Fueled by 2nd-quarter burst, Warriors rout Blazers, end 4-game slide

Golden State opens up back-to-back with 125-97 win

Bonta Hill
November 23, 2018 - 11:35 pm

Sometimes, all you need is a little holiday cheer to shake off the losing ways the Golden State Warriors had inherited over the last week.

A franchise that has grown allergic to losing, the Warriors snapped their four-game slide, thanks in part to a monster second quarter, cruising past the Blazers 125-97 on Friday night.

Behind a lineup that consisted of Shaun Livingston, Jordan Bell, Jonas Jerebko, Damian Lee, and Kevin Durant, the Warriors opened the frame on a 22-5 run, outscoring the road-weary Blazers 35-17 in the pivotal quarter.

Overall, the Warriors held the Blazers high-powered offense in check, holding them to 40.9 percent shooting from the floor.

Kevin Durant (32 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, and 3 blocks), was special on both ends of the court. His dunk in Jake Layman’s grill was vicious, but this block on C.J. McCollum (somebody call Jennifer!) had Oracle Arena — along with the Warriors’ bench — in a frenzy.

Klay Thompson afterward discussed Durant’s all-around greatness, and why he’s one of the best players’ in the world:

Thompson was no slouch either, as he had one of his best shooting nights of the season, scoring 31 points (12-of-21), including four 3-pointers. He helped the Warriors sustain their double-digit lead with 15 points in the third quarter, including this smooth jumper:

Despite Washington State losing the Apple Cup, Thompson was visibly relieved to see the Warriors come out victorious.

However, Bell’s energy was something his teammates singled out. As Thompson noted, Bell had a Draymond Green-esque stat line: five points, five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and two steals, including this game-changing play that brought Green up out of his seat:

Bell, who’s had to deal with inconsistent playing time, talked about being ready at all times, knowing that he has to provide energy, especially with the injuries the Warriors have had to deal with this season.

Bell actually tried to explain what “fake hustle” was in one of the funnier moments for this squad in the last two weeks.

Whether Bell’s second quarter hustle play was real or fake, the Warriors remembered what a win felt like. They’ll for sure have to bring the same energy Saturday night against a young, hungry Sacramento Kings team.

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