OAKLAND — 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 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Warriors 90-74 Thursday night in the preseason finale for both teams.
"There are certain teams with different mentalities and agendas going into the preseason. Some teams, we were there once, it's important to win ball games," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "For some teams it's important to stay healthy. Some teams you just want to establish a rhythm. I think the two latter ones were us. The danger is you can't believe you can turn it on when you want to."
The Warriors will carry that message into the regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.
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.
"That's going to be our Achilles' heel. When we're not making shots, how do we defend? What's our personality going to be?" said new addition Andre Iguodala, who had nine points, four rebounds and two assists.
The Warriors ended the preseason 3-4, including wins against the Lakers in Beijing and Shanghai. Portland won its final five games to finish the preseason 5-2.