LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and three steals and Wesley Matthews had 24 points to lift the Blazers to a thrilling 119-117 overtime victory over the Warriors. Aldridge sank a 20-foot jumper with 39.9 seconds to give Portland the lead for good. Matthews made a 3-pointer and converted a 3-point play in the extra period.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with a season-high 47 points. Fellow “Splash Brother” Klay Thompson had 25 points, all came after halftime. Andre Iguodala added 15 points, but missed a last-second 3-pointer that sealed the Warriors’ fate.
"He's (Curry) a superstar basketball player and he's first team all NBA,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “I don't know who's voting, but the year that the guy has had, he has been absolutely amazing.”
With the victory, Portland (53-28) climbed to within a half-game of the idle Houston Rockets for fourth place in the West. Golden State (49-31) can finish no higher than sixth. The Warriors lead Dallas (49-32) by a half-game.
It was a seesaw battle all night long. As soon as one team gained some separation, the other team came right back. Golden State jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter. Portland stormed back to take a 34-25 lead midway through the second quarter. The Warriors responded with a 27-10 run to take an eight-point lead at halftime.
Curry led all scorers with 21 points in the first half. Aldridge had 11 points and Robin Lopez added 10 for Portland. Thompson played just eight minutes due to foul trouble and was scoreless. The Warriors shot 45.5 percent. The Blazers shot 44.7 percent.
Portland used a 17-4 run late in the third quarter to turn an eight-point deficit into a five-point lead. Matthews and Mo Williams combined for 14 points to lead the turnaround. The Blazers led by one after three quarters.
Portland extended the lead to 11 with just over eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Warriors would go on a 16-5 run to tie the game at 95 with 4:29 left. Curry led the charge with 11 points, including a trio of 3-pointers. Thompson added a 3 of his own and Iguodala tied it with a reverse dunk.
After the Blazers went back up by four, Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Curry had a layup to give the Warriors a 100-99 lead with 1:45 left. Matthews hit two free throws to put Portland up by one. Thompson responded with a jumper from just inside the arc. Aldridge missed a hook shot, but got his own rebound and was fouled by Andrew Bogut with 24.7 seconds left.
Bogut injured his ribs on the play. The injury was significant because Portland got nothing inside when Bogut was patrolling the paint. Although Bogut played the last 3.6 seconds of regulation, he did not return for overtime. Bogut was +24 at the time of the injury.
Aldridge made the free throws and the Blazers had a one-point lead. Curry missed on the other end. Matthews was fouled and hit two free throws to give Portland a 105-102 lead with 12.5 seconds left.
Up by three, the Blazers did not use the foul they had to give. Draymond Green, who had not score, made them pay by nailing a long 3 from the left wing with 3.6 seconds left. Portland had a last opportunity but Matthews missed a 3 from the corner at the buzzer.
Curry and Thompson combined for 25 points in the fourth quarter. Curry scored 17 points on 7 of 12 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line. Thompson scored eight points on 3 of 3 shooting.
There would be six more lead changes in overtime, with the last occurring on Aldridge’s long jumper in the final minute. Curry missed a jumper on the other end and Damian Lillard was fouled by Thompson. Thompson fouled out on the play, although replays showed there was no contact. Thompson was key with nine points in overtime.
Lillard made one of two free throws. Down by two with nine seconds left, the Warriors went for the win. Curry found Iguodala open on the right wing, but Iguodala’s 3 was long and the Blazers escaped with the hard-earned win.
"I turned the corner and tried to make a read and was going pretty fast downhill and it looked like more than one defender was closing in,” said Curry. “I turned around and he was wide open. So it was a shot we like and he's made before. It just didn't go in tonight, so no regrets on that."
“I was making sure I got some lift on it and followed through,” said Iguodala. “Did everything. Little long, on line. It felt good, just didn’t go in.”
“Unselfish play,” said Jackson. “Great look. Anybody that don’t want to live with it, go back to Atlanta or the big shots he’s made for us. The ball was in Steph's hands, he made the right play and we got a great look.”
The Warriors lost despite shooting 48.4 percent on the road. The “Splash Brothers” were sensational in the loss. Curry was 16 of 29 from the field and 7 of 14 from beyond the arc. Thompson was 9 of 17 and 6 of 10 from downtown.
“Really proud of our guys,” said Jackson. “They really battled. They competed. It seemed like the game was out of our hands. We got back into the game. Just a tremendous effort from top to bottom. Disappointing loss, obviously, but there were a lot of bright spots tonight."
The Blazers shot 50 percent from the field and shot 41.7 from the 3-point line. Williams came off the bench and scored 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Aldridge was 11 of 23. Nicolas Batum had 18 points on 7 of 9 shooting and 12 rebounds. Oakland native Lillard scored 13 points on 3 of 13 shooting.
The Warriors can clinch the sixth seed and a date with the Clippers with a win over Minnesota on Monday or Denver on Wednesday. The Rockets clinch the fourth seed and home-court advantage over Portland with a win over San Antonio on Monday or New Orleans on Wednesday. The Blazers have one game remaining against the Clippers on Wednesday.