Highlights of Saturday's National Basketball Association games

Kerr stayed at the team hotel as his squad beat Portland 119-113 Saturday night in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead.

Steve Kerr won't coach the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of their playoff series Saturday night because of an illness.

The Warriors needed everybody on their bench during Durant's recent 19-game absence, and again Wednesday night in a commanding playoff victory against the Trail Blazers as KD sat out with a strained calf.

How bad was the Blazers' offense in Game 2 against the Warriors?

Coach Terry Stotts called on his team to be more balanced to have a chance against top-seeded Golden State, which finished with the NBA's best record for a third straight season.

For Durant, it's been a trying stretch since he went down with a left knee injury February 28 at Washington that cost him 19 games before he returned for the final three contests of the regular season.

Pacers: George had 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists, and Lance Stephenson added eight points and five rebounds in the first two quarters. He only scored seven first half points and missed both of his 3s.

The Warriors hold a 2-0 advantage in the series.

Kyle Lowry had 14 of his 18 points in the second half for the Raptors, who turned up their intensity before a hostile road crowd after getting embarrassed in a 27-point loss to Milwaukee in Game 3.

In his last 10 games of the regular season, he averaged almost 12 points but he missed Portland's three final regular-season games with left foot soreness after an MRI revealed inflammation.

The Golden State Warriors might not actually need any players and they could still win.

Golden State finished atop the conference this season with the best overall record in the National Basketball Association (67-15).

The Blazers owned the first half and led 67-54 at the half. The Warriors won 121-109. Lillard has 15 playoff games with 25-plus, second-most in franchise history to Clyde Drexler with 29.

"I think what happens is you tend to overlook the importance of Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West", Timberwolves Coach Tom Thibodeau said. But we felt like the way the game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. The Portland Trailblazers were feeding off the energy in the Moda Center.

  • Julie Sanders