Damian Lillard after Blazers' latest win over Warriors: 'We're the real deal'

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Late in the second quarter of Golden State's loss on the road in Portland Friday, a fan sitting near courtside was ejected after exchanging pleasantries with Kevin Durant.

The Blazers kicked off the winning run with a home win over the Dubs last month and enjoyed another success over them at the Moda Center to underline their credentials. They have vaulted to third place in a competitive Western Conference.

The Trail Blazers were swept by the Warriors a year ago and lost 4-1 in the previous campaign, but they now believe they're in a much better position to compete and they want people to stand up and take notice.

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"We're the real deal", Lillard told ESPN in a walk-off interview.

Also a reminder that we'll be recording a live edition of the Rip City Report Tuesday, March 13 at Tough Luck Bar (1771 NE Dekum St.in NE Portland) at 6 p.m. Food and drink specials, an NBA Jam arcade game with all proceeds going to Doernbecher and whatever Blazers swag I can manage to part with.

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The Blazers won, 125-108, despite the Warriors climbing from 15 points down to take a lead in the third quarter. "They did what they always do, but we kept fighting".

After Golden State's Klay Thompson connected on a short jump shot to pull the Warriors within 92-91 early in the 4th quarter, Portland produced a 12-2 scoring run to push their lead to double-digits and the Warriors wouldn't get the deficit below 7 points the rest of the way.

Possibly a bit too high for one Blazers fan.

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