Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

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With that in mind, they're not likely to be too intimidated by what should be a frothing, feisty crowd at Vivint Smart Home Arena when they meet the Utah Jazz Saturday night in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Golden State Warriors pulled clear in their National Basketball Association playoff series as the Washington Wizards enjoyed a much-needed win.

Washington Wizards guard Bojan Bogdanovic (44) gestures after making a three point field goal against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter in game three of the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. Luckily for Green, his running mate, Kevin Durant has been spectacular, keeping the Warriors in the game singlehandedly.

He eventually returned to the court-a good sign for the Warriors, who will try to stretch their lead in the best-of-seven series in game three on Saturday in Salt Lake City. "They stayed poised. They could have caved at any time, especially in the third when Utah went on a run".

"It wasn't easy", said Warriors coach Mike Brown - standing in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr. He was at Duke University on Friday seeing a specialist and owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg Radio that Ker had a "spinal cord leak" procedure on his back.

And dominating it all was Kevin Durant. Curry and Durant hit back to back 3ss to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left.

The Warriors have easily been the best team in the postseason.


"I knew my knee was just locking up a little bit".

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City.

Utah's Gordon Hayward, held to 12 points Tuesday in a 106-94 loss in Game 1, led all scorers with 33 points Thursday.

Warriors got 25 points, 11 boards and 7 dimes from Durant while Green finished with 21. Game 3 may have been superficially ugly, but in the eyes of Bob Myers and the other Warriors brass, it was attractive. It's hard to argue that anyone has been better than LeBron James, but it's also difficult to say there have been guys that have been consistently better than Green.

"We figured out how to get into the paint and get some shots for ourselves, some better looks, and our spacing was a lot better", he said. There wasn't much the Jazz could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s. The Jazz took their first lead of the series in the second quarter. This was a huge turning point in the game, as the technical foul got the Jazz players and fans back into the game.

Sacramento's native Matt Barnes warms up with his Golden State Warriors before the team took on the Utah Jazz at the Oracle on May 4, 2017.

As dominant as they already are, the Golden State Warriors' invincibility is taken to a new level when Draymond Green is turning his biggest weakness into a strength. "That's why they're who they are". Curry is alone at No. 8 on the career playoff 3-pointers list (270), surpassing Chauncey Billups. He missed a critical 3-pointer with no one on his side of the floor that could have tied the game late, and he was understandably frustrated with himself after the game. The Jazz' first lead of the series came with 1:01 left in the second quarter, almost 119 minutes. This was because of the 22 first half points Durant dropped to keep Golden State alive. Jazz PG George Hill sat out with a sprained left big toe. They cut Golden State's lead to 31-27 when Gobert capped a 7-0 run after turning a steal by Shelvin Mack into a breakaway dunk.

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