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Blazers Take Game 3 as Damian Lillard Drops 40

Image courtesy of nikk_la/Flickr.

Image courtesy of nikk_la/Flickr.

The Portland Trail Blazers did what was necessary in Game 3 – they received an explosion from Damian Lillard and contributions from multiple players. This led to a 120-108 Game 3 win. Lillard had 40 points on 14-27 shooting (8-13 on threes). He also had 10 assists.

Beyond Lillard, the Blazers were given a remarkable 23/10 game from Al-Farouq Aminu. He was 8-of-9 from the field and 4-for-5 on threes. C.J. McCollum had 22 points and 5 boards.

For the Warriors, Klay Thompson continued getting all he could eat in the absence of Steph Curry. Thompson put up 35 points on 14-28 shooting. Shockingly, Thompson’s 35 didn’t lead the Warriors in the scoring column.

That leader was Draymond Green, putting up possibly the greatest game of his still young playoff career. Green had 37 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists. He was 13-23 from the field and, ready yourself for this stat, 8-12 on threes.

The problem for the Warriors and benefit for the Blazers was the fact that no one outside of Thompson/Green stepped up. The only other Golden State player in double figures was Leandro Barbosa who had 10 points.

Behind an energized Portland crowd, the Blazers shot 46.5 percent from the floor and 56.7 percent on triples. If you’re looking to beat the best regular season squad of all time (albeit a squad minus Curry), lighting it up with such a percentage from three isn’t the worst place to start. Portland had 10 turnovers.

Golden State went 47.7 percent from the field, 48.3 percent on triples, and had 12 turnovers. Aside from not landing enough contributions outside of Thompson/Green, the larger GSW problem was defense. They simply couldn’t stop the Lillard led attack of the Blazers.

Game 4 will be Monday, 5/9 at 10:30 PM ET in Portland. Expect the endless “will Curry play?” question to remain a common talking point.

108
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Golden State 28 18 34 28 108
Portland 22 36 35 27 120
120
8:30 PM ET, May 7, 2016
Moda Center at the Rose Quarter, Portland, Oregon  Attendance: 19,673

 

Golden State
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Green F 40:43 13-23 3-6 8-12 -2 2 9 8 1 1 2 2 37
H. Barnes F 33:14 2-8 2-2 1-3 -14 0 6 1 0 1 0 1 7
A. Bogut C 11:29 3-4 0-0 0-0 -2 4 8 0 3 0 1 5 6
K. Thompson G 37:53 14-28 2-2 5-9 -3 0 1 1 1 1 3 1 35
S. Livingston G 25:25 2-4 1-1 0-0 -5 1 3 10 0 0 2 1 5
A. Iguodala 30:04 0-5 1-2 0-1 -3 1 4 4 1 0 1 3 1
L. Barbosa 17:34 5-7 0-0 0-1 -6 3 5 0 0 1 2 1 10
I. Clark 17:24 3-7 0-0 0-2 -20 0 1 2 0 0 1 2 6
B. Rush 14:12 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
F. Ezeli 5:44 0-0 1-2 0-0 -6 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 1
M. Speights 4:56 0-2 0-2 0-1 -3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
J. McAdoo 1:22 0-0 0-0 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Varejao  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
S. Curry  DNP — INACTIVE
K. Looney  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 42-88
(.477)
10-17
(.588)
14-29
(.483)
11 42 29 6 4 12 20 108

 

Portland
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
A. Aminu F 41:04 8-9 3-3 4-5 +9 1 10 0 1 0 1 3 23
M. Harkless F 6:33 1-4 0-0 1-2 +1 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 3
M. Plumlee C 17:26 2-6 1-4 0-0 +5 3 7 2 1 0 1 5 5
D. Lillard G 41:50 14-27 4-4 8-13 +7 3 5 10 0 0 3 2 40
C.J. McCollum G 42:10 8-18 5-5 1-5 +15 1 5 4 0 1 1 2 22
A. Crabbe 30:01 2-8 4-5 2-4 +25 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 10
E. Davis 29:35 3-5 2-2 0-0 +7 2 10 0 2 1 2 2 8
G. Henderson 23:07 2-8 3-4 1-1 -5 1 1 2 0 0 0 3 8
B. Roberts 5:45 0-1 1-2 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
P. Connaughto 0:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Montero 0:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
N. Vonleh 0:50 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. Kaman  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
C. Alexander  DNP — INACTIVE
M. Leonard  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 40-86
(.465)
23-29
(.793)
17-30
(.567)
11 41 19 4 5 10 19 120

 

Officials: Mike Callahan, Pat Fraher, Bill Kennedy
Time of Game: 2:27
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