Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry love the word kerfuffle

Warriors stars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry love the word kerfuffle

The Jazz dirtied up the game like they wanted to, forcing Green into a technical foul in the first half which ignited a 17-4 run in favour of Utah. The Jazz will need another good performance from him to try to match the Warriors' firepower. And.

The Warriors defeated the Jazz 102-91 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena, surviving their first tough test of a one-sided, second-round series thanks to a breakthrough night from Durant. Hayward and Gobert have played well the past two games, but Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have regressed from a strong first round against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Interim head coach Mike Brown also credited the communication between players, led by Green, for their defensive prowess. KD is seven feet tall.

And James is making it look easy - 34.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game so far in these playoffs, on 57 percent shooting.

The Utah Jazz battled hard, led 50-49 at the half and were up 79-78 with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter. It hasn't been a factor up to this point, and probably won't be in Game 3, which Golden State enters as five-point favorites, via OddsShark. Defensively, the Jazz really did a nice job of keeping Curry, Thompson and Green quiet for most of the game, but there was just no slowing down Durant. Even though they've had to fight for it, they have managed two relatively comfortable wins at home through Games 1 and 2.

"The other thing is rebounding". Hayward was great! He scored 29 points on 18 shots, adding six assists when the defense collapsed.

Durant was unstoppable down the stretch, and he finished with 38 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 15-for-26.

That wasn't any coaching decision, that was Curry's on-the-fly improvisation and his sense of the moment. I didn't mind if we just moved on with the play.

Utah held a lead in the fourth despite starting the game by shooting 28.6 percent in the first quarter. Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 3-of-13 from the floor for nine points. There wasn't much Utah could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s. During the second quarter, ABC provided a graphic that showed the Warriors had lead for over 108 minutes, Utah lead for 0, and the game was tied for 3:44 for the entire series up to that point.

With two minutes to go in the first half, Green picked up his third personal foul, much to his dismay.

The Jazz controlled the pace in the second and third quarters, even taking a nine-point lead at 62-53 with less than eight minutes remaining in the third quarter. And between the five minute and one minute mark, Golden State unleashed a 14-2 run.

The Jazz had the crowd behind them and had all the hustle plays go their way. "That's why they are who they are".

The game's final act belonged to Durant, though, who appeared to relish his opportunity to play closer on the road.

It was Stephen Curry in the final two games of the first round, totaling 71 points to secure a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Celtics at Wizards, 6:30 p.m. ET, TNT (Boston leads series 2-1) - If you thought the Warriors-Jazz game got chippy late, just wait until Sunday.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Golden State defense.

George Hill sat out Game 2 for the Jazz with lingering soreness in his left big toe. Utah hoped the extra rest would have him ready for Game 3, but he didn't progress enough. "There are situations in the game where he lands on it and pushes off and it just aggravates it".

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