Monday, March 17
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
Thompson finished with 27 points and David Lee added 16 for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter. Golden State snapped a two-game skid and pulled 1½ games behind the Blazers for the Western Conference's No. 5 playoff spot.
Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Blazers, playing without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, lost for the fifth time in six games.
Batum had a chance to tie the score with 5.8 seconds remaining, but missed the second of two free throws. The Blazers failed to get a shot off after gathering the rebound.
Thompson, who returned to Golden State's starting lineup after a one-game absence to attend his grandfather's funeral in the Bahamas, scored 23 of his 27 points in the second half.
Portland led 20-14 in the first quarter but needed Lillard's jumper from just inside the top of the arc to close out the period with a 24-23 edge.
Trailing by two, the Trail Blazers used a 22-8 run that started with Wesley Matthews knocking down a transition jumper from the top of the key and ended with Nicholas Batum's 3-pointer to take a 51-39 lead with 1:30 to play in the first half.
Batum had 11 points during the run, connecting three times from long range and scoring another basket on a lay-in off a Golden State turnover.
Curry, the league leader in 3s, missed his first three attempts before hitting his final attempt of the first half to pull the Warrirors to 55-44 at the break.
Portland extended the lead to 18 points twice in the third quarter, the second time at 72-54 on Lillard's fadeaway jumper with 7:20 remaining.
Golden State pulled to 85-77 going into the fourth quarter and took the lead with 6:01 to play after Thompson blocked Lillard's shot at one end of the court and got fouled on a drive to the basket at the other end while Portland coach Terry Stotts was also assessed a technical foul. Curry made the technical free throw and then Thompson made 1 of 2 foul shots to put the Warriors in front 97-96 — their first lead since 31-29.
From there, the lead changed four times and there were two ties before Thompson's 3 from in front of the Portland bench put the Warriors in front, 110-107, with 53.8 seconds left.
After a dunk by Lillard pulled Portland to 110-109, Curry turned the ball over. Lillard was then fouled driving to the basket and made both free throws to make it 111-110 with 20.7 seconds remaining.
NOTES: Warriors coach Mark Jackson said before the game that the Blazers are a different team without Aldridge, who was averaging team highs of 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds when was injured in the third quarter of Wednesday's 103-90 loss at San Antonio. "Obviously, missing Aldridge, they're missing his scoring ability, his ability to pick and pop, and his ability to rebound," Jackson said. ... The Blazers came in second in league scoring at 107.3 points a game and had scored 90 or more points in 20 consecutive games. The last time Portland was held to fewer than 90 points was in a 98-81 loss at home to Memphis. ... Jackson lobbied for eighth-year center Andrew Bogut as a candidate for the NBA's all-defensive team. "He's the anchor to our defense," Jackson said. "He's a guy who changes, alters, blocks a lot of shots at the rim, protects the paint, and rebounds the basketball. He's been very, very valuable to what we've been able to do this year and deserves a lot of credit."