Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists as the Golden State Warriors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
Portland Trail Blazers
- Points: CJ McCollum - 23
- Assists: Damian Lillard - 6
- Rebounds: Zach Collins - 8
Golden State Warriors
- Points: Stephen Curry - 36
- Assists: Draymond Green - 12
- Rebounds: Draymond Green - 13
Warriors lead series 3-0
Golden State Warriors 3-0 Portland Trail Blazers
- Game 1: Trail Blazers 94-116 Warriors | Report | Box score
- Game 2: Trail Blazers 111-114 Warriors | Report | Box score
- Game 3: Warriors 110-99 Blazers | Box score
- Game 4: Warriors @ Trail Blazers, May 21, 2am
- Game 5 if necessary: Trail Blazers @ Warriors, May 23, 2am
- Game 6 if necessary: Warriors @ Trail Blazers, May 25, 2am
- Game 7 if necessary: Trail Blazers @ Warriors, May 27, 2am
- All games broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena
Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, who moved a win away from a fifth straight trip to the NBA finals with Game 4 set for Monday night.
CJ McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 points in the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland struggled at the free-throw line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.
After trailing 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a trademark 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 three-pointer made it 98-87 with just under five minutes to go, and Portland struggled to catch up similar to their fourth-quarter fade 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 an 0-3 deficit to win in the playoffs. Only three series have gone to a seventh game after one team opened with a 3-0 lead.
On Thursday in Game 2, the Blazers were up 15 at halftime and led by eight with four minutes left before the Warriors rallied for a 114-111 victory.
Both teams switched up their lineups for Game 3, with Portland's Meyers Leonard making his first start of the playoffs at center. Enes Kanter, despite sustaining a separated shoulder in the first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, started in all the previous games. Leonard provided a spark and finished with a career playoff-high 16 points.
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Warriors coach Steve Kerr inserted Damian Jones, who hadn't 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.
The Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, and it's unlikely he'll return during the conference finals. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP is still out with a right calf injury and isn't set to be re-examined until next week.
Durant, who didn't travel with the team to Portland, averaged 34.2 points in the playoffs before he was injured in the third quarter of Golden State's Game 5 victory over Houston.
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 half time.
The Warriors roared back, closing within 76-75 on Alfonzo McKinnie's basket and pulling ahead on Looney's layup to cap a 10-0 run.
Game 4 takes place in Portland in the early hours of Tuesday morning live on Sky Sports Arena.