Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Zaza Pachulia completed a 3-point play and Durant buried a 3-pointer to bring Golden State back within a basket. That discomfort led him to the Warriors, in a severe case of the rich-getting-richer, and if that stacks the deck on Golden State's favor, Durant responds with a shrug.

"That's one of the reasons why we welcomed him here", Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said. Warriors F Andre Iguodala played in his 100th career playoff game.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Golden State's combination of length and quickness makes things hard.

It does, however, accurately reflect how Kevin Durant, the New Guy, is perhaps the best player on a team that went to two straight Finals without him. Golden State envisioned Durant, a player of unique size, skill and shooting ability, giving opposing defenses nightmares with his unrivaled capacity to score in a one-on-one situation. Seven total turnovers tied a postseason low.

Durant was able to get whatever shot he wanted in the game. On Saturday night, he missed all three of his treys. With a little more than six minutes left, the Jazz held an 80-79 lead, a noteworthy event given that the Warriors had scored wire-to-wire double-digit wins in both Game 1 and Game 2.

"Yeah, they were booing me pretty loud", Green said. "I think there's some places I go where I should definitely get booed".

But hey, you know what word rhymes with "scuffle?"

"I've never done anything wrong to them, so I don't know why they were booing me so loud", he said.

Moments later, he was hit with a technical from the bench for his continued shouting at the refs.

"I'm not surprised", Oubre said. It was their first lead of the series. "As hard as it is to see him make shots, they're two-point shots, and sometimes they're unassisted shots".

The 11-point final margin of victory is deceptive, because the Warriors needed every bit of Durant and Curry's heroics to secure this win. Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 3-of-13 from the floor for nine points. Jazz point guard George Hill is likely a game-time decision and was listed as questionable with a left big toe sprain after missing Game 2.

Draymond Green is averaging an impressive tally of 14.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals during the ongoing 2017 NBA Playoffs.

The Jazz took a 50-49 lead into halftime after closing the second quarter on a 12-5 run highlighted by Rodney Hood's 3-pointer triple that gave the Jazz their first lead of the series at 48-47. Sometimes you're not going to be open for very long, and if you're waiting to be more open, you don't get that opportunity. He and I talk a couple times a day. Hayward was great! He scored 29 points on 18 shots, adding six assists when the defense collapsed.

The Jazz controlled the pace in the second and third quarters, even taking a nine-point lead at 62-53 with less than eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. In the late 1990s, Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman complained that the city was so devoid of excitement, he had to fly to Las Vegas between playoff games "to keep my mind rolling".

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