Curry returns to rescue the Warriors
Fit-again Steph Curry poured in 40 points and broke an NBA record to help the Golden State Warriors defeat the Portland Trail Blazers in overtime and open up a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semi-final.
Superstar guard Curry scored 17 of his points in overtime - the most in NBA history - as the Warriors, who trailed by up to 16 points during the match, battled back to claim a 132-125 victory.
Curry also contributed nine rebounds and eight assists as the league’s reigning MVP returned from a four-game absence due to a knee injury to produce another matchwinning display.
For Portland, Damian Lillard (36 points and 10 assists), Al Farouq Aminu (18 points and 13 rebounds) and Mason Plumlee (12 points and 15 rebounds) all recorded doubledoubles but the Blazers now face a mountain to climb if they are to get past the all-conquering Warriors.
Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade led the Miami Heat to a 94-87 win over the Toronto Raptors to level the Eastern Conference semi-final at 2-2.
Wade scored 30 points as the Heat rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Goran Dragic and Joe Johnson each added 15 points for Miami, while Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph both had 14-point hauls for Toronto.