The Trail Blazers fell below the .500 mark with a puzzling loss Monday night to a surprising buzz saw of an underdog.
The Golden State Warriors, more than a bit of a no-name team due to injuries to stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in particular, handled Portland most of the night and pulled off a 127-118 victory — their first win at their new, San Francisco home, the Chase Center, in five tries.
Six Warriors scored in double figures, and a rookie 6-7 power forward from Villanova, Eric Paschall, celebrated his 23rd birthday by going for 36 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers.
The Blazers faltered in the final half-quarter, going from a 99-99 tie to a double-digit deficit from which they couldn't recover. Portland missed 10 consecutive shots, and the Warriors went on a 12-0 run, playing with a hunger and intensity that put them over the top.
Portland fell to 3-4 this season, including 3-2 on the road.
Once-dominant Golden State, seemingly on the way to convincingly missing the NBA playoffs, improved to 2-5.
Damian Lillard poured in 39 points for the Blazers, making 15 of 26 shots and 5 of 13 from beyond the arc. Hassan Whiteside had 22 points (10 of 14 from the floor) and a team-high 11 rebounds.
But the Warriors were able to strike in 10 of 26 from 3-point deficit and finish at .488 from the field.
Portland's next game will be at Staples Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Then the Blazers come home to face the Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Friday and the Atlanta Hawks at 6 p.m. Sunday at Moda Center.
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