• Jazz fall prey to Durant breakout in Game 3

It allowed Utah to take a 50-59 lead into halftime and Utah built a nine-point lead in the third quarter.

But the Warriors are a clearly superior team, and for them the Jazz are another stepping stone on the road to what they hope is a second National Basketball Association championship in three years. Inherently, they accrued more team fouls as a result, but the strategy proved effective in curtailing Golden State's transition offense by taking away some of those high-probability attempts when the defense wasn't set. The Warriors have won a franchise-best seven straight postseason games to this point. The Warriors were able to match the defensive intensity of Utah, holding the Jazz to 39 percent from the floor, and 31.8 percent from deep. Rudy Gobert played a phenomenal game as well, scoring 21 points and corralling 15 rebounds, in addition to 4 assists and 2 blocks.

However, this matchup was controlled by the other All-Star small forward.

The best from the "Golden State" became the Kevin Durant - the former leader of the Oklahoma scored 38 points and gathered 13 rebounds. As the broadcast pointed out, this is only the eighth game Durant has played in the last two months.

Utah started slowly, but gradually gathered momentum.

The Warriors knew when they sent a recruiting team to the Hamptons to persuade him to join them that Durant is a game-changer. Their status has never changed since the day Kevin Durant announced his intention to join an already-dominant group: favorites, possibly big ones, and possibly one of the most loaded rosters of all time. In Game 3 on Saturday, Thompson went 1-for-9 from the field (0-for-4 from three-point range). Behind a big night from Steph Curry, the Warriors close out the sweep and beat the Jazz 111-98. "I made a few shots there". Part of that is due to Golden State's ability to get off to good starts, but more so, it's a reflection of the pick-your-poison quandary that they've posed to the Jazz. The over/under total for Game 3 is listed at 207.5 points.

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. He also deserves a lot of credit for not turning the ball over once all night.

The Warriors haven't covered in this series yet, but I think they will tonight.

After struggling in Game 1, Rudy Gobert has put together two solid performances.

UTAH (91) - Ingles 4-6 0-0 10, Hayward 7-18 13-14 29, Diaw 5-12 0-0 10, Gobert 7-8 7-15 21, Mack 3-11 4-5 11, Johnson 3-12 0-0 7, Favors 0-1 0-0 0, Neto 0-0 0-0 0, Exum 0-1 0-0 0, Hood 1-8 0-0 3. And Utah is still not fully healthy, as George Hill missed Games 2 and 3 with his lingering toe injury flaring up.

At their best, the Golden State Warriors are a free-flowing, ball-skipping machine that dissects defences in search of the most optimal shot.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first quarter, but the Jazz fans stayed with the team despite the Warriors being 10 points ahead to end the quarter. The Warriors hit back to back threes (one from Curry and one from Durant) to increase the lead to 8 with about three minutes left.

Game 4 is Monday night in Utah.

Both sides continued to trade the lead back and forth in the fourth quarter until the Warriors caught fire down the stretch.

That being said, this Game 3 was representative of everything that the Jazz would have to hope for if they wanted to take a game from Golden State.

Durant's only played eight games since returning from that sprain, but he looks back at MVP form already.