Durant, Warriors push Jazz to brink of elimination

Durant, Warriors push Jazz to brink of elimination

But on a court where the altitude is high and the fan base is intense, to come into Vivint Smart Home Arena and get a win is not something the Warriors are taking for granted. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 "The Game" in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KUIC 95.3 in Solano County, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.

Golden State has won each of the first three games against Utah by double digits yet is only 1-2 against the spread so far.

Golden State took a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semi-finals series.

Durant and Curry each tallied 11 points in the period, but it wasn't necessarily off crisp ball movement and in the flow of the offence.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry got the victory Saturday night in a closer-than-expected Game 3 against the Jazz.

Golden State's hot start in Game 2 was driven by the long-range prowess of All-Star forward Draymond Green, who knocked down four of his five 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 21 points before leaving after a scary fall in the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert was a monster in the paint, scoring 21 points and collecting 15 rebounds. Jazz guard George Hill missed his second consecutive game with a toe injury Saturday. After the opening 24 minutes, they lead the Golden State Warriors, 50-49. Gobert came up with some nice defensive plays for the Jazz.

With the backcourt of Curry and Klay Thompson in a shooting slump, Durant was the Warriors' go-to guy for most of the night.




The last time Durant met LeBron in the Finals, he lost four straight. And once Durant found his rhythm, it was impossible to cool him off. The Jazz are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games playing on 1 days rest, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

Game 3 was certainly the most competitive one yet for the Jazz in this series of double-digit losses. Yes, Zaza Pachulia did have seven points.

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala, right, celebrates with Kevin Durant (35) after he scores against the Utah Jazz in the second half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 6, 2017, in S. The 102 points is a playoff low for the Warriors, and forced Golden State to find another way to beat the physical Jazz. They didn't slow them down much in the third, but they kept the game close enough to not be too anxious about it. Curry struggled with shooting, but with around three minutes left in the third, he brought the team within one point of the Jazz.

Boris Diaw replaced Joe Johnson in Utah' starting lineup. The final three minutes were about keeping their foot on the throat, which the Warriors did. Snyder said his status hasn't changed and he'll likely be a game-time decision for Game 4.

Point spread: The Warriors opened as eight-point favorites; the total is at 206.5, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. It takes seven technical fouls to earn the same suspension. That got Durant a Flagrant 1.

CAVALIERS: LeBron James doesn't prolong the inevitable. Incidentally, those were the only points of the game for the slumping Hood.

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