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Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12) battles Portland Trail Blazers' Thomas Robinson (41) for a rebound in the second quarter of their game at Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Warriors' defense steps up, shuts down Blazers

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Stephen Curry put on another show, but to get the win, the Golden State Warriors' defense had to make an appearance as well.

The Warriors cruised to a 103-88 win against the Portland at Oracle Arena on Sunday, with Curry scoring 38 points and the game being won in the third quarter when the Trail Blazers managed to score only 12 points.

The 12 points matched the fewest the Warriors have allowed an opponent in any quarter this season.

The Warriors, having lost five of seven games entering the contest, were looking to shut down an opponent, and it came against a Portland team in third place in the Western Conference. The Trail Blazers shot 33.7 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers.

With the Trail Blazers struggling in the third quarter, the Warriors grabbed the lead by going on a 16-2 run. Curry put the Warriors ahead 62-59 with a 3-pointer, and a Curry layup off a steal and assist from Andre Iguodala later gave the Warriors a 76-66 lead and Curry 32 points after three quarters.

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge entered the game averaging 24.6 points and finished with 10 on 2-for-14 shooting.

After Aldridge committed an offensive foul while Andrew Bogut defended him, the two were whistled for a double technical foul. Aldridge, in frustration, had tossed the ball at Bogut.

Klay Thompson and David Lee scored 17 points apiece, with Lee grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Iguodala added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews led the Trail Blazers with 21 points while backcourt mate Damian Lillard, the Oakland native, added 16.

Curry was 13-for-23 from the field, adding eight assists and seven rebounds. He hit a deep 3-pointer with 1.1 second left in the second quarter, giving him a 23-point half on 9-for-12 shooting and sending the Warriors into the locker room trailing 55-54.

The Warriors led 28-22 after the first quarter, putting together the kind of stingy performance on defense to start the game that had been lost on the team for most of this month.

After surrendering 36 first-quarter points in a 121-120 loss to Minnesota on Friday, the Warriors held a film session the following day that Thompson had described as a much-needed "grill session."

--Warriors radio play-by-play announcer Tim Roye was under the weather, according to the team, and Pat Olson replaced him on the broadcast.

--Thompson converted a 4-point play in the first quarter after Curry and Iguodala each had an opportunity to do so in the Warriors' loss to Minnesota.

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