PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors' thrilling comeback attempt at Portland fell short, and so did their efforts at moving up in the Western Conference standings.
Despite a season-high 47 points from Stephen Curry and a Draymond Green 3-pointer to force overtime, the Warriors lost 119-117 to Portland and are consigned to no better than the No. 6 spot and a likely meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs. The Trail Blazers, surviving a 3-point try by Andre Iguodala on the Warriors' final possession, secured at least the No. 5 spot.
But coach Mark Jackson was proud of his team and especially Curry for a performance he called "absolutely amazing."
Curry scored at will, going 16 for 29 from the field, and Jackson pointed to his star for making correct decisions in dishing off to Green for the game-tying 3-pointer with 3.6 seconds left in regulation and then Iguodala for an open look for the win. Iguodala, who has hit two game-winners this season, saw his 3-point attempt go off the rim.
"Again, Steph Curry makes the play," Jackson said. "I just love the guy.
"He's been special. He's been absolutely special."
Curry had 44 points at the end of regulation and was 7 for 14 from 3-point range, and Klay Thompson added 25 points and a 6-for-10 performance from long distance in the shootout.
The Warriors did lose center Andrew Bogut, who left the game in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the ribs and did not return. He was scheduled to undergo an X-ray, and a significant injury would do damage to the team's chances of advancing.
Curry felt the team had showed this season that it was postseason-ready.
"We always find a way to show up in big games," Curry said.
"Tonight was great preparation for that kind of intensity and level we need to be at."
LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 26 points and hit the go-ahead shot with 39.9 seconds left in overtime to make it 118-117. Wesley Matthews added 24, and Nicolas Batum had 18 points and 12 rebounds.
"That's an effort we can live with," Green said. "We made big shots when we needed to make big shots."
The Warriors led 52-44 at halftime after Curry hit a 3-pointer and connected on three free throws after drawing a foul from beyond the arc with three-tenths of a second left.
Golden State scored the final eight points of the second quarter, with Curry capping off the half with 21 points. He became the only player in NBA history to hit 250 3-pointers in multiple seasons.
Portland's Mo Williams hit a jump shot with 2:08 left in the third to give the Trail Blazers the lead, opening up the floodgates. Williams followed with a 3-pointer, and Matthews hit a shot from beyond the arc with Curry in his face to make it 76-71 Portland.
The Trail Blazers opened the fourth with a 14-4 run to take an 11-point lead before Curry responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the lead to four and give him 40 points on the evening. Curry's 47 points tied him for the second-most he's scored in a single game.
"He's playing with so much confidence, and you can tell whenever he goes out there, he kind of has that aura where no matter who comes to see him play, he's playing as if that might be the only time they might ever see him play," said Iguodala.
Minnesota (40-40) at Warriors (49-31), 7:30 p.m., CSNBA
Race to SIXTH seed
The Warriors have clinched a playoff berth and are trying to hold on to the sixth seed in the NBA Western Conference playoffs. Here's how the race stands now:
Team Rec. GB GR
6. WARRIORS 49-31 -- 2
7. Dallas 49-32 0.5 1
8. Memphis 48-32 1 2
9. Phoenix 47-33 2 2
GR: games remaining