Warriors dump Blazers for first win at Chase Centre

Eric Paschall of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Chase Centre in San Francisco November 4, 2019. — AFP pic
Eric Paschall of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Chase Centre in San Francisco November 4, 2019. — AFP pic

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 5 — Rookie Eric Paschall scored a season-best 36 points as the Golden State Warriors won for the first time at their new Chase Centre in San Francisco, surprising the Portland Trail Blazers 127-118 last night.

Alec Burks broke a tie with a three-point play with 6:37 remaining, and Paschall extended the lead to eight by hitting his fourth 3-pointer less than 90 seconds later.

The win capped a six-day, four-game homestand on which the Warriors had lost to Phoenix, San Antonio and Charlotte to fall to 0-4 at home.

Portland took just its second loss in five road games.

Neither team led by more than seven points until the final 5:10 of the tightly contested game, a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals, which the Warriors swept in four games.

After Hassan Whiteside drew the Trail Blazers even at 99-all on a tip-in with 7:01 to play, the Warriors took charge down the stretch after Burks’ go-ahead, three-point play.

Ky Bowman dropped in a short hoop, Paschall bombed in his 3-pointer, Marquese Chriss added a layup and Paschall hit two free throws in a 12-point run that created a 111-99 advantage with 4:03 to play.

Portland got as close as 117-111 with 1:05 left after a pair of Mario Hezonja 3-pointers, but Paschall, the NBA’s leading scorer among 2019 second-round picks, combined with Jordan Poole and Damion Lee to make 10 consecutive free throws to kill the threat.

Paschall shot 11-for-19 from the field and connected on all 10 of his foul shots for the injury-depleted Warriors, who suited up just nine guys and saw all nine score at least five points.

The former Villanova star also had a game-high 13 rebounds.

Bowman finished with 19 points, Poole and Lee 16 apiece, Burks 13 and Willie Cauley-Stein 10 in a balanced Golden State attack.

Damian Lillard, an Oakland native playing his first game in San Francisco, paced the Trail Blazers with 39 points, including five 3-pointers.

Whiteside had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, while CJ McCollum and Anfernee Simons added 14 points each and Hezonja had 11.

The Warriors shot 33-for-36 from the foul line while the visitors were 11-for-14 on free throws. — Reuters

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