Curry, Thompson lift Warriors past Blazers

Golden State guard Stephen Curry drives past Blazers guard Damian Lillard in Portland, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Golden State guard Stephen Curry drives past Blazers guard Damian Lillard in Portland, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

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.”

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