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  • Curry lifts Warriors past Blazers

  • PORTLAND — 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.
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  • PORTLAND — 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 11/2; 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.
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