Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.4 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 99.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting.

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

Before the series, we knew that the Warriors were going to win a game thanks to their ridiculous shooting. With JaVale rolling off screens and roaming the weak-side for lobs, Gobert again was forced away from the front of the rim, giving the Warriors more clean looks.

Durant went down with injury and Steph Curry, once again, came to the rescue for the Warriors. He bailed out Golden State on a night where the shots were not falling for the rest of his teammates. In a league where only a handful of players can hope to contain Durant, no one on the Utah team has a whispered rumor of a chance to slow him. Despite winning by double digits, it was a rough game to watch. He attempted to warm up before Game 3 on Friday before the determination was made that he could not play.

Clearly the Warriors will win the series, but they need to be cautious in the next outing. Snyder said his status hasn't changed and he'll likely be a game-time decision for Game 4. But it feels like they emptied the cabinet in Game 3, and the Dubs smell blood. At one point, Durant had 27 points and no other Warrior had more than seven. Even then the Warriors would have the edge with two of the three games scheduled to take place in Golden State.

Realistically there isn't much more the Jazz could have asked for in tonight's loss. Golden State did get better, and it involved Kevin Durant.

The Jazz continued the good defense in the fourth. "I made a few shots there".

But not on Saturday night. The Jazz cut their turnovers in half, and the share of Warriors points that came after these turnovers were chopped in half as well. "Whether we're making buckets or not, that group is going to bring us juice because they're going to push the ball with their quickness".

Not only that, Golden State was able to secure defensive rebounds, even with Gobert on the floor, which meant that there was only one possession for the Jazz.

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

This is what the Golden State Warriors signed up for.

This was most of Golden State's offense for the second-half. Snyder has increased the win total each year from 38 to 40 and now 51.

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. The sprawling forward shot over and around the Jazz on 15-for-26 shooting with an array of isolations and pick-and-rolls.

Draymond Green is averaging an impressive tally of 14.6 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals during the ongoing 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Oh, and Andre Iguodala finally hit a three-pointer after missing every single attempt he had taken so far during the postseason. Golden State has yet to lose in the playoffs.

It didn't matter. Durant did exactly what the Warriors expected him to do when they inked him to a two-year, $54 million deal last summer.

He did just that against the Jazz, putting the exclamation point on the game with his final bucket: a crossover, fadeaway bank-shot on the three-point line over Gordon Hayward's arms. "I've never really had any beef with any players on the Jazz".

Durant did a little bit of everything through four quarters. He also dished out 4 assists and grabbed 5 boards to help Rudy Gobert on the glass.

And despite all that, the Jazz had the lead during the fourth quarter against arguably the best team this league has ever seen. Jazz guard George Hill missed his second consecutive game with a toe injury Saturday.

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