Utah pushed the lead to as large as nine points (62-53) in the third quarter. When Curry enters the game with six minutes left in the fourth quarter after enjoying his usual rest, the Jazz just don't have the talent to keep a lid on the Warriors' offense.
Golden State envisioned Durant, a player of unique size, skill and shooting ability, giving opposing defenses nightmares with his unrivaled capacity to score in a one-on-one situation.
Yet, his decision could be the difference between Golden State continuing to dominate the National Basketball Association for years to come, or having a bare-bones team around the Warriors' four all-stars.
Green picked up his first technical foul of the playoffs in Game 3, but is still without a flagrant foul point.
How do you beat the Golden State Warriors? Green made four 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished the game with 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and a blocked shot.
However, this matchup was controlled by the other All-Star small forward.
It just wasn't enough. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder was wired up during tonight's game and said that he didn't think the moment was too big for his team.
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"Obviously, they are great players and are going to make plays".
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.
The Golden State Warriors continue their quest for another NBA Championship as they take on the Utah Jazz in game three of the Western Conference semifinals. But Curry and Durant each contributed 11 points in the final quarter, marking the first time that both reached double figures in the fourth quarter of the same game as teammates. Klay Thompson shot 1-for-9 from the field and has surprisingly struggled some this series.
Stephen Curry did not fare much better for most of the night. "I made a few shots there". Without George Hill to lock him down, Curry should have been able to do far more damage against the Jazz. He also deserves a lot of credit for not turning the ball over once all night. They can thank Kevin Durant for the victory. The replay showed that Green hit the ball, and not Rudy Gobert, so he was understandably upset by the call.
Oubre, 21, averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds a game for the Wizards this season. It didn't last long, but they regained the lead before the half on a couple of Gobert free throws and led 50-49. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. If Kevin Durant had not gone insane from mid-range (the exact type of shot that any team should be happy to surrender to the Warriors), then this game probably would have swung Utah's way. They're fine for now, but the Warriors will do well to put the Jazz down for the count tonight to avoid the potential wear and tear and technicals that could come in additional games. The game was played at Utah's tempo from the very start, and the Warriors' inability to get out into the open court seemed to knock them off their rhythm.
Durant (38 points) came off a simple high screen and planted a pull-up 3 over a late-to-help Rudy Gobert, putting the Warriors up 92-84 - a 6-0 run by the Warriors' two former MVPs in 34 seconds to provide the necessary separation. "We're down 3-nothing, so we have to do whatever we can in Game 4 to get a win on our home floor".
The Jazz continued the good defense in the fourth.