2017 NBA Playoffs: Warriors on the verge of return to the Finals with 3-0 lead

Here’s what happened on day 31 of the 2017 NBA Playoffs:

GSW 120 – SAS 108, GSW leads 3-0

With Kawhi Leonard sidelined, the San Antonio Spurs had their work cut out again for them.

They put up a good fight, but ultimately fell short, and now are one loss away from the end of their season.

The Golden State Warriors led by as much as seven points, 21-14, early in the first period. Manu Ginobili led a Spurs fightback however, which put them ahead 33-29, entering the second quarter.

Things were tied 49-all with 4:10 left before the halftime break, but that’s when Golden State got themselves going. Kevin Durant led a 12-0 run to make it 61-49, before GSW settled for a nine-point advantage at the intermission, 64-55.

The Spurs pulled within three points, 74-71, early in the third, but that was as close as they would get. A 24-9 explosion armed the Warriors with an 18-point cushion, 98-80. San Antonio’s big men made one last push to get within single digits, 102-94, two minutes into the final quarter, only for the Warriors to respond via an 11-1 blast, which essentially sealed the deal.

Kevin Durant led all scorers with 33 points on 11-of-19 shooting, to go with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block. Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had 21 and 17 markers, respectively, while JaVale McGee notched 16 markers in just 13 minutes of action.

Manu Ginobili top-scored with 21 points off the bench. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 markers on 17 shots, while Jonathon Simmons had 14 points.

Foul trouble and turnovers wrecked Golden State early on, preventing them from getting a rhythm. Curry and Draymond Green had three each in the second period, but the team managed to hang on and pull away. They also turned the ball over 21 times, which led to 25 points for the Spurs.

However, Golden State shot 54.8 percent from the field, and 40.7 percent from downtown. In contrast, San Antonio converted 44-of-93 attempts, just 5-of-21 from deep.