The Utah Jazz gave the Warriors a tussle in Game 3 but to no avail as the Dubs behind Kevin Durant’s big night win again

May 6, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

by Jerry Feitelberg

Salt Lake City- The Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz Saturday night by a score of 102-91 to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Semi-finals. The Warriors have now won seven straight playoff games.

The Warriors, as has been their custom in the playoffs, got off to a good start. They took a ten-point lead at the end of the first 12 minutes of play 27-17. The only negative in the quarter was the two fouls called on Draymond Green. Part of Jazz coach Quinn Snyder’s game plan was to get Draymond in foul trouble early and to slow the Warrior’s running game down to a crawl. Utah outscored the Dubs 33-22 in the second quarter and ended the first half with a one-point advantage 50-49. The Jazz finished the second quarter on a 12-5 run.

Utah played the game with a sense of desperation. They were at home in front of a friendly crowd, and they did not want to go down 3 games to none. They took a nine-point lead early in the third quarter, but Steph Curry was able to hit a 3-pointer. It was Steph’s first 3-pointer of the game, but it triggered a 19-8 run to put the Dubs up by two 72-70 at the end of three.

The Jazz fought back and regained the lead 75-74 early in the 4th quarter. The Dubs answered back with a 10-4 run and never trailed again in the game. Kevin Durant and Steph Curry led the charge with eleven points each down the stretch. The Warriors scored 30 points in the final stanza, and the defense held the Jaz to just 21. The Warriors win by a final of 102-91.

Game Notes- Kevin Durant played one of his best games of the season. He was the Warrior offense in the first half as the Jazz held Steph to just 5 points and Klay Thompson to four. Durant finished with 38 points and 13 rebounds. Steph tallied 18 in the second half to finish with 23 for the night. Klay finished with six. Draymond Green did not score as much as he did Thursday night but he kicked in with 9 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Andre Iguodala was the only other Warrior in double figures as he knocked down 11.  All five Jazz starters were in double figures. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 29 points. Big Rudy Gobert tallied 21, and he had 15 boards in a losing effort. Shelvin Mack 11, Joe Ingles 10, and Boris Diaw 10 rounded out the scoring for the Jazz. The Jazz bench did not contribute much.

The Dubs shot 44% from the floor and 30% from behind the arc. They held the Jazz to just 39% from the floor and 31.8% from 3-point range. The Dubs outrebounded Utah 51-42. Both teams did a good job of protecting the ball. The Dubs turned the ball over 7 times. All 7 turnovers happened in the first half. The Jazz turned the ball over just 9 times. As mentioned earlier, the Jazz found a way to slow down the Warrior’s running game and ball movement. The Dubs had a season-low 17 assists in the contest. Coach Snyder’s approach worked for a while, but the Dubs have just too much firepower

The Warriors announced that 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.

”There have been a couple of times he has come into our coaches meetings for an hour or so. But for the most part, we’re in constant communication on the phone.”

Game Four of the series will be played Monday night in Salt Lake City. Game time will be at 6 pm, and the game will be televised on the TNT network

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