Steph Curry and Kevin Durant scored the final 22 buckets of the 102-91 win that put Golden State up 3-0 and on the verge of a Western Conference semifinal sweep heading into Monday's potentially decisive Game 4 at 7 p.m. MDT (TNT). With Warriors superstar Kevin Durant and Jazz's very own Rudy Gobert back at full health, the Game 2 of has ultimately swayed in the favor of the Golden State. With Curry struggling (despite the hot finish, he still closed 6-of-20 shooting) and Klay Thompson remaining way off (1-of-9 shooting), Durant shouldered the offensive load.
Jennings and Rozier were both ejected in the fourth quarter after each received a second technical, and both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Wizards coach Scott Brooks were whistled for technicals.
Saturday nights game against the Utah Jazz was the flawless example.
Golden State has not yet lost a game in these playoffs, first sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round and now being one win away from breaking out the brooms in Utah. Golden State had just 17.
The Warriors matched their postseason low with only seven turnovers and had none after half-time.
"We have multiple defenders that can guard multiple positions", Durant said. "I think that's what we saw (Saturday) night".
Draymond Green returned to start the second quarter and the Jazz claimed the first points with a Joe Johnson three. On his way to the bench, a heckling section of fans caught his attention. Besides the tussle with Rudy Gobert on the floor, Durant proved that when he plays angry, there aren't many players that are going to be able to stop him.
"They made some unbelievable shots that were timely", Quin Snyder said.
"I expect it to be a hostile environment", Green said. Hood continues to play through a knee injury, but he has elite scoring ability and the Jazz need that now. It was their first lead of the series. The Jazz eventually took a 50-49 lead by halftime.
KEEP AN EYE ON: The Golden State defense. The next closest was reserve Andre Iguodala who had six of his 11 points in the first half. At one point, Durant had 27 points and no other Warrior had more than seven. He was aggressive in the first quarter, taking 10 shots and scoring 13 points. "It seems like it's been a while since we've been home", Hayward told reporters.
It was tight the rest of the way as the Warriors emerged with a two point lead after three, and then took over in the mid fourth quarter. "We're smart enough basketball players and know what's going on at that moment, and just try to make the right decision, and let a talented scorer like he is, like he said the way he approaches the game, let (him) do what he does".
Cleveland defeated the Warriors in Game 7 of the finals, winning the NBA Title. "He and I talk a couple times a day".
Shelvin Mack started in place of Hill in Game 2, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Utah roared back in the second, getting points in transition, playing tough defense, and making jumpers (imagine that!). Durant scored 26 of his 38 points against those two. The two squared up on one another and had to be separated.