For the second straight game the San Antonio Spurs were without their All-Star Forward Kawhi Leonard. An ankle injury that seems to be serve enough where Leonard cannot play has kept the Spurs at a disadvantage for most of the series. A 120-108 victory put the Warriors up 3-0 in the Western Conference Series.
The Spurs would lead momentarily in the second quarter by as much as six points but not before the Warriors would finish the first-half up by nine points. The biggest Warrior lead would be 18 as the Spurs played a more competitive game than game two. Kevin Durant’s 19-point third quarter helped the Warriors create separation and never look back on their lead. Durant finished the game with 33 points and 10 rebounds.
”I feel I can make every shot I shoot because I shoot good ones and I try to get to my spot,” Durant said. ”So, when they called my number, I just tried to go out there and be aggressive.”
Stephen Curry scored 21 points and which helped him become the franchise leader in postseason points, passing Hall of Famer Rick Barry.
The Warriors also received extra help from Klay Thompson who scored 17 points, and Javale McGee finished with 16 points, in which 11 came in the first quarter for the Warriors.
David Lee was fouled on a lay-up late in the first quarter and came down without applying pressure to one of his knees. He was later in a wheelchair being taken to the locker room for further examination. Lee’s status for game four is uncertain.
LaMarcus Alridge finished with 18 points and five rebounds for the Spurs. Manu Ginobili lead the way for Sa Antonio with 21 points on 7of-9 shooting.
The Warriors will try to sweep their third straight series this postseason on Monday night. Tip-off is at 9 PM EST on ESPN.