Friday, Jan. 1: Blazers 123, Warriors 98
The skinny: The Trail Blazers, led by their high-scoring guards, shot well and shot down Golden State in the first of two games against the Warriors on Friday in San Francisco.
The Blazers made 20 3-pointers, and Damian Lillard had 34 points and CJ McCollum 28 as the Blazers won 123-98.
The Blazers (3-2) led 36-21 after one quarter and never looked back. They hit 10 of 15 3-pointers to start the game. They led by 31 points at one point.
Lillard and McCollum each went 11 of 21 from the field, and combined for 10 3-pointers. Carmelo Anthony and Anfernee Simons each hit three 3-pointers.
Stephen Curry led Golden State (2-3) with 26 points.
The Blazers defense played well.
The Blazers outrebounded Golden State, led by Robert Covington's 11, and had 11 steals, led by Derrick Jones Jr.'s five.
Portland held the Warriors to 20% shooting 3-point land (7 of 35).
Milestone: Lillard topped 15,000 career points, joining Clyde Drexler as the only players in franchise history to top the milestone.
Another milestone: Anthony, who had 18 points, passed Tim Duncan to be 14th in NBA career scoring.
Guards hobbled: Rodney Hood played only five minutes (quadriceps cramp).
Gary Trent Jr. (strained calf) missed his second consecutive game.
Green debut: Draymond Green made his debut with Golden State, playing 18 minutes. The Warriors will be without Klay Thompson (knee) all season.
Next up: The teams play their second game at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
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