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



With Kevin Durant out, Draymond Green has taken on Golden State.

And boy, has he.

Green has 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the 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 away from a fifth

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was one of the best games he's seen in Green play. [19659003] "I do not even know what to say about Draymond," Kerr said.

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

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

Durant, the two-time NBA Finals MVP who was averaging more than 34 points during the playoffs,

"When Kevin is not on the floor, I know I've got that, "Green said.

" When Kevin [Durant] is not on the floor, I know to have more aggressive More aggressive. "

– Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

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

Golden State's Andre Iguodala left in the third quarter with a lower leg. Kerr said he will have MRI on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had nine points.

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 3-pointers made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up 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 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs.

"It's all that matters," said Blazers coach Terry Stotts said.

On Thursday, the Blazers were rallied up at half-time and led by eight with 4½ minutes left before the warriors – boosted by Kevon Looney's dunk with steal from Iguodala – for a 114-111 Game 2 victory.

Both teams switched to their lineups for Game 3, with Portland's Meyers Leonard making his first start at the playoffs at center , Enes Kanter, despite sustaining a split shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, launches in all the previous games.

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Kerr launches Damian Jones, who had not 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 in 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie's basket and pulling ahead on Looney's layup to cap a 10-0 run.


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