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The Green, Warriors won the Blazers with a 3-0 win over the West finals



By Kevin Durant, Draymond Green took himself to boost the Golden State.

And boy, he is there.

Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Warriors hit the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead at the Western Conference finals.

Green has a seventh triple-double career postseason and Stephen Curry has 36 points for Golden State, who has moved from a fifth straight NBA finals trip with Game 4 set for Monday.

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

"I do not know what to say about Draymond," Kerr says. "He was a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path."

  Golden State Warriors Draymond Green (23) came in against Portland Trail Blazers in front of Meyers Leonard, in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western At the end of the conference, on Saturday in Portland, Ore. (AFP)

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard, in the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals, on Saturday in Portland, (Associated Press)

Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP that averages over 34 points in the playoffs, remains on a sore leg and his return is uncertain.

"When Kevin is not on the floor, I know I need to be more aggressive. So if it attacks the basket, which is more forcefully defending, I understand," Green said.

"When Kevin was not on the floor [Durant] I knew I needed to be more aggressive so I did not attack the basket, putting more pressure on defense, I understand."

– Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

CJ McCollum has 23 points for the Trail Blazers, led by 18 the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but struck Portland on the line, making 20 of 33 attempts.

Andre Iguodala of Golden State leaves the third quarter with a lower leg. Kerr said he would have MRI on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had nine points.

After losing 66-53 to half, the Warriors reached the third quarter comeback to lead 82-79 in the fourth. Jonas Jerebko's jumper led the 90-82 to 7:26 remaining.

Curry's 3-pointer made it 98-87 in just five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch – just like their fourth quarter-fade in Game 2.

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

No team has ever returned from a 0-3 deficit to win the playoffs. Only three series were taken in a seventh game after a team opened with a 3-0 lead.

"We'll give us our best endeavors on Monday, that's what matters," said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. "Thursday, the Blazers climbed 15 in halftime and was led by eight to four minutes remaining before the Warriors rally – powered by Kevon Looney's cascade in less than a minute remaining, and a game-sealing steal from Iguodala – for 114-111 Game 2 success.

Both teams changed their lineup for Game 3, with Portland's Meyers Leonard starting with playoffs in the center. Enes Kanter, despite the split a shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, started all past games. Leonard gave a spark and finished with a playoff career-high 16 points.

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Kerr started with Damian Jones, who did not start in December and only made two previous appearances in the playoffs. Jones, who played in just 24 regular games season due to one of ripped breast muscles, has collected three fouls at the opening of the game three minutes and head to the bank.

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

The Warriors looked up, finishing in 76-75 in Alfonzo McKinnie's basket and leading Looney's layup to cover the 10-0 run.


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