The Golden State Warriors had fought back to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 114-111 and take a 2-0 lead in their NBA Western Conference finals series at the Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry scored 37 points as the Warriors struggle to earn an incredible comeback a 108-100 deficit with just over four minutes remaining at the Oracle Arena.
Curry who scored 36 points in the first game and continues to impress in Kevin Durant’s absence and game three of the seven-match series takes place in Portland on Sunday.
After looking to overturn their first game defeat, the Blazers took a 17-point lead early in the second quarter.
The Warriors scored 39 points in the third quarter to haul themselves back into the contest – but Portland, led by Damian Lillard, refused to roll over and a Meyers Leonard three-pointer put the visitors eight points clear late in the fourth.
However, Kevon Looney’s alley-oop dunk shot put the Warriors back in front at 112-111 with 52 seconds remaining – and a Draymond Green lay-up with 12 seconds left effectively sealed the win.
“We knew they were going to come out swinging,” said Curry. “They gave us a great punishing.
“That third quarter was unbelievable and it was a true testament of everyone on the team.”
But Curry then seized control and his three nerveless free throws edged Golden State intto a two-point lead, before shooting three-pointer in front of younger brother and Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth in Style to make it 111-110 for the visitors.
By Olukayode Oniwinde