The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the last game of the night in the NBA. The hosts were better than the champs in their Moda Center, after a ferocious finals quarter in which they allowed only 12 points to one of the best-attacking teams in the history of the league.
The final result was 129-107.
GSW scored only two points in the span of seven and a half minutes in the fourth period, not being able the endure the pressure imposed by the home team.
Here are highlights.
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— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) February 14, 2019
Steve Kerr got ejected, Klay Thompson was dragged into a trash talk encounter with Zach Collins, which completely put him out of the game.
Collins was the guy who got the momentum on Blazers side. At first, he rejected Damion Lee’s layup sending the ball to the stands. Then immediately afterward forced an offensive foul on Klay Thompson, and they started to exchange some words on the court, and the referee awarded a tech to both of them.
In the end, Collins forced another foul, only this time it was Draymond Green’s flagrant. This very much upset Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr who slammed his clipboard and got ejected.
This is the flagrant foul that led to Steve Kerr spiking his clipboard and getting tossed. pic.twitter.com/3FK224Wuhn
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 14, 2019
That was the decisive moment of the event, as the Trail Blazers used all five free throws. Two on the foul and three for Kerr’s tech, ending the possession with Jake Layman hitting a three-pointer making this an 8-point play. That pulled the hosts to 118-103, with 3:34 until the end, and there wasn’t a chance for the champs to get back in.
Damian Lillard scored 29 points shooting 6 of 8 from downtown, adding 8 dimes. Layman had 17 off the bench, shooting 7 of 9 from the field, while McCollum scored 15. Jusuf Nurkic had a double-double 11 points and rebounds each.
Before this game, Trail Blazers signed center Enes Kanter who was previously waived by the Knicks.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 14, 2019
For the Warriors, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were the only with a double-digit number of points. They both scored 32 buckets.
Golden State resumes their quest for another title after the All-Star weekend at home. They will be hosting the Sacramento Kings next Thursday.
Meanwhile, Portland will visit Brooklyn on the same day.