Stephen Curry scored 14 of his game-high 39 points as the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers.
Playing for the first time since having their 54-game, home-court winning streak snapped by Boston on Friday, the Warriors kept their record perfect in games post losses with an eighth straight victory.
“We take pride in not having lost two in a row,” Curry said. “It hurt to lose last game and see that streak end, so we wanted to come back and take advantage of the opportunity we had tonight.”
Curry, who made 13 of 21 shots in all, found time for six rebounds and seven assists, had his hands full in an entertaining point guard showdown with Portland’s Damian Lillard, who notched up 38 points.
“It was quite a show,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who could afford to enjoy it because his team led for the final 26 minutes of the game. “Both guys had it going.”
Curry also connected on nine of the Warriors’ 18 3-pointers as the club ran its season total to 1,013 and thus became the first NBA team to break the 1,000 barrier in a single season.
But perhaps more importantly, the win means the Warriors now only need two victories more to clinch the top seed spot in the Western Conference playoffs.