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Curry has 47, but Warriors fall 119-117 to Blazers
PORTLAND 119, GOLDEN STATE 117 (OT)

By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge said an overtime
thriller over Golden State was good preparation for the looming
postseason.

"It definitely shows what we're going to see in the playoffs,"
Portland's All-Star forward said, "where every possession counts
and every basket counts."

Aldridge had 26 points, including the go-ahead basket in the
waning moments of overtime, and the Trail Blazers emerged with a
119-117 victory over the Warriors on Sunday night.

The win, which featured 16 lead changes and nine ties, assured
the Blazers of no less than the fifth seed in the playoffs.

It also assured a postseason matchup against Houston, sitting in
fourth in the Western Conference. With a win in one of their two
remaining games, the Rockets can clinch home-court advantage.

Portland's win came despite the best efforts of Golden State's
Stephen Curry, who had a season-high 47 points. It was the third
time this season Curry has eclipsed 40 points, and sixth time in
his career.

The Warriors sit behind Portland in the standings with two games
to go. Golden State will need to win one of its last two games
to clinch the sixth seed.

"This is kind of what you expect from two playoff teams," Curry
said. "From start to finish it definitely had that playoff
feel."

Aldridge's jumper with 39.9 seconds to go gave the Blazers a
118-117 lead. Damian Lillard added a free throw for Portland
before Andre Iguodala missed a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left
and Wesley Matthews grabbed the rebound for the Blazers.

Matthews added 24 points for Portland, which has won four
straight and eight of its past nine games. The Blazers wrap up
the regular season on Wednesday against the Clippers.

Draymond Green hit a 3-pointer for Golden State to tie it late
in the fourth quarter and Matthews missed a corner 3 as time ran
out to send the game into overtime.

Curry's 3 gave Golden State a 111-110 lead in OT. After Matthews
scored on a bank shot and free throw, Klay Thompson's 3 gave the
Warriors back the lead.

Matthews and Thompson exchanged 3s before Aldridge's jumper gave
the Blazers the lead and the Warriors couldn't answer. Thompson
finished with 25 points.

"I told the guys before the game, I thought this would be a
great tuneup for the playoffs," Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.
"This wasn't a playoff game and it wasn't necessarily a playoff
atmosphere, but I felt like both teams really wanted the game
and you were going to see a lot of effort from both teams. It's
heightened in the playoffs, but I felt this was good preparation
for us."

Warriors center Andrew Bogut did not play in overtime and after
the game the team said he was undergoing a rib X-ray. His status
for Monday night's game at home against Minnesota was not
immediately known.

Portland activated backup forward Joel Freeland, who has been
out since Feb. 11 with a sprained MCL in his right knee, but he
did not play. Spanish forward Victor Claver was moved to the
inactive list with Freeland's return.

Iguodala's dunk pulled the Warriors to a 46-44 lead in the first
half before Curry hit a 3-pointer. Lillard fouled Curry from
3-point range at the buzzer and Curry made all three free throws
to put Golden State up 52-44 at the break.

The Warriors ended the half on a 14-2 run. Curry led all players
with 21 points.

Portland rallied early in the final quarter, taking an 87-77
lead on Lillard's 3-pointer. But Curry's 3-pointer and a jumper
pulled the Warriors within 95-93 with 6:01 left. Iguodala's
basket tied it at 95 with 4:54 to go.

The two teams wrestled the rest of regulation. Thompson's long
jumper gave Golden State a 102-101 edge with 41.9 seconds to go
before Aldridge made a pair of free throws.

Curry drove for a layup but missed and Matthews made free throws
to give the Blazers a 105-102 lead, but Green's step-back
3-pointer tied it at 105 with 3.6 seconds left. Matthews' 3
missed as time ran out.

"I think this was a big test," Matthews said. "This is as close
to the playoffs as we've seen."

Notes: Curry extended his NBA-leading streak of 68 straight
games with a 3-pointer. He is now fifth for the longest streak
all time, matching Reggie Miller. ... Green's game-tying 3 at
the end of regulation was his only basket of the game. ... Both
Thompson and David Lee fouled out of the game for the Warriors.

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