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

Hazel Gray
May 7, 2017

Throughout the contest the Warriors had an answer for every threat from the Jazz - despite some sloppy defense and 17 turnovers that led to 22 Utah points.

When Gobert shoved him an elbow in the fourth quarter, Durant shoved back - and paid for it. He drained step-back and fadeaway jumpers, cut to the rim for layups and buried timely 3-pointers.

Kevin Durant had 25 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists for the Warriors (2-0).

The Golden State Warriors are a win away from the Western Conference Finals after outlasting the Utah Jazz in the National Basketball Association playoffs. Golden State's six straight victories to begin a postseason are a franchise record. With guys like Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala posting two of the best defensive ratings in the series thus far, that shouldn't be an overly hard task for Golden State.

"It's the other things I try to do". Throughout the regular season they struggled to play with what Stephen Curry has called "force". While Steph Curry did not have a significantly better outing in Game 2 than he did in Game 1, that trend is unlikely to continue without Hill on the floor. The only setback came was a 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10.

He stayed patient and trusted in the work he put in going into the game and it paid off. "It gives us a huge lift", Stephen Curry said of Green's perimeter touch.

It's pretty typical of the Warriors that even when something goes wrong everything falls into place for them to turn it into a highlight. Curry and Durant hit back to back 3ss to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left. He's the glue that holds the Warriors' lineup of stars together, and they are virtually unbeatable when Green is at his best.

"For the most part, our guys just really dug in and I can't say enough about how we competed", Snyder said. They knock you back and we've avoided getting knocked out, but we've been behind on the card.

The Warriors got the ball rolling by making 5-of-6 shots to open up the first quarter. They led by one at halftime and eventually built a nine-point advantage. The 102 points is a playoff low for the Warriors, and forced Golden State to find another way to beat the physical Jazz. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 116.5 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 100.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting.

The Warriors managed to take a 72-70 lead into the fourth despite shooting just 8-of-24 from the field in the third. Golden State needs to be careful with him.

A secret to the Warriors' consistent success this postseason?

"It wasn't easy", said Warriors coach Mike Brown - standing in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr. The sprawling forward shot over and around the Jazz on 15-for-26 shooting with an array of isolations and pick-and-rolls. Just thinking out loud, maybe some speed on the roster would be a bigger challenge to them? "There was no panic involved or anything like that, especially during timeouts in the huddle". Utah is going to have to do it again with George HIll (OUT, Toe), and will start Shelvin Mack (???).

"There's a lot of things we can do better and we have to continue to think that way or get more of a thirst to want to play flawless", Warriors forward Andre Iguodala said.

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