Du­rant lifts Golden State to a 3-0 lead over Utah


The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - NBA PLAY­OFFS AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kevin Du­rant had 38 points and 13 re­bounds, and the Golden State War­riors beat the Utah Jazz, 10291, on Satur­day night in Salt Lake City to grab a 3-0 lead in the Western Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thomp­son were a com­bined 7 for 29 from the field and 3 for 15 from three-point range, leav­ing Du­rant to lead the War­riors.

The Jazz led 75-74 early in the fourth quar­ter, but the War­riors went on a 10-4 run and never trailed again. Curry and Du­rant hit back to back threes to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left.

Curry fin­ished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shoot­ing.

Gor­don Hay­ward led Utah with 29 points. Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 15 re­bounds.

Game 4 is Mon­day night Utah.

The War­riors got out to a quick start again and led by 10 after the first quar­ter.

Utah sur­vived the first-half on­slaught by Du­rant, who had 22 points and six re­bounds at the break. There wasn’t much the Jazz could do to con­tend a flurry of turn­around fade­aways, drives to the bas­ket and a pair of threes. Golden State, how­ever, didn’t get much help oth­er­wise, and Dray­mond Green dealt with foul troutwo-hour in ble.

The Jazz took a 50-49 lead into half­time after clos­ing the sec­ond quar­ter on a 12-5 run high­lighted by Rod­ney Hood’s three-pointer that gave Utah its first lead of the se­ries at 48-47.

The Jazz led by nine in the third quar­ter, but Curry be­gan to warm up and hit his first three-pointer of the game on a pull-up in tran­si­tion. Golden State closed the quar­ter on a 19-8 stretch to take a 72-70 lead.

Jazz point guard Ge­orge Hill missed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game with a big toe in­jury.

War­riors Coach Steve Kerr did not travel with the team as he con­tin­ues to deal with back is­sues. He was at Duke Univer­sity on Fri­day see­ing a spe­cial­ist.

“He’s had a ton of in­put,” act­ing coach Mike Brown said. “His im­prints are all over ev­ery­thing we do. He and I talk a cou­ple times a day.”

Lowry doubt­ful for Game 4

All-star point guard Kyle Lowry said he’s doubt­ful to play for Toronto on Sunday in Game 4 of the Raptors’ Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nal se­ries against the Cleve­land Cava­liers.

Lowry has a sprained left an­kle. He at­tempted to warm up be­fore Game 3 on Fri­day night be­fore the de­ter­mi­na­tion was made that he could not play.

Lowry said try­ing to play likely made the an­kle worse.

The Raptors trail the se­ries 3-0. No team in NBA his­tory has suc­cess­fully ral­lied from such a deficit.

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