PORTLAND, Ore. – The Warriors have said that above all they were more concerned about playing well at the end of the season. That’s why there were positive vibes that came out of a 119-117 overtime loss at Portland.
The Warriors clawed back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit and got the game-tying shot from Draymond Green. They saw Stephen Curry get red hot and hang 47 points on the playoff-bound Trail Blazers. At this stage, Golden State will take that.
With a playoff series likely against the Los Angeles Clippers looming, the Warriors appear dangerous. Green, who is adjusting back to a bench role after David Lee regained his position in the starting lineup, embodied that with a big shot.
“He’s not afraid of the moment, a guy that’s always ready,” coach Mark Jackson said. “Played big for us, the numbers don’t do him justice, but made a big shot for us, and we expect that from him.”
Jackson beamed about Curry dishing off to Green and then Andre Iguodala for the 3-point attempt that rimmed out on the final possession in overtime. Curry had a chance for 50, but made the right decision, Jackson said.
Forty-seven points, of course, is still 47 points and tied for the second most Curry has scored in a single game in his career.
“I don’t know why people continue to be so amazed by it,” Green said of Curry’s performance, smiling. “I’m amazed when he doesn’t do that. I’m used to seeing it. Nonetheless, it’s still amazing.”