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Damian Lillard shoots over Klay Thompson.

Klay Thompson says Damian Lillard's strong scoring night was 'on him'

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Klay Thompson had another brilliant offensive night for the Golden State Warriors as he dropped 35 points, including 18 in the first quarter.

However, it was not enough to give the Dubs a 3-0 series lead over the Portland Trail Blazers as the Western Conference's fifth seed cut their deficit in half.

The 12-point win came courtesy of Damian Lillard, who is making of habit of coming up trumps against his hometown franchise. The point guard ended the encounter with 40 points, shooting 51.9 percent from the field, including 8-of-13 from three.

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While Thompson was happy with his own production, he took some of the blame for allowing Lillard to light it up on Saturday night.

Speaking in his post-game press conference, the shooting guard said: "He [Lillard] had a great game, a lot of that's on me. [I] go up against Steph [Curry] a lot, so you've got to treat Lillard like Steph as far as being 30-35 feet away from the basket, make it difficult on the floor and [make him] give it up.

"We let him get too many rhythm threes off the catch tonight and off the off the ball screen, that is where he is deadly. So, make the adjustment Monday, play with the same effort and I'll be good to go." 

Stephen Curry has been out of action since game four of the first-round series with the Houston Rockets, meaning much of the scoring responsibility has landed on the shoulders of his backcourt partner.

The two-time All-Star has stepped up to the plate and produced four consecutive games of 27 points or more, including two encounters in excess of 30.

The Dubs were rolling at the Oracle Arena without the reigning MVP, but his absence from game three last night was evident for all to see and the Warriors will be looking forward to his return.

Curry was seen shooting the ball before last night's encounter but did not dress as he took his place on the bench ahead of tipoff. He could be back for game four, but with Thompson, Golden State is in good hands.

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