Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 34 points, J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Golden State Warriors 118-110 on Wednesday at the Rose Garden.
Crawford was 10 of 18 from the floor and 13 of 13 from the free throw line. Hickson was 10 of 17. The duo combined for 36 points in the first half.
Wesley Matthews added 18 points for the Blazers. Raymond Felton had 16 points and 10 assists. Nicolas Batum had 14 points and two steals. Joel Przybilla had a season-high 14 rebounds.
Portland (28-31) is 4.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
For the second time this season, the Blazers beat the Warriors without their All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.
Aldridge did not play due to a right hip injury. According to Joe Freeman of the Oregonian, Aldridge underwent an MRI on Wednesday and an abnormality was discovered. Aldridge will undergo further evaluation.
Aldridge missed Portland’s 93-91 win at Oracle Arena earlier this season with a sprained left ankle.
David Lee had 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists for Golden State. Nate Robinson had 19 points and eight assists. Richard Jefferson had 15 points.
After winning the season’s first matchup, Golden State has lost three straight to Portland. The Warriors lost the season series to the Blazers for the first time since the 2002-03 season.
The loss also eliminated the Warriors from playoff contention.
After leading by seven at halftime, Portland scored the first seven points of the second half to extend to a 14-point lead. The Blazers led 84-69 with 2:41 remaining in the third quarter.
The Warriors ended the third quarter on a 6-1 run and scored the first 10 points of the fourth to tie the game at 85. After Brandon Rush converted a 3-point play, the Warriors had a 96-95 lead with 6:20 to go.
The Blazers finally snapped out of their funk by scoring six unanswered points to go back up by five and made big shots down the stretch.
After the Warriors cut the lead to two with 1:04 left, Matthews hit two consecutive jumpers, including a 3-pointer, to hold off the Warriors.
Felton, Batum and Matthews each hit a 3 in the last four minutes to offset two from Klay Thompson and one from Jefferson.
“They’re very well coached and they have pros on that team,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said on facing the Blazers without Aldridge. “They still have weapons on the floor and we expected a very hard-fought ballgame. But we’re disappointed coming out of here losing.”
Golden State lost despite shooting 52 percent from the field and was 8 of 16 from 3-point range. Portland shot 47.7 percent and was 10 of 23 from beyond the arc. Both teams shot 60 percent in the fourth quarter and combined to make 7 of 12 3-pointers.
“We lost this ballgame on the defensive end,” Jackson said. “You give up 118 points and allow them to get a rhythm and open shots. That’s not our brand of defense that we’ve been preaching all year long.”
“Jamal Crawford got it going,” Lee said. “Anytime he gets it going, it not only opens it up for himself, but with all the attention you have to give him, it opens it up for other guys on the floor. That’s the reason you can’t let him get it going early.”
Portland shot 28 free throws, compared to 11 for Golden State. The Warriors were outrebounded 45-38, but scored a season-high 68 points in the paint.
“That’s something we try to make an effort on is continuing to get the ball in the paint,” Lee said on the points inside. “Continuing to drive and not settle for jump shots. A lot of times when we do that, it opens up the three point line because the other team has to collapse. I thought we did a pretty good job, especially in the first half, of doing that.”
The Warriors committed 15 turnovers for 20 points. The Blazers committed 14 turnovers for 19 points.
“We’ve been giving (up) uncontested shots,” Jackson said. “We haven’t made the adjustments. We made a lot of mistakes all night long. It cannot be accepted. It cannot be tolerated, so disappointed with our overall effort tonight. We were great in spurts, but we don’t get paid to play or coach in spurts.”
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