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Warriors rally to take 2-0 lead

COMEBACK KINGS:Golden State’s Stephen Curry shot 11 of 22 and made all 11 of his free throws to post his third consecutive 30-point performance in the playoffs

AP, OAKLAND, California

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors dunks against the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of their Western Conference final series in Oakland, California, on Thursday.

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These Golden State Warriors have long been able to score in fabulous, jaw-dropping flurries. Down by eight to the Portland Trail Blazers at home with 4 minutes, 30 seconds to go, they needed every last burst, perfect pass, driving layup and dunk.

“Our experience really paid off for us tonight having a bunch of guys who just won’t quit,” said Draymond Green, who was right smack in the middle of it all.

Stephen Curry on Thursday scored 37 points as the Warriors rallied from a 15-point halftime deficit before holding off Portland on the final possession for a 114-111 win and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final series.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said that his team stole the game with a sensational final few minutes and another, familiar third-quarter outburst.

Counterpart Terry Stotts of the Trail Blazers considered it a “lost opportunity” on the road.

C.J. McCollum missed a driving jumper with 32 seconds left and Green scored at the other end for the Warriors, giving Portland one final chance with 12.3 seconds to go. Andre Iguodala then blocked a three-point attempt by Damian Lillard on the left wing.

“They stole it, but they earned it down the stretch,” McCollum said.

Seth Curry, Stephen Curry’s little brother, scored 16 points and put Portland ahead on a three-pointer with 1:03 left before Kevon Looney’s dunk at the other end put Golden State back on top at 112-111.

Seth Curry tried to “distract” his brother at the free-throw line late, or so the story went from Stephen Curry, who called Seth Curry a “pest” on defense.

“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him. You talk about the stage, he was amazing tonight,” Stephen Curry said. “For my parents, I know we’ve talked about it the whole series, these last two games it’s probably nerve-wracking as heck for them. It worked out perfectly tonight. He played well and we won.”

Stephen Curry shot 11 of 22 and made all 11 of his free throws — three with 2:01 left — to post his third straight 30-point performance, while Splash Brother Klay Thompson needed a half to heat up, scoring 13 of his 24 points in the Warriors’ 39-point third period.

It was reminiscent of those old third-quarter runs that have defined this group.

McCollum scored 22 points for Portland, while Lillard overcame a slow start to add 23 points and 10 assists as the Blazers looked far more in sync than in a 116-94 defeat two days earlier.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is in Portland, Oregon, today.

“We did play a much better game at both ends of the floor tonight. We’ve got to take that into Game 3,” Stotts said. “It is a lost opportunity, no question. We had a chance to get one here on the road.”

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