Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Trail Blazers for seventh straight win

Kevin Durant leads Warriors past Trail Blazers for seventh straight win”

Golden State beat the Trail Blazers for the 11th consecutive time, including a 4-0 sweep in the first round of the playoffs last April.

He has reached double figures in two of Golden State's last three games, as he tallied 10 points in the team's win over Charlotte on December 6.

"That's lovely", Golden State forward Draymond Green said of the upcoming schedule.

"Our focus level is just on another level because of the injuries that we have on our team", Durant said. Only three Trail Blazers players scored in double digits.

Klay Thompson had 24 points, and four teammates, including replacement starters Omri Casspi (11) and Jordan Bell (11), also scored in double figures for the Warriors.

Damian Lillard scored 39 points in a losing effort on Monday vs. the Warriors, hitting 12-of-28 shots and 10-of-12 free throws. We have to continue to allow ourselves some more practice time, which is what I think we need. We'll take the Blazers to keep it within the spread tonight with Lillard and McCollum leading the way as usual. He only handed out two assists, but he hit five 3-pointers with four rebounds and a pair of steals.

However, his supporting cast was a bit short-handed as well, with Jusuf Nurkic (sprained right ankle) and Mo Harkless (bruised left quad) out of action. After being down by as many as 24 points, Portland reduced the deficit to eight down the stretch of the fourth quarter, but Lillard had little help and wasn't able to finish the deal. The Trail Blazers (13-13) were tipping off a five-game trip.

Defensively, the Warriors are yielding 106.1 points against the opposing teams.

On the season, the Trail Blazers are averaging 103.3 points, 46.3 rebounds and 18.2 assists per game.

"But I feel like we're in a good place as a group mentally".

The Trail Blazers, like much of the National Basketball Association, have had massive problems when facing the Warriors. Indiana's Victor Oladipo was named Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference. Draymond Green (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence on Friday and struggled with his shot at 1-of-6 from the floor but made up for it with 13 assists and six blocks.

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