News ID: 253061
Published: 0231 GMT May 19, 2019

Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals

Green, Warriors beat Blazers for 3-0 lead in West finals
TED S. WARREN/AP
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (C) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals at the Moda Center in Portland, OR, the US, on May 18, 2019.

Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, which moved a win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals with Game 4 set for tonight, The Associated Press reported.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was one of the best games he’s seen Green play.

“I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” Kerr said.

“He was a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path.”

Kevin Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP who was averaging more than 34 points during the playoffs, remains out with a sore right calf and his return is uncertain.

“When Kevin is not on the floor, I know I have to be more aggressive. So whether that’s attacking the basket, putting more pressure on the defense, I understand that,” said Green, who has had a triple double in each of the rounds during the playoffs — all on the road.

CJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 during the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.

After trailing 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a third-quarter comeback to lead 82-79 going into the fourth. Jonas Jerebko’s jumper pushed the lead to 90-82 with 7:26 left.

Curry’s three-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up — similar to their fourth-quarter fade in Game 2.

Game 3 was the first conference finals game in Portland since 2000. The Blazers lost that series to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games.

No team has ever come back from a 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs. Only three series have gone to a seventh game after one team opened with a 3-0 lead.

“We’re going to give it our best effort on Monday. That’s all that matters,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

“We’re going to give it our best effort and whatever happen, happens.”

Kerr started Damian Jones, who hadn’t started since December and had made just two previous appearances in the playoffs. Jones, who played in just 24 games in the regular season because of a torn pectoral muscle, collected three fouls in the game’s opening three minutes and headed to the bench.

Portland was boosted by the home crowd at the start, going up by 10 points in the first quarter. Seth Curry’s jumper made it 60-42 with 2:28 left until halftime.

The Warriors roared back, closing within 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie’s basket and pulling ahead on Looney’s layup to cap a 10-0 run. Golden State outscored the Blazers 22-6 to close out the third quarter.

 

   
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