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

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The best from the "Golden State" became the Kevin Durant - the former leader of the Oklahoma scored 38 points and gathered 13 rebounds.

Durant and Gobert event got into it a little after a play, one where Gobert pushed Durant out of the way going for a board and Durant came back with a shove. He drained step-back and fadeaway jumpers, cut to the rim for layups and buried timely three-pointers.

The best part of the pair's reaction is easily Curry's face popping up like a teacher had called him out for sleeping in class.

Golden State earned a commanding 3-0 series lead thanks to Saturday's 102-91 game-three victory. Golden State produced a postseason-low 17 assists.

"Myself, the other 19,000 people in the arena and everyone else watching on TV saw the same thing I saw", Curry said. Behind a big night from Steph Curry, the Warriors close out the sweep and beat the Jazz 111-98. "It's an easy decision at that moment, try to set a screen for him, get him in the right spot and he does the rest". The only setback came on a 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10. Klay Thompson missed all four of his looks from deep and ended the night with six points on 1-of-9 shooting from the field. They overcame another sluggish start to take their first lead of the series into halftime, then stretched it to nine in the third quarter with a flurry of some of their best two-way play all season.

Rudy Gobert tends to get into opponent's heads from time to time. It's the other things that I try to do - defensively, helping my teammates, get them open shots, moving, setting screens.

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

Jazz: Utah continued to have slow starts and shot just 28.6 percent and trailed by 10 at the end of the first quarter. The Jazz defended the arc well and the Warriors shot 9-of-30 from deep (30 percent).

The series shifted to Utah and Vivint Smart Home Arena Saturday night for Game 3, as the Jazz looked to get in the win column against the top-seeded Warriors.

"It is really just a question of his effectiveness", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.

"I think the problem we had was we stopped moving the ball", Gobert said. "They're trying to clean that stuff up I guess". Golden State took a 33-15 advantage after the first quarter, but couldn't build the lead much more from there. Curry and Durant hit back-to-back 3s to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3 minutes 4 seconds left. Utah roared back in the second, getting points in transition, playing tough defense, and making jumpers (imagine that!).

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 has yet to lose in the playoffs. But the Warriors also had only seven turnovers, with none in the second half.

"He's had a ton of input", acting coach Mike Brown said. But they just stayed with it. "There was no panic involved or anything like that, especially during timeouts in the huddle". The Jazz have had so many injuries to key guys this season, when news breaks that someone is out for a game, fans don't even blink at this point. Postgame, Hayward bemoaned slightly less aggressive defense on Durant earlier in the game, which allowed him to see some shots splash through and find a rhythm.

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