- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard had a playoff-best 40 points and the Portland Trail Blazers avoided a fourth-quarter letdown to beat Golden State 120-108 on Saturday night, cutting the Warriors’ advantage in the Western Conference semifinal to 2-1.

The defending NBA champion Warriors were still without reigning MVP Steph Curry, who sprained his right knee in Game 4 of the team’s first-round series against Houston.

Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and CJ McCollum added 22 points for Portland. The Trail Blazers led 58-46 at the half and stretched the lead to as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter.

Draymond Green had 37 points, and Klay Thompson added 35 for the Warriors, They had had won four straight against the Blazers.

Game 4 is Monday night in Portland.


MIAMI (AP) - Kyle Lowry scored 33 points on 11-for-19 shooting to snap out of a postseason funk and Toronto beat Miami in Game 3 to seize back the home-court edge in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, and Jonas Valanciunas finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes to help the Raptors take a 2-1 series lead.

Both teams lost their starting centers - Miami’s Hassan Whiteside with a knee issue of still-unclear severity in the second quarter and Toronto’s Valanciunas with a sprained ankle in the third quarter.

Dwyane Wade had 29 of his 38 points after halftime and had eight rebounds for Miami. Goran Dragic scored 12 points, and Joe Johnson had 10.

Game 4 is Monday night in Miami. The teams split overtime games in Toronto.

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