Portland Trail Blazers beat Golden State Warriors: Depth, ejections and injury returns

Damian Lillard continued his run of superb play, CJ McCollum had another prolific scoring night and Jusuf Nurkic logged a double-double in limited minutes.

But as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Golden State Warriors Friday night, officially distinguishing themselves as the hottest team in the NBA, it was the supporting cast that kept them red hot.

The Blazers’ bench combined to score 47 points and played exceptional in the fourth quarter as they cruised past the Warriors 125-108 at the Moda Center. It was the latest, and perhaps greatest, example of one of the Blazers’ growing strengths: depth.

“I’ve been saying it,” Lillard said. “Since we’ve been on this run, the difference has been the contributions we’re getting from everybody. Everybody’s coming in and impacting the game.”

Since Pat Connaughton‘s memorable opening night, the Blazers’ bench has proven to be a strength, but it’s been notably strong during a season-best nine-game winning streak that has catapulted them into third place in the Western Conference standings. Between the scoring of Shabazz Napier, the overlooked production of Evan Turner, the emergence of Zach Collins, the quiet contributions of Connaughton and the sheer excellence of Ed Davis, the Blazers’ bench has evolved into a force.

And this was especially true Friday night. Four of the Blazers’ key reserves reached double figures in

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