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NBA Playoffs: Damian Lillard Scores 40, Blazers Top Warriors

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    NBA Playoffs: Damian Lillard Scores 40, Blazers Top Warriors
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    NBA Playoffs: Damian Lillard scores 40, Blazers top Warriors

    PORTLAND, Ore. -- 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 (see full recap).

    Lowry rescues Raptors, scores 33 in win over Heat
    MIAMI -- Kyle Lowry got his game back at the perfect time for the Toronto Raptors.

    And the Miami Heat are in all kinds of trouble.

    Shaking off epic playoff struggles, Lowry scored 33 points - including five straight to break a late tie - in a duel with Dwyane Wade to lift the Raptors to a 95-91 victory over the Heat on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

    The Raptors lead the series 2-1. Game 4 is in Miami on Monday night.

    "I felt like it was just a matter of time," Lowry said.

    He was a career 34 percent playoff shooter coming into Saturday, and was shooting 31 percent in these playoffs. But he connected on 11 of 19 shots, 5 of 8 from 3-point range (see full recap).