7 best shots of Kevin Durant taking over Game 3

7 best shots of Kevin Durant taking over Game 3

The result: Western Conference: Golden State Warriors 102 bt Utah Jazz 91 (Warriors lead series 3-0).

Golden State Warriors' forward Kevin Durant proved his worth in Game 3.

Gordon Hayward found his way in the second half while Rudy Gobert roughed up the smaller Warriors on the inside game all night long. In fact, he can probably expect to be booed even more loudly in Game 4, as he blatantly taunted Jazz fans while he was heading to the bench late in the first half on Saturday.

But what they could not do was stop Kevin Durant.

"Really, for us, it's simplistic, basic, backyard basketball", Warriors coach Mike Brown said. When Durant played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, he averaged 41.9 playoff minutes per game. He was at Duke University on Friday seeing a specialist and owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg Radio that Ker had a "spinal cord leak" procedure on his back.

Durant dropped 38 points on 15-of-26 shooting, draining four three-pointers and hauling in 13 rebounds.

Trailing 75-74 early in the fourth, Warriors launched a 10-4 scoring run to regain a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Curry and Durant hit back to back 3ss to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left.

7 best shots of Kevin Durant taking over Game 3

"Scoring and stuff is not easy, but it's what I do the best".

Curry finished with 23 points off a less efficient 6-of-20 clip. However, beyond those two, the majority of Utah's young, "high-potential" guys failed to elevate their game to the next level this year.

"The other 19,000 people in the arena and everyone else watching on TV saw the same thing I saw", Warriors guard Stephen Curry said.

"We're smart enough basketball players to know what's going on at that moment and try to make the right decision and let a talented scorer like he is. let him do what he does". Golden State trailed for the first time this series in Game 3 and was behind by nine in the third quarter. There wasn't much the Jazz could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s. With Curry and Thompson holding down their shooting game previously, it did not look like the Warriors could get any better with their shooting but it did. After a kickback pass to Andre Iguodala, Curry (23 points) weaved around a screen and, when Rodney Hood failed to recognise and help in time, Curry jetted off the down screen, caught and planted a wing 3 to put the Warriors up 89-84.

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

The Jazz are actually down 3-0 now, and no one would be surprised if they get swept. "That's why they're who they are". If he can drain over 35 points in a playoff game once, he likely can do it again.

They seized the lead for the first time in the series when they went up 48-47 in the second period, and led 50-49 at half-time. Now he is trying to do it for a new team, Golden State. Shelvin Mack started in his place.




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