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  • Trail Blazers roll past Warriors to close out preseason

  • OAKLAND, Calif. — The taxing preseason, which included two games in China, is finally over. Whether the Golden State Warriors are ready to live up to lofty expectations remains unclear.
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — The taxing preseason, which included two games in China, is finally over. Whether the Golden State Warriors are ready to live up to lofty expectations remains unclear.
    Damian Lillard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 10 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Warriors 90-74 on Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
    Golden State led by 11 early in the third quarter before the Blazers scored 22 straight points. The Warriors missed 17 shots in a row and were held scoreless for more than 8 minutes during Portland's run.
    Stephen Curry had 17 points and six assists, and Klay Thompson scored 16 points for the Warriors, who blew a double-digit lead for the second straight game. Golden State lost 91-90 at Sacramento on Wednesday night after leading by 17 points in the third quarter.
    The Warriors ended the preseason 3-4. Portland won its final five games to finish the preseason 5-2.
    Warriors coach Mark Jackson never really got the chance to experiment with lineups in the exhibitions like he had hoped because small forward Harrison Barnes missed the last four games with left foot inflammation. His status for the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday is unclear.
    "We are not sure," Jackson said. "We want to make sure that he is healthy and whole. To his credit, he's doing everything that he could possibly do to make sure that he is ready. We want to be smart about this thing, also."
    Harrison Barnes sat out for Golden State with left foot inflamation, as did All-Star power forward David Lee after undergoing dental work on his two front teeth.
    Second-year Blazers coach Terry Stotts mixed up his backcourt rotation throughout but leaned on Lillard when it mattered most.
    The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year and Oakland native started Portland's 22-point run with a 3-pointer. He made another from beyond the arc to put Portland ahead 76-59 early in the fourth.
    Wesley Matthews (irregular heartbeat), C.J. McCollum (fractured left foot) and former California guard Allen Crabbe (stomach flu) all sat out for the Blazers.
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