Warriors outscore Blazers
Kevin Durant scored 28 points and Klay Thompson added 24 as the Golden State Warriors held off a fourth-quarter run by the Trail Blazers en route to a 111-104 victory Monday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Caifornia.
Damian Lillard scored a season-high 39 points and CJ McCollum chipped in 21 for Portland (13-13), which lost its fifth straight game and the opener of a five-game trip that continues with a 4:30 p.m. PT stop Wednesday at Miami.
The Blazers trimmed a 24-point deficit late in the third quarter to eight points three times late in the game. Pat Connaughton's dunk in the closing seconds got them to within seven.
The Warriors were without three injured starters — point guard Stephen Curry, small forward Draymond Green and center Zaza Pachulia.
The Blazers were missing center Jusuf Nurkic for the second straight game with a sprained ankle.
Portland took a 28-27 lead after one quarter. The Warriors outscored the Blazers 23-10 to open the second quarter and go ahead 50-38. Golden State took a 60-47 lead into intermission. Lillard had 19 points and Durant 17 at the break.
The Warriors extended the difference to 93-69 late in the third quarter. The Blazers then used a 22-6 run to draw within 99-91 with five minutes to play.
Portland's Zach Collins had the biggest game of his rookie season, collecting nine points, seven rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes before fouling out late in the game.
Former Oregon standout Jordan Bell drew his third start of the season in place of the injured Green. The 6-9 rookie finished with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with six rebounds in 25 minutes.
The Blazers have lost seven in a row to Golden State and 11 of their last 12 regular-season meetings with the Warriors.