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.
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
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
"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
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
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.
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.