OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry hadn't enjoyed looking at stat sheets lately because despite impressive numbers on offense for the Warriors, too often they came during losses.
That trend went on at least a one-game hiatus as the Warriors cruised to a 103-88 win against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena on Sunday.
Curry scored 38 points while the Warriors held the NBA's highest-scoring offense to its season low in points. Afterward, he likened coach Mark Jackson to a disc jockey for "remixing" defensive schemes after the Warriors had surrendered 121 points to Minnesota in a loss at home two days earlier.
The Warriors, having lost five of seven games entering the contest, were motivated to shut down an opposing offense, and it came against a Portland team currently in third place in the Western Conference. Playing on a second straight night, the Trail Blazers shot a season-low 33.7 percent from the field and committed 14 turnovers.
"Just what the doctor ordered," Jackson said.
The third quarter featured the Warriors holding the Trail Blazers to 12 points, matching Golden State's best defensive quarter of the season.
With the Trail Blazers struggling, the Warriors grabbed the lead by going on a 16-2 run. Curry put the Warriors ahead 62-59 with a 3-pointer, and his layup off a steal and assist from Andre Iguodala later gave the Warriors a 76-66 lead and himself 32 points after three quarters.
LaMarcus Aldridge entered the game leading the Trail Blazers averaging 24.6 points per game, and he finished with 10 on 2-for-14 shooting while going up against David Lee, Andrew Bogut and substitute Draymond Green.
After Aldridge committed an offensive foul while Bogut defended him, the two were whistled for a double technical foul. Aldridge, in frustration, had tossed the ball at Bogut.
"I just missed shots," Aldridge said, citing his struggles with the Warriors' guards helping on defense.
Lee had 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds while continuing to play through a shoulder sprain, and it was his defense against Aldridge that especially drew praise from Jackson and Curry.
"That's why he is definitely All-Star worthy, going against one of the top power forwards in the league," Curry said. "I think D Lee is right there with him."
Klay Thompson scored 17 points, and Iguodala added 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for his second double-double of the season.
Wesley Matthews led the Trail Blazers with 21 points (5 for 14 from the field) while backcourt mate Damian Lillard, the Oakland native, added 16 (5 for 16).
Curry was 13 for 23 from the field, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. He hit a deep 3-pointer with 3.4 seconds left in the second quarter, giving him a 23-point half on 9-for-12 shooting and sending the Warriors into the locker room trailing 55-54.
Portland scored 33 second-quarter points, but then only managed 33 in the entire second half.
The Warriors led 28-22 after the first quarter, putting together the kind of stingy performance on defense to start the game that had been lost on the team for most of this month.
"What I like is that we paid attention to detail and didn't have any game plan breakdowns," Jackson said. "We battled, we competed, and we made multiple effort plays, and we continued that all night long."
After surrendering 36 first-quarter points in a 121-120 loss to Minnesota, the Warriors held a film session the next day that Thompson had described as a much-needed "grill session."
"Coach told us we were all getting traded if we didn't play good tonight, so our backs were against the wall," Iguodala said jokingly.
"If we execute on that end, the outcome's in our favor."
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