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

Just for a second, everyone thought that the Jazz might actually win a game in this series.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Golden State Warriors' offense - led by former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant - has overwhelmed the Utah Jazz for a 3-0 lead in the second-round Western Conference playoff series.

This is what the Golden State Warriors signed up for.

Curry added 23 points on 6-of-20 shooting for Golden State, which has won 22 of its last 23 games. He's that good on everyone.

They're not selfish - quite the opposite, in fact.

"You think you're open and not only are you contested, but he blocks it". They cover for each other so well. This is what they dreamed Durant would be able to do. Draymond Green had nine points, and Klay Thompson had a whole six. But, the Warriors found their rhythm and came back to round things off and win with nine points, thanks to a stunning performance by Kevin Durant who had 38 points in the night.

After being up double digits early, the Warriors went cold and allowed the Jazz to battle their way back into the game.

Interim head coach Mike Brown also credited the communication between players, led by Green, for their defensive prowess.

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The game's final act belonged to Durant, though, who appeared to relish his opportunity to play closer on the road. "You try to make everything hard". We can switch some stuff and guard big, so that helps us out as well.

The Warriors will go for the sweep on Monday night in Utah. The franchise is looking to build off its best campaign in seven years - with at least one more win this season, and with championship aspirations going forward - and the themes are similar in both cases.

The Raptors trail the series 3-0. The trio of Curry, Durant and Green has been too much for the Jazz.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors' efficiency.

After an incredibly exhilarating first round against the Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz fans were hungry for more great basketball in the second round against the Golden State Warriors. They were getting it done on defense, holding the Dubs to 41% shooting through the first three quarters.

Golden State's ability to shift the offensive strategy wouldn't be possible if not for Curry's willingness to slide into more of a sidekick role, which he did in the fourth quarter as Durant accumulated a usage percentage of 43.5, compared to Curry's 31.8.

The violation, which brought Oubre a flagrant foul and ejection, took place with 2:48 into the second quarter of Washington's 116-89 home victory over the Celtics on Thursday.

The Jazz could also be without starting point guard George Hill again with a bum toe; meanwhile, there are serious signs that playoff hero Joe Johnson is beginning to wear (seven points in Game 3). Snyder said his status hasn't changed and he'll likely be a game-time decision for Game 4. He's a matchup nightmare and the Jazz let it happen while they focused on taking away Curry and Thompson. In addition, the Jazz need to find a source of consistent offense outside of Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert.

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