Golden State Warriors curry Portland Trail Blazers in barn burner, 137-122

Seth Curry

Add to this the 5 rebounds and 4 assists, plus the fact that he was plus 20 over 36 minutes, and there really is no question that the man was firing on all cylinders. From the opening whistle, Curry was on fire, scoring 21 points to take a 31-point cushion in the first quarter and a 66-54 Warriors lead into halftime.

The Clippers turned the ball over 11 times from the point that they led by 22, and their offense became stagnant.

"He just said he's feeling good", Tyronn Lue said of Leonard. It marked the fourth straight win by the Clippers over their divisional rivals, prompting, not surprisingly, bookies to roll with the Clippers in favor for the second of the two-game set on Friday's National Basketball Association betting card.

The Clippers failed to cover a -3.5 point spread last night against the Spurs and is 5-3 ATS overall and 3-1 ATS as the away team this season.

Golden State may need to find more assistance for Curry, though. Marquesse Chriss: Chriss will not be able to participate in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers Klay Thompson: The Splash brother will not play in the game against the Clippers and will not return any time soon. He will need to bring that PPG range close to 20 for Warriors to succeed more.

But the Clippers surrendered a 3-1 lead to lose their Western Conference semifinal series to the Denver Nuggets last season and it has been a mixed bag thus far. But, unlike the last time, where they played both games at home, the Clippers have to head up to the Bay Area after falling to the San Antonio Spurs 116-113 last night at the Staples Center.

George missed that game due to ankle soreness, with Leonard putting up 30 points and 10 assists in the losing effort.

"I mean, I think I'll be playing, pretty much", Leonard said when asked about playing in back-to-backs after the win over the Warriors. He hit 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists in the game against the Kings, which helped his team, manage a win.

A slow start of 3-3, which saw them lose their first two games in blowout fashion, has not quelled many of those initial thoughts.

The Clippers' Paul George, who scored a team-best 25 points, attempts a three-point shot over the Warriors' Kelly Oubre Jr.

Trailing 85-63 with 3:15 left in the third quarter, this one looked all but over for the Warriors. "He told me it's not serious", Kerr said on Wednesday.

The most recent of those matchups was way back on March 10, though - a game in which Leonard put up 23 points in a 131-107 rout of the Warriors.

Two of the four best teams now in the West are clashing tonight, when the Golden State Warriors (4-3), are hosting the Los Angeles Clippers (5-3).

Without a doubt, Curry's dominant display reminds us that he is still a force to be reckoned with and capable of lifting his team make a run for the play-offs.

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