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Durant leads Warriors to 3-0 lead over mourning Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Playing basketball seemed trivial to the Spurs following the death of Erin Popovich.

They competed as best they could Thursday night. It just wasn't enough against Golden State, again.

Kevin Durant had 26 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Warriors beat San Antonio 110-97 for a 3-0 series lead over the Spurs, who were still reeling from the death of Gregg Popovich's wife.

''It was a perfect setup for a letdown,'' Golden State forward Draymond Green said. ''I don't say that to be insensitive at all to the situation. We all take this basketball stuff serious and we want to win, but when you start talking life and death, a game doesn't matter. But yet we still wanted to come out and try to win the game.''

The Warriors can close the first-round series with a win Sunday afternoon in San Antonio in Game 4.

''It's hard to think about that for me, personally, right now because there is other stuff bigger than basketball,'' Spurs veteran Tony Parker said.

The Spurs were playing a day after the death of Erin Popovich, who passed away after battling an undisclosed long-term illness. Erin and Gregg Popovich were married four decades and have two children and two grandchildren.

San Antonio did not air a video tribute or hold a moment of silence for Erin in an apparent attempt to make the game as routine as possible for its players, but that was impossible.

Coach Popovich was not in his customary position roaming the sidelines, choosing instead to be with his family. San Antonio assistant Ettore Messina coached the team in Popovich's place.

''We are all hurting,'' Spurs veteran Manu Ginobili said after the morning shootaround. ''We want to be next to Pop, we want to support him, but we've got to go out there and compete today. But, for sure, we are toiling. It's not an easy day to be here.''

Ginobili and Parker said it was tough to play basketball following Erin's passing, but the team's goal was to compete and play with the grit Popovich has always demanded of them.

Parker, who said Erin and Gregg were a mother and father to him when he entered the league as a 19-year-old, lived up to those wishes. Parker, who averaged 2.0 points in the first two games, finished with 16 points in 17 minutes.

LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

The Spurs had an emotional start, but could not sustain it against the talented Warriors.

''This was about what I expected,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''First half they were getting after us like they did in Game 2 and we stayed with it, we had some bursts. The whole point is take care of the ball and defend over 48 minutes and things should work out.''

Already on the edge of their seats for the first home game of the playoffs, fans erupted when Rudy Gay threw down a one-handed dunk over Golden State's JaVale McGee. The cheering was nearly constant as the Spurs scored the game's first six points before the Warriors began to settle in.

Durant and Klay Thompson shot down San Antonio's chances.

Thompson added 19 points, including 3-for-6 shooting on 3s.

Golden State closed the first half on a 20-9 run to eliminate a five-point deficit and take a 52-46 lead. Durant had 17 points in the first half to counter 10 points each from Gay and Parker.

Gay finished with 11 points.

The Warriors opened 1 for 14 on 3-pointers. Golden State finished 10 for 32 on 3s.

''Well, when the 3s are not going, we've just got to continue moving the ball and getting open looks,'' Thompson said. ''But if we're getting open looks, they're eventually going to fall, and we rely on our defense when we're not making shots. Our defense can be a constant for us, shouldn't always dictate how hard you play.''

Green added 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four blocked shots.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Durant rolled his ankle at midcourt with about 4 1/2 minutes remaining but rose on his own after remaining on the court for less than a minute. Kerr said Durant and Shaun Livingston, who also rolled his ankle moments later, are both fine and will play in Game 4.. . Warriors G Stephen Curry did not play but sat behind the team's bench as he continues to rehabilitate a sprained knee. Curry is expected to return for the second round, if the Warriors advance. ... McGee started after being listed as questionable with a bruised left quadriceps. He had six points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.

Spurs: Messina was coaching his first NBA playoff game, but he has won more than 10 titles in the Euroleague, Russian SuperLeague and Italian League. ... Dejounte Murray had nine points and four assists in 16 minutes.

FOND MEMORIES

Kerr has been a friend of the Popovich family since his days playing for the Spurs at the turn of the century. In fact, Kerr grew so close with Erin Popovich that he almost got his longtime friend in trouble.

