NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors hold off Trail Blazers to take 2-0 lead in Western Conference finals

The Warriors are firmly in control of the Western Conference finals.

Golden State pulled out a 114-111 win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday in a back-and-forth Game 2 at Oracle Arena. The victory gave the Warriors a 2-0 series lead.

The Trail Blazers outplayed Golden State early and held a 15-point advantage heading into halftime. But, the Warriors worked their way back into the game by opening the third quarter on a 16-4 run and erased an eight-point deficit with a little less than 4:30 to play in the final period.

Portland had a final chance to tie the score trailing by three with 12.3 seconds remaining. Andre Iguodala, however, stripped the ball away from Damian Lillard as he was attempting a 3-pointer.

Stephen Curry was once again phenomenal for Golden State. He finished with 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting and added eight assists, along with eight rebounds. Klay Thompson added 24 points.

Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 45 points for Portland in the losing effort.

The Trail Blazers will host Game 3 on Saturday at the Moda Center.