminu (plus his typically excellent defense); and maybe a handful of three-pointers from Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton and Zach Collins.

Thompson became the second player in National Basketball Association history to make at least 200 three-pointers in six different seasons. The 5-year veteran has averaged more than 18 points per game each season since being drafted in 2012. Reserve center David West missed his third straight game with an infected cyst in his right arm. In the second quarter, a fan was escorted from his courtside seat after having some words with the forward.

NY has won just one of its last 14 games.

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