''Erin was sort of the balance that Pop needed,'' Kerr said. ''I still remember when he traded me to Portland in 2001, he called me up to tell me the news (and) he said, `I don't think I can go home, because Erin is gonna be so mad at me for trading you.' ''

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1st Quarter

Time Team Play Score
12:00   Jumpball  
11:42 +2 Rudy Gay made driving dunk, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 0-2
11:21   Lost ball turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Patty Mills  
11:16 +2 Danny Green made layup, assist by Dejounte Murray 0-4
10:58   Andre Iguodala missed reverse layup  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
10:46   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
10:40   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
10:33   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
10:31   Offensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:31   Personal foul on Dejounte Murray  
10:25   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
10:22   Defensive rebound by Patty Mills  
10:08   Patty Mills missed reverse layup  
10:00 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made dunk 0-6
10:00   Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
9:57 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 2-6
9:31   Team rebound  
9:32   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:31   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
9:15 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 4-6
8:59 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dejounte Murray 4-9
8:47 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 6-9
8:23   Danny Green missed floating jump shot  
8:20   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
8:11 +2 JaVale McGee made floating jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 8-9
7:46   Dejounte Murray missed hook shot  
7:44   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
7:39   Kevin Durant missed jump shot  
7:35   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
7:30   Shooting foul on JaVale McGee  
7:30   Team rebound  
7:30   Rudy Gay missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:30 +1 Rudy Gay made 2nd of 2 free throws 8-10
7:17 +2 Kevin Durant made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 10-10
6:56   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:54   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
6:33   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:29   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
6:14   LaMarcus Aldridge missed jump shot  
6:10   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:55 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 12-10
5:36   Dejounte Murray missed finger-roll layup, blocked by JaVale McGee  
5:34   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:28   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:24   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
5:16   Out of bounds turnover on LaMarcus Aldridge  
5:01   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:54   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
4:37 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made finger-roll layup, assist by Rudy Gay 12-12
4:37   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
4:37 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made free throw 12-13
4:19 +2 Draymond Green made layup, assist by Klay Thompson 14-13
3:58 +2 Patty Mills made reverse layup 14-15
3:45   Shooting foul on Pau Gasol  
3:45 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 15-15
3:45 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 16-15
3:32   Lost ball turnover on Pau Gasol, stolen by David West  
3:32   Personal foul on Pau Gasol  
3:25   Quinn Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:22   Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol  
3:09 +2 Kyle Anderson made jump shot 16-17
2:52 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by David West 18-17
2:29 +2 Pau Gasol made jump shot 18-19
2:19 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 20-19
2:07   Tony Parker missed jump shot  
2:07   Defensive rebound by David West  
1:55   David West missed jump shot  
1:50   Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol  
1:41   Manu Ginobili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:37   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
1:25   Shooting foul on Manu Ginobili  
1:25 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 21-19
1:25 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 22-19
1:08 +2 Tony Parker made jump shot, assist by Davis Bertans 22-21
0:57   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:52   Defensive rebound by Tony Parker  
0:52 +2 Kyle Anderson made dunk, assist by Tony Parker 22-23
0:41 +2 David West made layup, assist by Shaun Livingston 24-23
0:20   Pau Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:15   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
0:04 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 26-23
0:00   Kyle Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:00   Team rebound  
0:00   End of period  

