Golden State now has a commanding series lead.
In what was the best game of the series for the Utah Jazz where all the starters scored in double digits they still couldn’t overcome the monster that is Kevin Durant.
The former MVP notched a double-double scoring 38 points and 13 rebounds leading the Golden State Warriors to a 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz in game 3 Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
“That’s one of the reasons why we welcomed him here,” Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said. “It’s tough to try to control a guy who’s 7 feet that can play out on the perimeter and have the ball. Especially when he’s as good as he is in the pick-and-roll game.”
“I’m going to try to say this as humble as I can, but I’ve been doing this for so long,” Durant said, “and every time I get out the bed and we have a game that day, I feel like I can go out there and score. It’s the other things that I try to do — defensively, helping my teammates, get them open shots, moving, setting screens.
“Scoring and stuff is not easy, but it’s what I do the best. When I try to do the other things … I feel like it opens up my scoring a little bit more.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr still dealing with debilitating back issues was at Duke University Friday seeing a specialist and did not travel with the team, Warriors owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg Radio he was having a “spinal cord leak” done.
The Jazz led 75-74 early in the fourth quarter but a 10-4 run capitalized by 3’s from Durant and Steph Curry, killing any hope of a Utah comeback.
“You look at two of the best players in the game and you say they made some unbelievable shots that were timely,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “That’s why they’re who they are.”
Game 4 is Monday night in Utah in a win or go home situation for the Jazz.