OAKLAND — In the span of 24 seconds in the first quarter, Kevin Durant drained a driving layup, sank the and-one free throw, blocked a pair of shots and splashed a 25-footer.
In the Golden State Warriors’ 125-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, Durant logged 30 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and three blocks. Durant was one of two Dubs to clear the 30-point plateau as Stephen Curry accounted for a team-high 35.
“He would probably tell you it wasn’t his best game,” head coach Steve Kerr said of Curry. “He had to fight through a couple of tough spells and he did. I thought he did a great job of kind of getting through the rough patches and turning what started out as a bad game into a really good one.”
The win pushed the Warriors’ record to 31-5 overall and to 3-0 overall against the free-failing Blazers, who have dropped eight of ten.
“It was a good win,” Kerr said. “We had to scrap and a lot of good things happened in the second half — especially our defense. I was happy with the effort.”
For the third time in as many games, the Warriors scored at least 125 points against the Blazers, but this one was not like the 135-90 beating they handed out at Oracle on Dec. 17 or the 127-104 rout they produced at the Moda Center in Portland back on Nov. 1.
“I’m always happy when we win,” Kerr said. “Winning is hard in the NBA. I thought Portland played great tonight.”
Even as the Warriors produced 40-point quarters in the first and the third, the hosts had a difficult time gaining separation from the Damian Lillard-less Blazers.
The Warriors turned in a bizarre first half. Entering the second quarter with a 40-34 lead, Golden State built up a 13-point advantage only to watch the Blazers roar back into the game.
Portland held a 71-69 lead heading into the break before the Warriors, as has become standard procedure, exploded in the third quarter.
Thanks to a driving layup from Zaza Pachulia with 9:21 to go in the third, the Warriors claimed a lead that they would not give back. Pachulia hit doubles figures (13) for the second time in as many games.
Draymond Green passed out 11 assists as the Warriors remain undefeated in games when the All-Star forward has double-digit dimes.