Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 3rd
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Warriors75
Game 2: Saturday, January 1st
Warriors88Final
Trail Blazers97
Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th
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Trail Blazers102
Game 4: Friday, April 15th
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Warriors108

Warriors 88

(11-19, 3-11 away)

Trail Blazers 97

(14-14, 8-5 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, January 1, 2005

    Moda Center, Portland, OR

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 31 17 23 1788
    POR 18 23 24 3297

    Top Performers

    GS: T. Murphy 19 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Blk

    Por: S. Abdur-Rahim 26 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Abdur-Rahim's 26 points pace Portland win

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Rookie Sebastian Telfair is helping the Portland Trail Blazers now, while giving them some hope for the future.

    Telfair wasn't the high scorer on Saturday night, but he had a season-best 14 points in 24 minutes and made a big impact in the Trail Blazers' 97-88 come-from-behind victory over Golden State that snapped the Warriors' four-game winning streak.

    "Sebastian was terrific. He can see the floor as well as anyone," Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Not many guys can get to the basket like that. He can play well beyond his years."

    Telfair was the team's first pick, 13th overall, in this year's draft out of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    "Coming off the bench, being a young guy -- I just want to bring a spark and some energy," he said.

    Both teams were beset by key injuries. Golden State guard Jason Richardson, Portland forward Zach Randolph and center Theo Ratliff all sat out.

    The Warriors built a 14-point lead in the second half, but Damon Stoudamire capped the Portland comeback with two consecutive 3-pointers to tie it at 71. The Blazers got another 3 from Stoudamire to tie it again, then went ahead 78-76 on Telfair's layup.

    The Blazers extended the lead to 84-80, but missed five straight free throws that could have given them a more comfortable margin. Darius Miles finally put the game away with a block and a dunk with 1:47 to go that made it 87-80.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim led the Blazers with 26 points and nine rebounds. Stoudamire finished with 19 points.

    But it was Telfair that made an impression -- even on the Warriors.

    "He's quick. He changes tempo," Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy said. "I didn't think we did a very good job on him. Obviously if you know he's going to try to go to the basket every time, you've got to figure out a way to stop that."

    The Blazers lost their previous two games, including a 114-80 rout by San Antonio on Thursday. It was Portland's most lopsided loss of the season.

    Troy Murphy led the Warriors with 19 points and 17 rebounds.

    The absence of Randolph and Ratliff hampered the Blazers at times.

    Randolph, averaging 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, was out with right knee tendinitis. Ratliff left the game against the Spurs in the first quarter after aggravating bursitis in his left shoulder. He was averaging a team-best 2.52 blocks per game.

    For the Warriors, Richardson sprained his left ankle during practice on Friday and is day-to-day. X-rays of his ankle were negative.

    Richardson was averaging a career-best 20.8 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. He had a season-high 35 points in Golden State's 111-105 victory over Toronto.

    Eduardo Najera suited up for the Warriors but didn't play because of a knee injury.

    The Warriors got some help in their backcourt with the return of Speedy Claxton, who missed Wednesday's game against Toronto because of a strained left hamstring.

    The Blazers fell behind by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, when Murphy's 3-pointer made it 31-18.

    But Portland narrowed it to 39-33 when Miles dunked a well-executed pass from Telfair.

    The Warriors wouldn't let the Blazers come any closer than four points and led 48-41 at the half. Murphy already had 12 points and 10 rebounds at the break.

    Clifford Robinson put the Warriors up 65-51 with a 3-pointer midway through the third quarter.

    But Portland again chipped away, moving within 71-68 on the first of Stoudamire's consecutive 3-pointers.

    Game notes


    Adonal Foyle and Murphy missed Golden State's practice on Friday because of the flu, but played against the Blazers. ... The Trail Blazers joined with Mercy Corps to raise money to aid the victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. The team said it will match donations of up to $25,000 from fans attending Saturday's game and Friday night's home game against Miami. ... Golden State's Calbert Cheaney left the floor in the fourth quarter with what appeared to be an injury to his upper chest. He couldn't catch his breath at the time, but felt better after the game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    POR
    Points 88 97
    FGM-FGA 34-93 (.366) 34-76 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 7-25 (.280) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 13-23 (.565) 25-39 (.641)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-48 10-52
    Assists 25 24
    Turnovers 10 12
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 8 9
    Fast Break Points 10 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 23 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 14 11

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Portland
    Troy Murphy Murphy
    Points: 19
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 26
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1