NBA: Thompson sparkles as Warriors overpower Blazers to take 2-0 lead in series

Klay Thompson #11 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate in the final minute of their victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
Klay Thompson #11 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate in the final minute of their victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. PHOTO: AFP

OAKLAND (AFP) - Klay Thompson scored 27 points as the Golden State Warriors staged a fourth-quarter fightback to defeat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference semi-final series on Tuesday.

The reigning champion Warriors were caught cold in the first quarter after Portland raced to a double-digit lead, holding a 34-21 advantage heading into the second quarter.

But Golden State, missing the injured Stephen Curry, maintained their composure and chipped away at the Blazers before slowly reeling them in.

The decisive period was the fourth quarter when the Warriors outscored Portland by 34-12 to transform the contest at the Oracle Arena.

With Curry missing, it was down to Thompson to provide the inspiration and the 26-year-old did not disappoint with a superb haul.

Thompson's points tally included five from 14 three-point attempts.

Draymond Green added 17 points with 14 rebounds and seven assists while Andre Iguodala added 15 points from the bench.

Damian Lillard topscored for Portland with 25 points, adding six assists and four rebounds.

C.J. McCollum was close behind with 22 points and two assists.

Game 3 in the best-of-seven series takes place in Portland on Saturday.