Warriors beat Trail Blazers in Game 2 of second round of NBA Playoffs

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Thursday, May 5, 2016
Warriors' Klay Thompson drives to the basket next to Trail Blazers' Ed Davis during Game 2 of the second-round of NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo)
Warriors' Klay Thompson drives to the basket next to Trail Blazers' Ed Davis during Game 2 of the second-round of NBA Playoffs on May 3, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Klay Thompson scored 27 points and gave Golden State its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the Warriors rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Tuesday night for a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

Click here to watch the previously recorded Facebook live video of the Warriors, Trail Blazers Game 2 post-game news conference.

Draymond Green added 17 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots in another win without injured MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Game 3 is Saturday in Portland, and the reigning MVP might be back for that one.

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NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala's two free throws at 7:25 trimmed the Blazers' lead to 91-88 and Thompson's 3 at 6:44 tied it, igniting the sellout crowd inside deafening Oracle Arena as the defending champions erased an early 17-point deficit.

Damian Lillard's 3 to beat the third-quarter buzzer put Portland ahead 87-76 entering the final 12 minutes - Golden State's largest deficit going into the fourth all playoffs.

For most of the night, the energized Blazers did everything the defending champions typically do on their impenetrable home court: making the zippy pass, setting the tone on the defensive end, crashing the boards, answering any threat with a big basket.

Lillard had 25 points and six assists, and CJ McCollum added 22 points as Portland hit 13 3-pointers.

Shaun Livingston scored 14 points for his fifth double-digit performance during these playoffs filling in for Curry. Little-used Festus Ezeli contributed eight points and six rebounds down the stretch.

Thompson, coming off a career playoff-high 37 points in Sunday's 118-106 Game 1 win, shot 7 for 20 with five 3-pointers. Iguodala made all five of his first-half shots for 11 of his 15 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, helping Golden State get back within 59-51 at the break.

Ezeli's alley-oop dunk with 10:11 to play pulled the Warriors within 87-82 and he scored again as Golden State stayed within 91-84. Green stuffed Mason Plumlee in the closing minutes before an emphatic two-handed slam moments later.

The Blazers switched up defenders to swarm Thompson, from Allen Crabbe to Al-Farouq Aminu.

Portland made the extra pass and drove for three first-quarter dunks, all in the final 4:34. The Blazers shot 66.7 percent to take a 34-21 lead - quite the opposite of when they trailed 37-17 after the first period two days earlier in a 118-106 loss.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts called for a better start against the defending champions after falling behind 37-17 after the opening period Game 1, and the Blazers thoroughly dominated the first half.

So out of sync were the Warriors early that at one point Curry could be seen emphatically adding his input in the middle of the coaches' huddle and again to teammates.

Lillard and McCollum, who combined to shoot 13 for 43 in Game 1, went 17 for 39.

The Warriors won their sixth straight at home against Portland, all by double figures for a total margin of victory of 89 points.

Ian Clark gave Golden State a lift late in the first half.

The Blazers came out defending well from the tip unlike Game 1, as the Warriors missed eight of their first 10 shots and Portland took a 17-5 lead midway through the first quarter.

Andrew Bogut's two blocks gave him 65 in the playoffs, most in Warriors franchise postseason history.

Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee with the hopes he can get into scrimmages by later next week, suggesting he could be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinals at Portland.

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