Durant lifts Golden State to a 3-0 lead over Utah
WARRIORS 102, JAZZ 91
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.
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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.