Golden State Takes 3-0 Series Lead Over Blazers Despite Inspiring Game

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jusuf Nurkic will start for the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their playoff series against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night.

DeMar DeRozan, held scoreless from the floor a game earlier, struck for 33 points and nine rebounds to lead Toronto over Milwaukee 87-76 in an National Basketball Association playoff game Saturday. Assistant Mike Brown filled the coaching role for the Warriors. "But the beat goes on". The Oklahoma City Thunder once boasted a roster with Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook, but their trophy cabinet still remains without any Larry O'Brian trophies-minus the Seattle SuperSonics years, of course.

He suffered a left calf strain while scoring 32 points in the Warriors' game-one win.

To have any hope of upsetting the Warriors in their first-round playoff series, this was a game the Blazers had to win.

They have not yet been tested, so Durant could get another game of rest to preserve his strength for the remainder of the playoffs.

Game 4 is Monday night in Atlanta.

The 51-year-old Kerr still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship. Crunch-time, which has been a surprisingly rocky situation for the Warriors this season, would decide if this would be a series or if Golden State was one step away from a sweep.

The Warriors were 15-4 without Durant in the regular season, including a 14-game win streak in March and April. He missed 43 games last season while recovering from back problems.

Golden State was without forward Kevin Durant (calf injury), guard Shaun Livingston (finger) and forward Matt Barnes (ankle).

Andre Iguodala scored 16 while fellow reserve JaVale McGee added 14 points.

"Making them feel us a little bit".

Brown has a reputation as a defensive guru, though it didn't show during a 67-point first half for the Blazers.

The Golden State Warriors had a comeback for the ages tonight as they overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat the Portland Trailblazers 119-113. Portland played about as well as they could have.

The visiting Raptors pulled level with Milwaukee at 2-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series, which continues Monday in Toronto. It's not like Curry, Green and Thompson haven't won games as a trio before without Kerr.

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