NBA: Warriors put Blazers on brink

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Apr 23 2017 05:45 PM

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after the Warriors score on the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center. Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

LOS ANGELES -- Stephen Curry scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors stormed back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 119-113.

Klay Thompson tallied 24 points on Saturday for the Warriors, who seized a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round Western Conference playoff series.

CJ McCollum scored 32 points and Damian Lillard added 31 for the Blazers, who will try to stay alive with a win in Game 4 on Monday. 

"They had a lot of adrenaline but we were able to withstand their runs and get back in the game," said Curry. "I love these kind of moments. I have confidence in myself to make those shots."

Elsewhere Saturday, Marc Gasol lifted Memphis to a 110-108 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs with a clutch jump shot at the buzzer that allowed the Grizzlies to level their playoff series at 2-2.

Golden State was without forward Kevin Durant (calf injury), guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and forward Matt Barnes (ankle).

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also did not attend the game because of illness. His was replaced by assistant coach Mike Brown.

After the final buzzer, Curry collected the game ball and said he planned to deliver it to Kerr.

"Our coach is going through a lot right now," Curry said. "He told us to go out and 'win one for the Gipper.'"

Lillard scored 22 points and McCollum 17 as the Blazers went into halftime leading 67-54.

Curry and Thompson were a combined eight for 25 from the field at halftime.

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