Curry pours in 39 as Warriors trounce Trail Blazers

Mon Apr 4, 2016 12:18am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Golden State Warriors play so well after they lose, it makes one wonder why they don't do it more often.

Actually, that is exactly why they don't lose more often.

The Warriors remained unbeaten in games following defeats Sunday, riding Stephen Curry's game-high 39 points to a 136-111 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Playing for the first time since having their 54-game, home-court winning streak ended by the Boston Celtics on Friday night, the Warriors (69-8) kept their record perfect in games following losses with an eighth straight win.

"It's really a true test of this team's character," Draymond Green said of his team's ability to bounce back from defeat. "We take a loss, kind of get frustrated, mad, and then we'll lock back in, which you have to do now and then."

The Warriors don't just win their games following defeats, they tend to dominate them. Sunday's 25-point triumph increased the average winning margin in the eight victories to 15 points.

No team has ever finished a season without at least one set of consecutive losses.

"We take pride in not having lost two in a row," Curry said. "It hurt to lose last game and see that streak end, so we wanted to come back and take advantage of the opportunity we had tonight."

The win shrunk the Warriors' magic number for clinching the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs to two. They moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the idle San Antonio Spurs (64-12).   Continued...

April 3, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless (4) during the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena.  Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports