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Warriors 113, Trail Blazers 112

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Guard Klay Thompson's 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds was the difference in the Golden State Warriors' wild 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night at the Moda Center.

Guard Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Thompson added 27 for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit to end a two-game losing streak.

Guard Damian Lillard scored 26 points and handed out seven assists, and forward Nicolas Batum collected 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for the Trail Blazers (43-24).

Thompson's 3-point shot gave the Warriors a 113-111 lead. After a timeout, Batum was fouled driving to the basket with 5.8 seconds remaining. He made the first foul shot but missed the second. Batum grabbed the rebound but failed to score on a desperation shot before time expired.

Portland hiked its 11-point halftime lead to 68-50, and despite Curry heating up with 13 points in the third quarter, took an 85-77 edge into the final period.

The Warriors (42-26) cut the margin to 91-89 on a Curry 3-pointer with 8:45 to play, then to 93-92 on a Thompson trey with 7:30 remaining. The Warriors went ahead 97-96 on a free throw by Thompson with 6:22 left.

Another Curry 3-pointer upped Golden State's lead to 100-96 with 4:55 to go, but Batum converted a three-point play to draw Portland to within one with 4:43 remaining. Batum bombed in a 3-pointer to push the Blazers back in front 102-100 with 3:57 to play.

Three foul shots -- one off a technical against Portland guard Mo Williams -- gave Golden State the lead back at 103-102, but Williams answered with a 3-pointer to put the Blazers back in front 105-103. Forward David Lee's layup tied the score at 105, and seconds later, he converted another one at the basket to give the Warriors a 107-105 lead.

Lillard sank a pair at the line with 2:11 left to tie the score at 107. Neither team scored again until Thompson buried a 3-pointer for a 110-107 lead with 53.8 seconds remaining.

Lillard scored on a dunk with 43 seconds left, and after a turnover, he made two free throws to give the Blazers a 111-110 edge with 20.7 ticks left.

Lee scored Golden State's first eight points and had 10 in the first quarter, but Portland used a balanced attack to seize a 24-23 lead as Lillard beat the horn with a 3-pointer.

Golden State led 31-29 before the Blazers, with 3-pointers by Batum and Lillard, went on a 19-4 run to go in front 48-35. Portland settled for a 55-44 advantage at the half.

NOTES: With the win, Golden State trails Portland by just 1 1/2 games for fifth place in the Western Conference. ... Portland F LaMarcus Aldridge sat out his second straight game with a sore back. F Dorell Wright started in his place, as he did in Friday's 111-103 victory at New Orleans. In that game, Pelicans F Anthony Davis scored a career-high 36 points. "Dorell did a good job with Davis, even though he had a career night," Portland coach Terry Stotts said. Wright scored 13 points Sunday. ... Golden State coach Mark Jackson on Portland G Damian Lillard: "He is a big-time player. He has elevated his game with the absence of Aldridge, which is saying a lot, because he already was playing at a high level. He's a spectacular player and he's going to be around for a long time." ... The Trail Blazers and Warriors entered the night ranked Nos. 2-3 in the league in 3-pointers attempted, and they combined to take 58 shots from long range Sunday.
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