|Date of game: 11/2/2014
Recap: Portland vs. Golden State
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Klay Thompson is quickly proving he is worth every penny of his recently signed four-year contract extension.
Thompson's runner in the lane with 8.7 seconds left gave the Golden State Warriors the lead for good in a 95-90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday.
Thompson, who signed a max extension worth a projected $70 million on Friday, scored a career-high 41 points in Saturday's win over the Los Angeles Lakers, then kept the momentum going with his clutch bucket on Sunday, which gave him 29 points.
"Klay was terrific," Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. "He hit the toughest shot of the night."
LaMarcus Aldridge scored the final 10 points for Portland, the last two on a jumper that gave the hosts a 90-88 lead with 2:01 remaining.
Andre Iguodala split a pair of free throws with 26.3 seconds left before the Warriors forced a turnover of Wesley Matthews.
Matthews grabbed the inbounds pass and a pair of Warrior defenders swarmed him. He lost the ball and it rolled out of bounds, with the officials awarding possession to the Blazers. But after a replay review, the call was overturned.
"We anticipated them trapping," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said of the play. "I don't know if they fouled (Matthews) or not."
Coming out of timeout, Thompson ran the baseline, rolled up the block, received a crisp pass from Iguodala and converted the running jumper that essentially won it for the visitors.
Portland then got sloppy and turned it over two more times in the closing seconds and Stephen Curry sealed it at the line with four free throws.
Curry supplied 21 points with six assists for the Warriors, who are 3-0 for the first time since beginning the 1994-95 season with five straight wins.
Leandro Barbosa came off the Golden State bench to score 13 points and Andrew Bogut added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Aldridge scored 26 points with 13 rebounds and Robin Lopez added 12 points and 10 boards for Portland, which dropped its second straight contest.
Damian Lillard managed just 11 points on 4-of-18 shooting in the setback.
"Well it certainly is a disappointing loss," said Stotts. "It was a good basketball game. I was disappointed that we lost the game."
Thompson picked up right where he left off on Saturday by scoring 15 points in the first quarter to help the Warriors to a 30-22 lead after 12 minutes.
Matthews scored nine of his 18 points in the second period to help the Blazers trim the deficit to 51-48 at the break.
Will Barton's high-arching jumper gave Portland its first lead since the opening minute with just over a minute left in the third.
However, Festus Ezeli answered with a jumper and the teams entered the final quarter tied at 68-68.Game Notes
The Warriors finished 26-56 in 1994-95 ... Thompson never scored 29 points in
back-to-back games in his NBA career ... Lillard finished with five assists to
reach 1,000 for his career ... Kerr is the first Warriors head coach to win
the first three games of his NBA head coaching career since Neil Johnston in
1959-60 ... The Blazers outrebounded the Warriors 56-41.