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Draymond Green triple-double helps Golden State Warriors to comeback win over Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of Western Conference Finals

Sunday 19 May 2019 14:10, UK

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Meyers Leonard #11 of the Portland Trail Blazers in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. 3:20
Highlights from Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals series between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors

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.

Game leaders

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

Playoff Picture: How things stand

Playoff Picture: How things stand

How are the Conference Finals unfolding?

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.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against Maurice Harkless #4 of the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
Image: Draymond Green recorded his seventh postseason triple-double for the Warriors

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.

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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.

Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon
Image: Stephen Curry continued to pick up the scoring slack in the absence of Kevin Durant

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.

Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers battles for the ball with Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half in game three of the NBA Western Conference Finals at Moda Center on May 18, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.
Image: Damian Lillard struggled once more for the Blazers with just 19 points on 5-18 shooting

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.

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