After trailing 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a third-quarter comeback to lead 82-79 going into the fourth. Curry’s three-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland failed to catch up.
No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs.
In game two on Friday (AEST), the Blazers were up 15 at half-time and led by eight with four minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney’s dunk and a game-sealing steal from Andre Iguodala — for a 114-111 victory.
Both teams switched up their line-ups for game three, with Portland’s Meyers Leonard making his first start of the playoffs at centre. Enes Kanter started in all the previous games, despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, and it’s unlikely he’ll return during the conference finals. The two-time reigning NBA finals MVP is still out with a calf injury and won’t be re-examined until next week.