Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead in series

Kevin Durant's brilliance in this game took some of the sting out of two awful performances from Golden State's All-NBA backcourt. The Jazz almost beat the Warriors twice at home in the 2015-16 season, falling in heartbreaking fashion in the final seconds of regulation on November 30, 2015, and in overtime on March 30, 2016.

If Kevin Durant had not gone insane from mid-range (the exact type of shot that any team should be happy to surrender to the Warriors), then this game probably would have swung Utah's way. That max salary, mind you, also allowed Golden State to have the opportunity to put together the super-team that included Durant. Durant scored 26 of his 38 points against those two. With JaVale rolling off screens and roaming the weak-side for lobs, Gobert again was forced away from the front of the rim, giving the Warriors more clean looks.

Golden State are at their best when the ball moves crisply around the court and player movement is active. When Curry enters the game with six minutes left in the fourth quarter after enjoying his usual rest, the Jazz just don't have the talent to keep a lid on the Warriors' offense. But it would be hard to see the Warriors having such a gaudy record and being so unstoppable with so many league-average (or worse) players, though. He was also active on defense, helping the Warriors hold Utah to 41 second-half points.

Utah stayed in the game for much of the evening, unlike the first two matches with Golden State. He won this game for them against a terrific defensive team.

Durant had not played four full games in a row since February. While they might drop Game 4 in Utah, the Jazz had every chance to win in Game 3 but were not able to capitalize. Look for the Warriors to get up by double digits early and cruise to another victory, covering at online gambling sites and completing the sweep.

Although the Warriors got off to another fast start, leading by 10 after the first quarter, the Jazz, fueled by a standout performance from French center Rudy Gobert, responded.

The Jazz built that halftime lead to nine in the third quarter, but Curry began to warm up and Golden State closed the quarter on a 19-8 stretch to take a 72-70 lead. We're still getting to know Kevin Durant, the Warrior - trusting his teammates and trusted by them; still playing transcendent basketball, but never holding himself above his team.

"That's the story of the game", Durant said. There's been a lot of talk about switches and gears coming out of Cleveland this time of year; the Warriors deservedly don't get that chat as often, in large part because their baseline play is just so much higher than the Cavs', but Saturday night showed us that this team can still turn on the juice to another level when it's (rarely) needed.

The Jazz continue to struggle from three, shooting 7/22 (31%) and couldn't seem to hit shots when it mattered most. On Saturday night, he missed all three of his treys. Now he must decide how to approach Game 4 as his team trails Boston 2-1 in the second-round series. "At least we want to get a shot up..."

"KD (Durant) had a big night offensively". Golden State's Splash Brothers duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 7-of-29 from the field, while Draymond Green's outside shot crashed back down to Earth as he went 0-of-3 from long range.

It's those times when the stakes are high and Warriors need someone else's back to board. Shut down one component of Golden State's offense and another component instantly kicks into overdrive.