NBA wrap: Warriors reach West final

Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry were in fine form on Wednesday as the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 125-121 to reach the West Conference final for a second year running.

Wednesday’s other match saw the Toronto Raptors beat Miami Heat 99-91 to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-finals.

In Oakland, Thompson scored 33 points, which included six three-pointers, while Curry added 29 points having sealed the victory in Game 5 of the series with a three with 25 seconds left on the clock.

Curry finished the game with five threes and added 11 assists just a day after becoming the first unanimous MVP in NBA history.

Damian Lillard scored 28 points while CJ McCollum had 27 for the Trail Blazers but those performances weren’t enough to turn the match into Portland’s favour.

The Warriors were without the services of Curry for the first three games of the series as he recovered with a sprained right knee, and will now have to wait for the conclusion of the Oklahoma City-San Antonio series, where the Thunder is currently leading 3-2.

In Toronto, Raptors stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were back to their best after the duo were somewhat underwhelming in Game 4.

On Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre, Lowry and DeRozan combined for 59 points as the Raptors got their play-off campaign back on track.

Lowry finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his 41 minutes on the court, had 34 points in his 34 minutes playing time.

Additionally, DeRoza went for 11-for-11 from the free-throw line and 11-for-22 from the field.

Miami’s stars were largely kept in check during the game, although Dwyane Wade had 20 points on 6-for-14 shooting while Bismack Biyombo finished with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

Game 6 in the series takes place Friday night in Miami.