National Basketball Association
Preview
Portland at Golden State
When: 10:00 PM ET, Friday, November 26, 2021
Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, California

Two teams that have been unbeatable of late at home duel on the Golden State Warriors' home floor when the Western Conference front-runners host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night in San Francisco.

The Warriors will put a nine-game home winning streak on the line when they complete a three-game homestand that began with wins over the Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers.

They had to rally from 19 points down in the second quarter to dispense of the short-handed and road-weary 76ers on Wednesday, and they did so by scoring 62 of the game's final 95 points.

The resulting 116-96 win not only was Golden State's ninth straight at home by at least 10 points, but it was the first time they'd been down at least 19 and won by at least 20 in the same game since November of 2017 at San Antonio.

The win came one day after Klay Thompson participated in five-on-five drills at Warriors practice for the first time since suffering a ruptured Achilles injury last November.

With the pending return of Thompson and James Wiseman (torn meniscus), Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted he's still very much in a one-game-at-a-time mode with his streaking club.

"I'm not doing it. Just being honest," Kerr said if he's been scripting a plan for the new look. "There's also no point because it's like when you watch a game and they go, ‘If the playoffs started today, here would be the matchups.' That's great, but the playoffs don't start today. So same concept. Neither one of them is coming back this week or next week, so I'm not going to waste too much energy on it."

While -- and even before -- the Warriors have been winning nine straight at home, the Trail Blazers have been putting together a similar run on their home court. They've won all nine of their games in Portland since a 124-121 loss to Sacramento on Opening Night.

The problem is: They've been nearly identically unsuccessful on the road, losing eight of nine, including their last two.

Their only road win so far has come at Houston.

The Trail Blazers began a three-game trip with a 125-121 loss at Sacramento on Wednesday. On the eve of another San Francisco Bay Area homecoming, Damian Lillard warmed up with a 32-point, 10-assist double-double.

The former Oakland prep standout noted afterward the game wasn't lost at the offensive end.

"Defensively, when it came down to it, we weren't able to get the stops that we needed," he observed. "But the effort was there. We had some breakdowns. Made some mistakes."

Lillard has had his ups-and-downs on his old stomping grounds.

He had six 3-pointers and 34 points in a 123-98 win at Golden State on New Year's Day last January. But that was just his third win in 21 returns to Oakland/San Francisco, including an 0-7 run in playoff games.

Lillard and rival Stephen Curry have gone head-to-head 33 times in their career, with the Warriors prevailing in 15 of 23 regular-season duels and all 10 of their postseason clashes.

Curry countered with 26 points in the Jan. 1 loss last season, but he rebounded with 62 in a rematch in San Francisco two nights later, a game Golden State won 137-122.

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Portland 10-9 L1 9-1 1-8 0-0 10-9 1-1 6-6
Golden State 16-2 W5 10-1 6-1 3-0 13-2 3-0 8-1
Last Meeting
Portland Golden State
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/3/21 GS 106 POR 108 108 47 41.9 106 54 42.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland C. Anthony 22 61.5 4
Golden State S. Curry 35 46.4 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland E. Kanter 14 5 9
Golden State D. Green 9 3 6
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 6
Golden State D. Green 12
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Portland C. McCollum 439 43.0 26
Golden State S. Curry 577 46.7 90
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Portland J. Nurkic 255 56 199
Golden State D. Green 153 24 129
Assists Player  
Portland D. Lillard 149
Golden State D. Green 144
Quickchart Matchup
Portland Portland Off vs  Golden State Golden State Defense
Portland Off vs Golden State - Points For 110.9 Points For
Portland Off vs Golden State - Points Against 100.8 Points Against
Portland - FG% 46.2 FG%
Golden State - FG% 42.0 FG%
Portland - Reb 45.5 Reb
Golden State - Reb 42.1 Reb
Golden State Golden State Off vs  Portland Portland Defense
Golden State Off vs Portland - Points For 114.3 Points For
Golden State Off vs Portland - Points Against 109.6 Points Against
Golden State - FG% 47.7 FG%
Portland - FG% 47.1 FG%
Golden State - Reb 47.2 Reb
Portland - Reb 42.3 Reb