Lillard exploded for 44 points (14-25 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 12-12 FT), eight assists, three rebounds and two steals across 40 minutes in Wednesday's 123-117 win over the Warriors. After review the call was confirmed and the Warriors (44-14) couldn't catch up. Portland is in sixth place in the Western Conference, a half-game up on the Nuggets and Pelicans.
However the action was overshadowed by a stormy contest which saw the Pelicans' Rajon Rondo and the Lakers' new signing Isaiah Thomas - former team-mates with the Boston Celtics - ejected after a fracas in the first quarter.
The Warriors continued their very bad habit of digging themselves a huge hole in the first quarter by allowing 40 points to the Blazers in the first period tonight.
The Clippers had Boston on the back foot nearly from the outset, leading by 14 points in the first half before the Celtics hit back to close within four points at 61-57 at halftime. But they were only able to cut the deficit down to five points, 92-87, heading into the fourth quarter. And they looked sluggish most of the way.
And with all that, the Warriors hope the All-Star break will leave them rested and motivated.
With a gunman killing a reported 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. on Wednesday, Kerr expressed outrage over both another mass shooting and the United States' inability to stop them from happening. It doesn't seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools.
"Teams get up to play us". That's demoralizing. But we can do something about it: We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect people's lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they financed their campaign for them.
Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on February 22. But with the loss, the team will not go into the break as the No.1 team in the National Basketball Association.