The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Warriors by 32, the worst loss by a defending champion since the Heat lost by 42 points to the Bulls on opening night in the 2006-07 season.
The Warriors' defense, which typically allows teams to score 103 points and shoot 31 percent from 3-point range, allowed 17 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting from long range Friday.
On offense, the Warriors were unusually sloppy. Their 13 turnovers in the third quarter were the most by any team in any quarter since the Pacers had 13 (coincidentally, against the Warriors) in January 2008. Draymond Green finished the game with a career-high nine turnovers.
Lillard's 51 points were the most for the Trail Blazers since Andre Miller scored 52 against the Dallas Mavericks in January 2010. Lillard is the sixth Trail Blazers player to score at least 50 in a game, joining Miller, Brandon Roy, Damon Stoudamire, Clyde Drexler and Geoff Petrie (the only one to do so twice).
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Lillard became the fourth different player in NBA history to have 50 points, five assists and five steals in a game. Rick Barry and Allen Iverson did it twice. Michael Jordan had one such game. Lillard is the only player to do so against a defending champ.
Lillard's two highest-scoring games this season are against the Warriors. He had 40 on Jan. 8. It's only the second time someone scored 50 points against the Warriors in the last six seasons (Kevin Durant scored 54 in 2013-14).
Turn back the clock
The one historical parallel for the Warriors is that their 32-point loss matched the largest margin of defeat for the 1995-96 Bulls team that went 72-10. Those Bulls lost to the Knicks 104-72 on March 10, 1996. Steve Kerr scored 10 points off the bench that day.