SAN FRANCISCO – Sure, Stephen Curry would have loved setting the three-hand record of his career at home, even if it would have been a huge feat.
He tried hard to do.
Curry scored 22 points and moved within nine three-pointers of Ray Allen’s record, and the Golden State Warriors held off the injury-ridden Portland Trail Blazers for a 104-94 win on Wednesday night.
“Obviously, getting so many threesomes in one game has never happened before, so it was just a routine night,” said coach Steve Kerr of the 16 curries it took to beat Allen. “He did six, which is not for him. I think I’ve never done that in my entire career. “
The reigning NBA scoring champion shot 6 of 17 from beyond the arc and missed his first four 3-point attempts before scoring at the 5:55 mark in the first quarter. Curry left 3 of 4 of 12 in the first half as Golden State held a 47-45 cross at break.
Norman Powell scored 26 points but went 1 for 7 out of depth, and the Blazers only made 8 out of 30 with 3-pointers. Portland missed injured starguards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
“Strange,” Kerr said before the game. “I don’t think we ever met Portland without them, so they are in a difficult position right now.”
Curry is approaching Allen’s mark of 2,973 regular season 3s made from 1996 to 2014.
Kerr fully anticipated that Curry would shoot from the deep as often as possible to make it happen for the home fans at the Chase Center before the team hit the streets for five games.
“I have a feeling that it will definitely be special because I am going to make it special and it will be an amazing experience for me and my teammates,” said Curry this week.
Draymond Green had 10 rebounds, eight assists, and five points, and Jordan Poole scored eight of his 20 points in the third quarter when Golden State began to pull back. Otto Porter Jr. contributed 15 points and six rebounds from the bench while the Warriors improved to 21-4.
“I’m just part of it,” said Porter, noting that his job will be to help Curry “get candid looks”.
Jusuf Nurkic had 12 points, 13 rebounds and six assists before fouling late. Nassir Little scored 18 points for the Blazers and made all five of his shots in the first half.
Lillard reiterated earlier in the day that he doesn’t want to be traded by the Blazers.
“It’s the truth,” he said as he went into the locker room after warming up.
Not that anyone was surprised that they’re still so strong about staying with Portland.
“He’s said it many times,” said coach Chauncey Billups. “He’s a trail blazer, period. He doesn’t want to go anywhere, he’s not going anywhere. He believes in what we’re doing here. That says a lot, because we’ve been through a lot, on and off the ground, we’ve been through a little. He’s the type of player and superstar that every team wants. … I liked it.”
RESPECT FOR STEPH
Billups noted that the moment Curry crossed the midcourt, “took him in” as a threat to shoot.
“I just think he’s just the best combo guard that has ever played the game,” said Billups.
Trail Blazers: Lillard was sat out to rest and protect against an abdominal injury, while McCollum was on indefinite pause after being diagnosed with a collapsed right lung. … Cody Zeller (right quadriceps bruise) and Anfernee Simons (ankle sprain) also missed the game. … Portland has lost 12 of its last 14 in the Warriors’ home game. … the Blazers dropped to 1-11 on the street.
Warriors: Green was hit with a technical at 7:42 mark of the first. … Golden State has kept their opponents below 50% in 27 games in a row from last season.
Trail Blazers: Minnesota hosted the first of four meetings between the teams this season on Sunday.
Warriors: In Philadelphia on Saturday night after beating the 76ers the last two.