Instant Replay: Durant goes off in third, Warriors take 3-0 lead over Spurs

Instant Replay: Durant goes off in third, Warriors take 3-0 lead over Spurs


SAN ANTONIO -- Though it was by no means a work of art, the Warriors did enough Saturday night to take a commanding lead in the Western Conference Finals.

Shooting 54.8 percent from the field and following Kevin Durant’s lead, the Warriors posted a 120-108 win over the plucky Spurs before a sellout crowd at AT&T Center to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Warriors became only the third team to begin a postseason with 11 victories in a row.

With a victory in Game 4 on Monday, the Warriors will win the series and advance to their third consecutive NBA Finals.

All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, with Durant pouring in a game-high 33 points. Stephen Curry tossed in 21, Klay Thompson 17, JaVale McGee 16 and Draymond Green 10.

The Warriors were outrebounded 46-42 and committed a ghastly 21 turnovers -- a postseason high -- they offset those numbers by shooting so well from the field, in particular their 11-of-26 mark from 3-point distance.

Manu Ginobili topped San Antonio scorers with 21 points. LaMarcus Aldridge put in 18 and Jonathan Simmons added 14.


McGee did the heavy lifting early, when the Warriors looked ragged and sluggish, and Durant took over in the second half.

Durant’s line: 33 points (11-of-17 shooting from the field, including 3-of-5 from deep, 8-of-10 from the line), a team-high 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block. He played 38 minutes and despite seven turnovers finished plus-25.

McGee’s line: 16 points (6-of-9 from the field, 2-of-3 from the line), one rebound and one block. He played 13 minutes and finished plus-2.


Though the Warriors built double-digit leads in every quarter after the first, it wasn’t until the fourth that they created significant and lasting separation.

After the Spurs trimmed the margin to eight (103-95) on an Aldridge free throw with 9:26 remaining, the Warriors responded with a 10-0 run to go up 113-95 with 7:14 left to play.

The Spurs got no closer than 12 over the final seven-plus minutes.


Warriors: G Andre Iguodala (L knee soreness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Zaza Pachulia (R heel contusion) and F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) were listed as out.

Spurs: F Kawhi Leonard (L ankle sprain) and G Tony Parker (L quadriceps tendon rupture) were listed as out.


Game 4 is scheduled for Monday night at AT&T Center in San Antonio. Tipoff is set for 6 o’clock.

Steph Curry passes Rick Barry as Warriors' all-time leader in playoff points


Steph Curry passes Rick Barry as Warriors' all-time leader in playoff points

SAN ANTONIO -- Stephen Curry entered Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals needing three points to become the Warriors’ all-time leader in playoff scoring.

It didn’t take long for him to get them.

Curry drained a 3-pointer with 9:01 remaining in the first quarter Saturday against the Spurs to move past Rick Barry and into first place on the list.

Curry had 1,774 postseason points coming into the game; Barry retired with 1,776 as a Warrior between the ABA and NBA.

“It says the team has had a lot of success in the postseason, because he’s got to play games in order to be able to score points,” acting head coach Mike Brown said in his pregame news conference. “To know that he’s close to that record means he’s probably had a lot to do with it.

Klay Thompson entered the game sitting in third place on the franchise’s all-time list, with 1,416 points in the postseason.

Three Warriors earn 2016-17 All-NBA honors

Three Warriors earn 2016-17 All-NBA honors

The Warriors took home some hardware on Thursday.

Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were named to the All-NBA Second Team and Draymond Green made the All-NBA Third Team, the league announced.

All-NBA First Team: Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Anthony Davis.

All-NBA Second Team: Curry, Isaiah Thomas, Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert.

All-NBA Third Team: John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Draymond, Jimmy Butler, DeAndre Jordan.

Players received 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-team vote and 1 point for a third-team vote.

Voters (100 of them) selected two guards, two forwards and one center.

Curry received one first-place vote, 93 second-team votes and six third-team votes.

Durant registered three first-team votes, 66 second-team votes and 26 third-team votes.

Draymond racked up four first-team votes, 21 second-team votes and 51 third-team votes.

Harden was the only player to receive all 100 first-place votes.

LeBron and Westbrook each got 99, while Kawhi garnered 96.

Klay Thompson received 14 total points