Exciting times in the Western Conference, and last night’s Dubs-Blazers thriller showed off why. The Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, combined for 64 points, and Damian Lillard threw the hammer down on Harrison Barnes late in the fourth. In the end, it was a late Thompson three that gave the Dubs what coach Mark Jackson deemed, “as good a win as we’ve had in three years when you think that we were really out of character early on in the game.”
First, we have to show you Lillard’s throw-down on Barnes. Thompson was denying him the ball on the perimeter, so Lillard cut backdoor, caught the bounce pass and elevated past a Barnes rotation. So purty:
But Dame wasn’t the only one that could excite the senses during last night’s game. Steph pulled off an amazing sequence midway through the fourth. He intercepted Nicolas Batum‘s entry pass to Wesley Matthews and took off the other way. He slowed up enough for Matthews to catch him, and let David Lee set a screen along the wing. But Steph deked towards the screen, went behind his back the other way and created just enough space to drill a three-pointer. He then politely informed the Moda Center crowd of his brilliance with some minor gesticulations in their direction.
Steph finished with a game-high 37 points, but it was his Splash brother, Klay â€” plus a little luck from Batum â€” that won it for the Warriors in the end. With under 20 seconds to play, Steph got into the lane and the Blazers converged. He swung it out to Barnes in the corner who touch-passed it to Klay for an above-the-break three. It ripped the nylon to give the Dubs a 113-111 advantage with just 11.1 seconds remaining.
Batum had a chance to tie the game from the free throw line, but he missed his second attempt, and the Warriors held on for the big road win.
(Klay video via Dawk ins)
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