N.B.A. Playoffs: Warriors Rally to Put Trail Blazers on the Brink

N.B.A. Playoffs: Warriors Rally to Put Trail Blazers on the Brink

PORTLAND, Ore. — Draymond Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied to beat the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-99, on Saturday night for a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Green had his seventh career postseason triple-double and Stephen Curry scored 36 points for Golden State, which moved a win from a fifth straight trip to the N.B.A. finals. Game 4 is set for Monday in Portland.

Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said it was one of the best games he had seen Green play.

“He was a wrecking ball, destroying everything in his path,” Kerr said.

C. J. McCollum had 23 points for the Trail Blazers, who led by 18 points in the second quarter. Damian Lillard added 19 points, but Portland was hurt at the free-throw line, making just 20 of 33 attempts.

Golden State’s Andre Iguodala left in the third quarter with a sore lower leg. Kerr said Iguodala would have an magnetic resonance imaging test on Sunday. Iguodala played 17 minutes and had 9 points.

After trailing by 66-53 at the half, the Warriors mounted a third-quarter comeback to lead, 82-79, going into the fourth. Jonas Jerebko’s jumper pushed the lead to 90-82 with 7 minutes 26 seconds left.

Curry’s 3-pointer made it 98-87 with a little less than 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 a 3-0 deficit to win in the N.B.A. playoffs. Only three series have gone to a seventh game after one team opened with a 3-0 lead.

“We’re going to give it our best effort on Monday,” Blazers Coach Terry Stotts said, adding that “whatever happen, happens.”

On Thursday, the Blazers were ahead by 15 at halftime and led by 8 with four and a half minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney’s dunk with less than a minute left, and a game-sealing steal from Iguodala — for a 114-111 Game 2 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.

Kerr started Damian Jones for the first time since December and after just two previous appearances in these 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 he is unlikely to return during the conference finals. Durant, the two-time-reigning N.B.A. finals Most Valuable Player, is still out with a right calf injury and is not set to be re-examined until next week.

Durant, who did not travel with the team to Portland, averaged 34.2 points in the playoffs before he was injured in the third quarter of a Game 5 victory in their series with Houston.

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