Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kevin Durant reminded the National Basketball Association why the Warriors signed him last summer

Kevin Durant reminded the National Basketball Association why the Warriors signed him last summer

Golden State established a 2-0 lead in the series with a 115-104 victory over the Jazz on Thursday night.

The Jazz took a 50-49 lead into halftime after closing the second quarter on a 12-5 run highlighted by Rodney Hood's 3-pointer triple that gave the Jazz their first lead of the series at 48-47.

Sure, they still lost by 11 points, but they responded well to an early funk, played quite well for a good portion of the second and third quarters, and held a lead with just over six minutes remaining.

Golden State's defense was smothering.

The Warriors moved one game closer to reaching the Western Conference finals after Durant posted a second straight 30-point, 10-rebound game.

The Jazz dirtied up the game like they wanted to, forcing Green into a technical foul in the first half. Here are some trends for this game that will be important for Golden State as they continue their playoff march.

Gordon Hayward scored 29 points and dished out six assists for the Jazz. Gobert was effective on both sides of the floor, adding in 21 points and 15 rebounds.

However, this matchup was controlled by the other All-Star small forward. It was not just his scoring total that stood out, but rather how he got to that total.

Kevin Durant had his best performance of the postseason thus far in a Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz Saturday night.

Australians Joe Ingles and Dante Exum witnessed a masterful performance from Kevin Durant that has left their Utah Jazz team on the verge of elimination from the National Basketball Association playoffs. The Cavaliers rallied and went on to win Games 5, 6 and 7 led by LeBron James' heroic play.

The Warriors knew when they sent a recruiting team to the Hamptons to persuade him to join them that Durant is a game-changer. Here's everything you need to know including Golden State Warriors vs Utah Jazz Game 3 live stream with the ABC GO, Watch ABC app and more. For much of last season, the Jazz were poised to play the Warriors as the eighth seed in an ultimate David VS Goliath match up as the Jazz were up and comers and Golden State was the greatest regular season team of all time.

Oubre, 21, averaged 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds a game for the Wizards this season.

While Stephen Curry has shot the ball well, it's been Draymond Green who has dominated the series for the Warriors. Curry made just four of his 18 shots through three-quarters including a disastrous 1-of-9 mark from deep.

Warriors outscored Jazz by nine points in the final four minutes, Curry warming up late to contribute to the surge with a three-pointer that made it 89-84.

"That's why they call our league soft because they call flagrants for stuff like that", Durant said.

Gobert's recollection of the incident was, "I pushed him to get the ball and he didn't like it".

Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. Even then the Warriors would have the edge with two of the three games scheduled to take place in Golden State.

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 problem is this game was a flawless example of just how hard to take a game off the Warriors let alone a series. It's uncertain if they'll have starting point guard George Hill available after he's missed the past two games with left big toe soreness.

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