Crawford's 34 leads Blazers past Warriors

Crawford's 34 leads Blazers past Warriors
April 12, 2012, 5:01 am
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Blazers 118, Warriors 110Player of the game: Blazers shooting guard Jamal Crawford had a season-high 34 points to lead Portland to the victory. Crawford finished the game 10-for-18 from the floor and 13-for-13 from the foul line.
We made a lot of mistakes all night long, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. It cannot be accepted, cannot be tolerated. Im disappointed with what happened tonight.Key stretch: Wes Matthews hit two jumpers the second one a 3-pointer in the last 45 seconds to help the Blazers hold off Golden State. The Warriors rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and had a 96-95 lead with six minutes remaining.
Tough start to third: The Blazers scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take control of the game until midway through the fourth period. Portland led 62-55 at halftime, but Raymond Felton opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and added a jumper and then Wes Matthews made two foul shots to put the Blazers up 14.Weve been defending all year long, Jackson said. The last two games we havent been ourselves. Well be better. Were going to close this thing out the right way.Crawford warm: Blazers shooting guard Jamal Crawford got off to a big-time start, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and having 17 points just three minutes into the second quarter.Crawford, a one-time Warrior, has scored 50 or more points in a game in his career three times with three different teams: Golden State, New York and Chicago.Crawford had 21 at halftime on 7-of-11 shooting.Improvement in first: Well, it wasnt the best first quarter of the year for the Warriors, but it was a heck of a lot better than their first quarter on Monday against Denver. The Warriors were down just 30-25 after 12 minutes against Portland.In the Warriors 123-84 loss at Denver on Monday, the Warriors got down 30-7 early and wound up down 37-13 after one period.The Warriors trailed by 41 points against Denver, their largest deficit of the season.Officially eliminated: With the loss, the Warriors (22-35) were officially eliminated from the playoff race.