OAKLAND — Stephen Curry corralled the long rebound as he strode past the 3-point line before flinging a pass — two-thirds of the court — to Draymond Green. Standing on the edge of the paint, Green passed up the easy bucket and instead zipped a pass to Klay Thompson who sank a three.
On a night when the Golden State Warriors handed out at least 30 assists for the 20th time this season — no other team has more than five such games — the Dubs bullied the Portland Trail Blazers 135-90.
Green accounted for 13 of the 36 dimes and also added 12 rebounds to go for his eighth double-double of the season.
“I really don’t judge myself off assists or off rebounds,” Green said. “Those things, they look good on the stat sheet, but you can get those things and fool everyone.”
Despite not seeing the floor in the fourth quarter, Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 34 points, shooting 11-of-13 from the field.
“He wants to be ultra-efficient every single night and he basically was for the first 20-plus games of the year and then he had a few bad ones,” said head coach Steve Kerr. “I thought he was getting down on himself. It looked like he just relaxed and went out there and had a great, fun night.”
Durant and Curry combined for 26 points in the opening quarter in a game which was settled before the Blazers even had a chance to re-group in the locker room.
The Warriors pushed their advantage to as much as 28 points in the second quarter, taking a 70-45 lead into the second half.
For the second time in as many games against Portland, Ian Clark proved to be a Blazer slayer. The reserve guard went for a season high 23 points, hitting 9-of-11 shoots from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point land.
In the fourth quarter, after Clark crossed over his defender and hit a 3-pointer, the bench went wild.
“Somebody actually just showed me [the celebration] in the locker room and I saw Kevin on the ground swimming,” Clark said. “So, it’s always fun. We enjoy each other while we’re on the court and we like to have fun and I think that’s why we play so well together.”
In two games against Portland, Clark has now totaled 45 points in 46 minutes while missing just two shots.
In Zaza Pachulia’s return from a four-game layoff due to a right wrist contusion, JaVale continued to make the big Georgian squirm. In 11 minutes of the bench, the lob-happy center went for 11 points and grabbed five boards.