The Golden State Warriors were unable to recover from a slow start, despite a big night from Kevin Durant, losing to the Portland Trail Blazers 123-117.
Relive all the sights and sounds below.
The Blazers outscored the Warriors 40-27 in the first quarter, building their cushion to as high as 19 in the second quarter, forcing the Warriors to play catch-up throughout. While the Warriors were able to cut Portlandís lead to two with 1:29 to go, Golden Stateís slow start proved to be a death blow.
Kevin Durant: With 50 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Durant notched his first 50-point performance in a Warriors uniform, carrying the Warriors offense much of the night.
Draymond Green: With 16 points and 12 rebounds, Green recorded his third consecutive double-double and 17th this season.
Warriors defense: After posting a 93.7 defensive rating over the past three games, the Warriors gave up 123 points as Blazers guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 73 points.
Klay Thompson: The Portland area native couldnít find the touch, hitting just 6 of 15 from the field, finishing with an inefficient 17 points.
Stephen Curry: The sharpshooting guard struggled throughout, hitting just six of 17 shots, including a putrid 3 of 10 from 3-point range. Over the past five games, Curry is shooting 34.1 percent from 3-point range.
NUMBERS OF NOTE
5: Kevin Durant secured his fifth career 50-point game. His career-high is 54 points.
18: Durantís 18 third-quarter points are the most heís scored in a quarter this season.
.5 games: Thatís how by much the Warriors trail the Houston Rockets for the bes record in Western Conference headed into the All-Star break.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Warriors coach Steve Kerrís response to a gunman killing 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Wednesday:
"Nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert and a movie theatre. It’s not enough to apparently move our leadership and our government and the people running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralizing."
"We can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people’s lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they finance their campaign for them.Ē