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Golden State's win in Utah came in spite of a dismal night from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, who had their worst combined field goal percentage in a postseason game all-time. In the previous two instances in which a team won at least its first six postseason games the year after losing a Game 7 in the NBA Finals, both teams went on to win the NBA title. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant helped the Golden State Warriors pull away late in Saturday's 102-91 Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz, combining to score the team's last 22 points with 11 apiece. According to ESPN Stats and Info, Saturday was the first time all season both Curry and Durant have scored double figures during the fourth quarter. Rudy Gobert allowed 29 points as a primary Ryan Murray Authentic Jersey defender Saturday, 13 more than any other Jazz player. Kevin Durant was 5-of-8 for 12 points when defended by Gobert, after attempting just five shots against Gobert over the first 2 games of the series and making two. Durant had 38 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not travel with the team as he continues to deal with back issues. He was at Duke University on Friday seeing a specialist and owner Joe Lacob told Bloomberg Radio that Ker had a "spinal cord leak" procedure on his back. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 7 for 29 from the field and 3 for 15 from 3-point range, leaving Durant to lead the Warriors. The Jazz led 75-74 early in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors went on a 10-4 run and never trailed again. Curry and Durant hit back to back 3ss to give Golden State a 92-84 lead with 3:04 left. "I'm going to try to say this as humble as I can, but I've been doing this for so long," Durant said, "and every time I get out the bed and we have a game that day, I feel like I can go out there and score. It's the other things that I try to do -- defensively, helping my teammates, get them open shots, moving, setting screens. "Scoring and stuff is not easy, but Tobias Harris Youth Jersey it's what I do the best. When I try to do the other things ... I feel like it opens up my scoring a little bit more." Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Gordon Hayward led Utah with 29 points. Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 15 rebounds. Game 4 is Monday night in Utah. "Myself and the other 19,000 people in the arena and everybody watching on TV saw the same thing I saw," Curry said. "It's an easy decision to at that moment (to defer to Durant late). Try to set a screen for him and get him to the right spot and, obviously, he does the rest. "We're smart enough basketball players to know what's going on at that moment and try to make the right decision and let a talented scorer like he is ... let him do what he does." SALT LAKE CITY -- The Golden State Warriors gave another big example why they signed Kevin Durant during the offseason, and why others around the NBA were dismayed with the addition. The Jazz played their best game of the series and kept three All-Stars in relative check, but the former MVP put on a show. "That's one of the reasons http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com why we welcomed him here," Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said. "It's tough to try to control a guy who's 7 feet that can play out on the perimeter and have the ball. Especially when he's as good as he is in the pick-and-roll game." The Warriors got out to a quick start, again, and led by 10 after the first quarter. Utah survived the first-half onslaught by Durant, who had 22 points and six rebounds at the break. There wasn't much the Jazz could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s. Golden State, however, didn't get much help otherwise and Draymond Green dealt with foul trouble. The Jazz took a 50-49 lead into halftime after closing the second quarter on a 12-5 run highlighted by Rodney Hood's 3-pointer triple that gave the Jazz their first lead of the series at 48-47. Green picked up a technical arguing from the bench late in the second quarter after being whistled for his third foul of the half. As the crowd roared, he gave a 2-0 hand gesture to indicate the series record. The Jazz led by nine in the third quarter, but Curry began to warm up and hit his first 3-pointer of the game on a pull-up in transition. Golden State closed the quarter on a 19-8 stretch to take a 72-70 lead. "You look at two of the best players in the game and you say they made some unbelievable shots that were timely," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "That's why they're who they are." Utah continued http://www.officialpistonstore.com/Tracy_Mcgrady_Jersey to have slow starts and shot just 28.6 percent and trailed by 10 at the end of the first quarter. ... The Jazz' first lead of the series came with 1:01 left in the second quarter, nearly 119 minutes. ... Golden State was held under 106 points for the first time this postseason. Jazz starting point guard George Hill missed his second consecutive game with a big toe injury. Utah hoped the extra rest would have him ready for Game 3, but he didn't progress enough. Shelvin Mack started in his place. Andre Iguodala played his 100th playoff game. ... Curry is alone at No. 8 on the career playoff 3-pointers list (270), surpassing Chauncey Billups. He has hit at least one 3 in all 65 playoff games he's played. "It is really just a question of his effectiveness," Snyder said. "There are situations in the game where he lands on it and pushes off and it just aggravates it. It aggravates it to a point where he's just not able to be effective." Durant posted a game-high 38 points to go along with 13 rebounds. Curry registered 23 points on a subpar 6-of-20 shooting night. But Curry and Durant each contributed 11 points in the final quarter, marking the first time that both reached double figures in the fourth quarter of the same game as teammates. "When [Durant] started getting going early, I felt like it could be a big night for him, and it was," acting head coach Mike Brown said. Durant is the first Warriors http://www.officialbluejacketsproshop.com/Matt_Calvert_Jersey player with 25 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive playoff games since Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond in 1972. Kevin Durant's 38 points and 13 rebounds have the Warriors one win away from eliminating the Jazz. Utah stayed in the game for much of the evening, unlike the first two matches with Golden State. However, down the stretch, back-to-back 3-pointers by Curry and Durant with three minutes left gave the Warriors an out-of-reach eight-point advantage. With the Warriors going away from their ball-movement offense and resorting to isolation sets, it contributed mightily to why the Jazz were able to hang around. Golden State produced a postseason-low 17 assists. Its lowest total prior to Saturday was 25. But the Warriors also had only seven turnovers, with none in the second half.