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Warriors rally from 15 down at halftime, hold off Blazers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4 1/2 minutes to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk.

''Our experience really paid off for us tonight having a bunch of guys who just won't quit,'' said Draymond Green, who was right smack in the middle of it all.

Stephen Curry scored 37 points, and the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win Thursday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr insisted his team stole this game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst.

Counterpart Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers considered it a ''lost opportunity'' on the road.

CJ McCollum missed a driving jumper with 32 seconds left and Green scored on the other end for the Warriors, giving Portland one final chance with 12.3 seconds to go. Andre Iguodala then blocked a 3-point attempt by Damian Lillard on the left wing.

''They stole it, but they earned it down the stretch,'' McCollum said.

Seth Curry, Steph's little brother, scored 16 points and put Portland ahead on a 3-pointer with 1:03 left before Kevon Looney's dunk on the other end put Golden State back on top at 112-111. Seth tried to ''distract'' his brother at the free throw line late, or so the story went from Steph, who called Seth a ''pest'' on defense.

''This was like the coolest experience I think I've ever had playing against him. You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight,'' Stephen Curry said. ''For my parents, I know we've talked about it the whole series, these last two games it's probably nerve-wracking as heck for them. It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won.''

Stephen Curry shot 11 for 22 and made all 11 of his free throws - three with 2:01 left - to post his third straight 30-point performance while Splash Brother Klay Thompson needed a half to heat up, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the Warriors' 39-point third period. It was reminiscent of those old third-quarter runs that have defined this group.

McCollum scored 22 points for Portland and Lillard overcame a slow start to add 23 points and 10 assists as the Blazers looked far more in sync than in a 116-94 defeat two days earlier.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Saturday night at Portland.

''We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight. We've got to take that into Game 3,'' Stotts said. ''It is a lost opportunity, no question. We had a chance to get one here on the road.''

Green made a pretty bounce pass through the paint to a cutting Iguodala for a dunk with 3:06 left to make it 108-105, then Green assisted on a layup by Looney the next possession.

''Draymond's been special all playoffs,'' Thompson said. ''... When he goes, we go. He was tremendous tonight.''

Green had 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocked shots playing with foul trouble. His seven straight playoff games with at least 10 rebounds are a career high.

''We've been here before,'' Green said. ''When you're on a run like we're currently in, you've seen everything. Down eight points with what, four minutes to go, or whatever it was, just got to keep going, because we know we can erase eight points.''

The Warriors missed Kevin Durant for a third straight game because of a strained right calf and he isn't likely to return at all this round.

Curry scored Golden State's first eight points of the third to get his team back within 69-58 then Thompson hit two straight 3s.

The Blazers had built a 65-50 halftime lead, capitalizing on 10 Warriors turnovers for 18 points.

Then two of the top backcourts in the Western Conference went at it in an entertaining final two quarters. The game was tied at 89 to start the fourth.

The Warriors already got past James Harden and Chris Paul in the last round - now it's McCollum and Lillard standing in the way of a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals.

Portland showed it made adjustments from Game 1 and brought it on both ends from the opening tip after the Blazers had regularly left Curry wide open on the perimeter off the pick-and-roll and he scored 36 points while matching his postseason high with nine 3-pointers.

''We've got to bring that same energy at home,'' McCollum said, ''understand that this is the first time in 19 years we've been in the conference final.''

LILLARD AT HOME

Lillard isn't ready to ponder this might have been his final game at Oracle Arena, just a short walk from where he grew up in Oakland. The Warriors are moving to new Chase Center in San Francisco next season.

The Blazers want to return to the Bay Area for a Game 5 next week.

''I doubt this will be the last time. We plan on being back here,'' Lillard said.

DURANT UPDATE

Durant will miss at least Games 3 and 4, scheduled to be re-examined by doctors in another week. That means he wouldn't be expected to return until the NBA Finals if Golden State advances.

Durant was re-evaluated Thursday and is not yet ready for on-court work - a necessary step before the two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP can return to game action.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Seth Curry stole the ball from big brother Steph in the second quarter. They are the first brothers to ever face each other in a conference final. ... The Blazers are 1-10 all-time against Golden State in the playoffs.

Warriors: The Warriors are 31-4 in the postseason when Curry scores 30 or more points. ... Golden State shot 3 of 13 from deep in the first half and 9 for 29 overall on 3s. ... The Warriors are 15-4 in Game 2 of postseason series dating to the 2015 title run.

