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Warriors take 3-0 series lead over Blazers with 119-113 win

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Montrelle Montesinos | 23 Abril, 2017, 20:48

"You might need to force the issue". Franchise player Stephen Curry gave a clutch performance in the fourth-quarter, scoring 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to spark the comeback. Warriors had success in the second half blitzing the ball handler and forcing them into tough turnovers, and the Blazers began to settle for what the defense was giving, mainly Aminu jumpers. The reigning NBA Coach of the Year missed the team's morning shootaround.

The Spurs made all 17 of their free throws, a tremendous improvement from Game 3 when they were 16 of 28 from the line.

CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 32 points, while Damian Lillard added 31.

Before the series, Nurkić told reporters, "if it was up to me I'd play right now". "But I'm sure a lot of you guys know I'm not one to quit and I'm very optimistic". Still, it was an improvement over Game 1, when Portland's backups had a combined nine points in a 121-109 Warriors win. A 7-footer known as the Bosnian Beast, Nurkic finished with two points and 11 rebounds. Lillard and McCollum are much more likely to have a big game at home tonight in Game 3 and I think this is the game that the Blazers make their strongest push to win.

Durant is recovering from a left calf strain he suffered in Game 1. Soon, the Warriors led by 4, and Portland had 6 minutes to save their season.

Curry stepped into and planted the dagger 3 to put the Warriors up seven with 49 seconds left.

The Warriors went on a 21-3 run to pull in front 85-83, capped by a pair of baskets from Iguodala and Draymond Green.

The Blazers the Warriors 88-87 at the end of the quarter, but the momentum had clearly shifted toward the defending conference champions.

Kevin Durant has missed the last two games of the team's first-round series, but the Mercury News suggests Kerr's absence is a bigger threat to Golden State's championship aspirations.

The Warriors, lazy and late to get back in transition on the play, looked ready to concede Game 3 and round up the sidelined cavalry for a huge Game 4.

"I definitely wanted to play", Nuckic said before the game. "We'll see how he does". Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes also could return.

The series victor faces a second-round matchup against either defending National Basketball Association champion the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Indiana Pacers.

The Dubs secured a 119-113 win at the Moda Center to leave them on the brink of setting up a clash with either the Los Angeles Clippers or Utah Jazz. Turner was handed an unsportsmanlike conduct technical.

Nurkic became the first Trail Blazer to average 15-plus points and 10-plus rebounds in his first 20 games with the team since Mychal Thompson in 1978.