Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Warriors, Rockets reach brink of West final

Kevin Durant scored 38 points to power the reigning National Basketball Association champion Warriors over the New Orleans Pelicans 118-92 and Chris Paul finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds as the Rockets defeated the Utah Jazz 100-87.

The Warriors took a 3-1 lead over the Pelicans with the win, and the series now shifts back to Oakland.

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday believes Kevin Durant was the difference-maker in the game, as he's nearly unstoppable on the offensive ends of the floor. Curry scored 23, Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.

Though Anthony Davis had 26 points, he only shot 8-of-22 from the field while the Pelicans shot 36.4 percent overall.

Kevin Durant's 38 points pushes the Golden State Warriors on the brink of returning to the Western Conference finals. A 10-2 Warriors run to start the third quarter put New Orleans back in a double-digit hole, and they were never close to recovering. Green, for his part, spoke at the post-match press conference saying that he hopes Polk "gets the help he needs". Rajon Rondo finished with 11 rebounds but had only six assists after racking up 21 in Game 3. The home side rallied in the second period, however, and were down by just four points at half-time. Instead, Kerr made Gentry's prediction eventually come right on Sunday.

Houston contested every single shot on the night and forced a lot of missed lay-ups from the Jazz as well.

Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic scored seven points on one-of-seven shooting. In theory, if you're making your own shots, you can at least challenge the Warriors no matter how many 2s they're making. Again, the key to keeping up with a 2-point heavy Warriors attack is countering with your own triples to shrink the gap. "It's kind of sad someone would take this that serious", Green said. But you play against that lineup the majority of the game anyway.

"There's a good chance I'll start these same five guys on Tuesday".

Alas, Game 3 appeared to be more about poor Warriors' effort than a sign of a long series.

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