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Key Players
D. Lillard
0 PG
S. Curry
30 PG
36.3 Min. Per Game 36.3
25.2 Pts. Per Game 25.2
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
5.7 Reb. Per Game 5.7
42.4 Field Goal % 45.6
42.6 Three Point % 44.3
83.7 Free Throw % 95.1
  Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala 0:10
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Andre Iguodala 0:10
  Personal foul on Klay Thompson 0:10
+ 2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Stephen Curry 0:12
  Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson 0:28
  CJ McCollum missed floating jump shot 0:32
+ 2 Kevon Looney made alley-oop shot, assist by Draymond Green 0:52
+ 3 Seth Curry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by CJ McCollum 1:03
  Damian Lillard missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:06
  Defensive rebound by Evan Turner 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Stephen Curry 1:43
Team Stats
Points 111 114
Field Goals 38-86 (44.2%) 42-82 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 18-39 (46.2%) 9-29 (31.0%)
Free Throws 17-18 (94.4%) 21-27 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 39 56
Offensive 10 12
Defensive 27 38
Team 2 6
Assists 23 30
Steals 8 4
Blocks 1 9
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 22 21
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB, 10 AST
37 PTS, 8 REB, 8 AST
1234T
away team logo 3 Trail Blazers 0-2 31342422111
home team logo 1 Warriors 2-0 29213925114
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 0-2 109.2 PPG 45.7 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Warriors 2-0 117.1 PPG 43.7 RPG 28.4 APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 26.8 PPG 4.8 RPG 6.3 APG 41.5 FG%
S. Curry PG 26.7 PPG 5.9 RPG 5.3 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 23 PTS 5 REB 10 AST
S. Curry PG 37 PTS 8 REB 8 AST
44.2 FG% 51.2
46.2 3PT FG% 31.0
94.4 FT% 77.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 23 5 10 6/16 5/12 6/7 1 42 1 0 2 1 4 -7 47
C. McCollum 22 3 5 9/23 3/7 1/1 2 38 1 0 4 2 1 -9 32
M. Harkless 12 4 2 4/7 2/2 2/2 3 22 1 0 0 2 2 -8 21
A. Aminu 9 6 1 3/8 1/3 2/2 2 19 0 0 1 1 5 -2 16
E. Kanter 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 1 2 1 4 +4 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
D. Lillard 23 5 10 6/16 5/12 6/7 1 42 1 0 2 1 4 -7 47
C. McCollum 22 3 5 9/23 3/7 1/1 2 38 1 0 4 2 1 -9 32
M. Harkless 12 4 2 4/7 2/2 2/2 3 22 1 0 0 2 2 -8 21
A. Aminu 9 6 1 3/8 1/3 2/2 2 19 0 0 1 1 5 -2 16
E. Kanter 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 2 19 1 1 2 1 4 +4 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 16 1 2 5/9 4/7 2/2 3 29 4 0 1 0 1 +13 24
R. Hood 12 2 1 4/8 2/5 2/2 0 21 0 0 0 1 1 0 16
M. Leonard 7 6 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 2 16 0 0 1 1 5 -6 16
E. Turner 6 5 0 2/5 0/0 2/2 2 22 0 0 0 1 4 0 11
Z. Collins 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 5 8 0 0 2 0 0 0 -2
J. Layman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Nurkic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Labissiere - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Trent Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Simons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 111 37 23 38/86 18/39 17/18 22 236 8 1 13 10 27 -15 190
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 37 8 8 11/22 4/14 11/11 2 38 0 0 6 0 8 +10 55
K. Thompson 24 3 2 8/22 4/8 4/4 3 41 0 0 2 1 2 +2 29
D. Green 16 10 7 8/12 0/1 0/3 5 33 0 5 5 0 10 +7 40
A. Iguodala 4 5 4 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 30 1 1 1 2 3 +5 18
A. Bogut 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 -1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Curry 37 8 8 11/22 4/14 11/11 2 38 0 0 6 0 8 +10 55
K. Thompson 24 3 2 8/22 4/8 4/4 3 41 0 0 2 1 2 +2 29
D. Green 16 10 7 8/12 0/1 0/3 5 33 0 5 5 0 10 +7 40
A. Iguodala 4 5 4 2/6 0/3 0/0 1 30 1 1 1 2 3 +5 18
A. Bogut 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 -1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Looney 14 7 2 6/6 0/0 2/3 3 29 1 1 0 3 4 +8 27
J. Bell 11 3 1 4/7 0/0 3/4 2 13 2 1 2 2 1 -6 17
A. McKinnie 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 3 8 0 0 0 0 0 +3 3
S. Livingston 3 3 3 1/1 0/0 1/2 0 15 0 0 0 1 2 -4 12
Q. Cook 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 2 -7 4
J. Jerebko 0 7 2 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 14 0 1 0 3 4 -2 12
D. Jones 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
K. Durant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cousins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Derrickson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 114 50 30 42/82 9/29 21/27 21 234 4 9 16 12 38 +15 221