Curry returns, douses Blazers' fire
STEPHEN Curry scored 17 of his 40 points in overtime as the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday at the Moda Centre.
The Warriors now have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-final series.
Curry, coming back after missing the previous four games with a sprained right knee, came off the bench to score 27 of his points in the fourth quarter and extra session. He also had nine rebounds and eight assists.
The Warriors trailed 16-2 before the reigning league MVP came off the bench midway through the first quarter.
Klay Thompson scored 23 points and Draymond Green collected 21 points, nine rebounds, seven blocked shots and five assists for the Warriors.
Damian Lillard scored 36 points and handed out 10 assists, CJ McCollum added 24 points, and Al-Farouq Aminu chipped in with 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who will attempt to extend the series by winning Game 5 later tonight at Oracle Arena.
Over in the Eastern Conference, Dwyane Wade scored 30 points as the Miami Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors 94-87 in overtime on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena to tie their semi-final series.
The Raptors had a chance to win the game in regulation but Cory Joseph missed a 15-foot jumper at the buzzer. In the previous possession, Wade drove to the basket and tied the score with 12.6 seconds left.
Game 5 in the best-of-seven series is later today in Toronto.