Warriors want to 'destroy everything' and limit Jazz rallies

Warriors want to 'destroy everything' and limit Jazz rallies

Before their home fans, the Jazz showed plenty of fight, taking a nine-point lead in the third quarter. Golden State is now 73-15 overall, 33-10 on the road and 43-42-3 against the spread. The Jazz guard was 4 for 13 and 0 for 5 from behind the arc in Game 2.

With a 3-0 series lead, the Warriors have all but secured a berth in the Western Conference Finals. The Jazz dictated the terms of engagement, and they played phenomenal defense. It was the third time this postseason, and the second in this series, that Golden State had seven turnovers in a game.

Utah held a lead in the fourth despite starting the game by shooting 28.6 percent in the first quarter.

However, this matchup was controlled by the other All-Star small forward.

But Durant delivered one final backbreaker, tossing in a banked 22-footer to give him 38 points on 15-of-26 shooting - his most important performance since joining the Warriors. It was not just his scoring total that stood out, but rather how he got to that total.

This is why the Warriors moved heaven and earth and most of its seas to add Kevin Durant to their roster.

With the backcourt of Curry and Klay Thompson in a shooting slump, Durant was the Warriors' go-to guy for most of the night. This past offseason, they replaced one of their starters (Harrison Barnes) with the second-best basketball player on the planet (Kevin Durant). Curry and Durant hit back to back 3s to give the Warriors a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left. If this is the Durant that's going to be coming out the rest of the way, then it's scary to think that Golden State might very well reach another level.

"Never lose your aggressiveness", Curry said. I feel like our intentions are good, but we have to have the thirst to want to be like a machine and just try to destroy everything.

When Gobert shoved him an elbow in the fourth quarter, Durant shoved back - and paid for it. He also deserves a lot of credit for not turning the ball over once all night. When the Warriors need a bucket, they go to Durant. Defensively helping my teammates, get them open shots, moving and setting screens. Hayward made the technical free throw, and Gobert would miss both free throws.

How do you beat the Golden State Warriors? Led by Defensive Player of the Year candidate, Draymond Green, the Warriors were able to force Jazz into poor shots consistently down the stretch.

"I'm going to try to say this as humble as I can, but I've been doing this for so long", Durant said, "and every time I get out the bed and we have a game that day, I feel like I can go out there and score".

This one tonight was the only close game of the series so far, and with that Utah still lost by 11.

Hill's status remains up in the air for what could be the final game in this version of Vivint Arena, which will be renovated over the offseason.

After failing to lead for even a second out in Oakland, the Jazz returned home and pushed the Warriors into a pressurized crunch-time situation - 86-84 Golden State, 3:56 left, a practice test for what's likely to come.

On the other hand, the Jazz got solid contributions from Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert, but it still doesn't seem to be enough.

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