Instant Analysis: Trail Blazers start off 2021 on fire against Warriors in blowout win

Jamie Hudson
·3 min read

Trail Blazers start off 2021 on fire against Warriors in blowout win originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

It was a hot shooting night in the Bay for the Trail Blazers.

Extremely hot.

Portland jumped out to a quick lead thanks to its efficient three-point shooting.

The Trail Blazers hit five of their first six three-point attempts to take a 20-7 lead over the Warriors.

And once again it was Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum to the scoring rescue for Portland as they helped the Blazers secure a 123-98 win over the Warriors.

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McCollum finished the first quarter with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field with four three-pointers. Behind McCollum’s efficient shooting, Portland took a 36-21 lead after the first 12 minutes. It was the first time all season that the Blazers took a first quarter lead.

The Warriors made a run of their own in the second quarter to make it a game again.

Portland held a 67-55 lead at the break. Before Friday’s contest, the Blazers hadn’t had a 60-point first half.

It’s fair to say the Blazers bounced back from a poor defensive performance against the Clippers.

Portland held Golden State to 38.5 percent from the field for the game.

FINAL BOX SCORE: Trail Blazers 123, Warriors 98

The Good: 

The Blazers took care of the ball. The Blazers had just four turnovers in the first half.

The Blazers backcourt duo was dynamite.

CJ McCollum--

After hitting two quick three-pointers in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors Friday, McCollum became just the second player in NBA history to reach 25+ threes in the first five games of a season. 

The only other player to reach such a deep feat is Steph Curry.

Heading into Friday’s game, McCollum was averaging 47.8 percent from three through his first four games.

While, Damian Lillard was scoring at will. Midway through the third quarter when he hit a three from the top of the key and reached the 15,000-career point mark.

It was a historic night for Carmelo Anthony as well. 

Melo moved up to 14th on the all-time scoring list past Tim Duncan after notching 18 points on the night.

The Bad: 

Injuries are hitting the second unit hard.

At the break, the Trail Blazers announced that Rodney Hood would not return to the game due to a left quad cramp. Hood played just five minutes in the first half and notched one rebound in his limited minutes.

Plus, Gary Trent Jr. missed his second straight game with a right calf strain. 

The Highlight: The historic moment for Melo happened in the fourth with the Blazers up 27.

The Stat: Portland shot 46.5 percent from three. 

Next up: The Blazers will finish up their four-game road trip in San Francisco on Sunday. Portland and Golden State will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. PST on NBCSNW.