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NBA — Warriors beat Trail Blazers in 2017 quarterfinals rematch


OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors were without three of their starters, and yet the Portland Trail Blazers were still no match for the reigning NBA champs.

On Monday night at Oracle Arena, the Warriors snatched their seventh straight victory by winning 111-104.

Stephen Curry (ankle), Draymond Green (shoulder) and Zaza Pachulia (shoulder) were out, but Kevin Durant continued his stellar play by way of a team-high 28 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks.

Klay Thompson chipped in 24 points and four 3-pointers.

Golden State (22-6) has now claimed 19 of its past 21 games against Portland (13-13), including 12 in a row at home.

Portland is in a funk, having lost five straight, including the previous four at home. They were held to 42 percent shooting from the field, and they allowed the Warriors to shoot it at a 55 percent clip. Only three Trail Blazers players scored in double-digits.

Damian Lillard did his best to single-handedly steal this game. He scored a game-high 39 points. After being down by as many as 24, Portland got the deficit to eight down the stretch of the fourth quarter, but Lillard had little help and wasn’t able to finish the deal.

CJ McCollum finished with 21 points, and Evan Turner supplied 10 points.

The defensive play of the game came early in the third quarter. Turner was on a fast break with Durant trailing him. Turner leaped in the air, getting Durant to bite and passed it to Lillard. The point guard went up for a dunk, but rookie Jordan Bell appeared out of nowhere for the chase-down, left-handed block, after which the ball ricocheted off the glass and the Warriors scored on the other end.

Nick Young left the game after the third quarter. He was diagnosed with a concussion. Minutes prior to that, he collided with Bell and continued to play on. He is in the concussion protocol.

In addition to Monday night’s contest, nine of the next 10 games are at home for the Warriors. They will not leave the state of California for the remainder of the calendar year.

The Mavericks are on deck for Thursday. Golden State defeated the Mavs 133-103 on Oct. 23 in Dallas.

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