2nd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:37   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Pau Gasol  
11:34   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
11:30   Shooting foul on Quinn Cook  
11:30   Team rebound  
11:30   Tony Parker missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:30 +1 Tony Parker made 2nd of 2 free throws 26-24
11:20 +2 Shaun Livingston made jump shot, assist by Draymond Green 28-24
11:08   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
11:08 +1 Tony Parker made 1st of 2 free throws 28-25
11:08 +1 Tony Parker made 2nd of 2 free throws 28-26
10:53   Klay Thompson missed jump shot  
10:50   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
10:43   Danny Green missed jump shot  
10:40   Defensive rebound by Quinn Cook  
10:35   Shaun Livingston missed jump shot  
10:31   Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol  
10:21   Rudy Gay missed jump shot  
10:18   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
10:13 +2 Quinn Cook made finger-roll layup 30-26
10:04 +2 Tony Parker made jump shot 30-28
10:04   Shooting foul on Quinn Cook  
10:04 +1 Tony Parker made free throw 30-29
9:54   Quinn Cook missed jump shot  
9:51   Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol  
9:40   Bad pass turnover on Tony Parker, stolen by Draymond Green  
9:36 +2 Shaun Livingston made dunk, assist by Draymond Green 32-29
9:20 +2 Tony Parker made driving layup 32-31
9:07   Personal foul on Davis Bertans  
8:53   David West missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:49   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
8:33   Pau Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:32   Team rebound  
8:22   Tony Parker missed finger-roll layup  
8:21   Defensive rebound by David West  
8:17   Traveling violation turnover on Shaun Livingston  
8:04   Tony Parker missed jump shot  
8:01   Defensive rebound by Shaun Livingston  
7:47   Bad pass turnover on Quinn Cook, stolen by Rudy Gay  
7:26 +2 Danny Green made finger-roll layup, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 32-33
7:13   Shaun Livingston missed driving layup, blocked by Danny Green  
7:13   Team rebound  
6:56 +2 Rudy Gay made reverse layup 32-35
6:51   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:49   Team rebound  
6:38 +2 Patty Mills made jump shot 32-37
6:19 +2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Klay Thompson 34-37
5:54 +2 Rudy Gay made dunk, assist by Kyle Anderson 34-39
5:44   Personal foul on Rudy Gay  
5:32 +2 Andre Iguodala made turnaround jump shot 36-39
5:10   Danny Green missed jump shot  
5:07   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
5:05 +2 Kevin Durant made driving layup 38-39
5:05   Defensive goaltending violation  
5:05   Shooting foul on Rudy Gay  
5:05 +1 Kevin Durant made free throw 39-39
4:52   Lost ball turnover on Patty Mills, stolen by Kevon Looney  
4:49   Personal foul on Patty Mills  
4:38   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Manu Ginobili  
4:27   Personal foul on Kevin Durant  
4:18   Kyle Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
4:10   Personal foul on Kyle Anderson  
4:10 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 40-39
4:10 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-39
3:54   Shooting foul on Draymond Green  
3:54 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 41-40
3:54 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 41-41
3:42 +2 Draymond Green made driving dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 43-41
3:28   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:25   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:19 +2 Klay Thompson made layup, assist by Draymond Green 45-41
3:01   Manu Ginobili missed finger-roll layup, blocked by Kevon Looney  
2:57   Defensive rebound by Kevon Looney  
2:55   Klay Thompson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:52   Defensive rebound by Pau Gasol  
2:49 +2 Pau Gasol made dunk, assist by Kyle Anderson 45-43
2:24   Kevon Looney missed finger-roll layup  
2:22   Defensive rebound by Manu Ginobili  
2:15   LaMarcus Aldridge missed layup  
2:11   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
2:09 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 48-43
1:40   24-second shot clock violation turnover  
1:29   Shooting foul on Davis Bertans  
1:29 +1 Kevin Durant made 1st of 2 free throws 49-43
1:29 +1 Kevin Durant made 2nd of 2 free throws 50-43
1:15   Lost ball turnover on Manu Ginobili, stolen by Kevon Looney  
1:05   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Manu Ginobili  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Davis Bertans  
0:57   Davis Bertans missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:55   Offensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
0:54   Manu Ginobili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
0:50   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
0:36 +2 Kevon Looney made driving dunk, assist by Kevin Durant 52-43
0:27   Rudy Gay missed driving layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
0:27   Team rebound  
0:15 +3 Rudy Gay made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patty Mills 52-46
0:00   End of period  

3rd Quarter

Time Team Play Score
11:43 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 54-46
11:19 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made turnaround jump shot 54-48
10:59   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:56   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
10:40   Dejounte Murray missed jump shot, blocked by Draymond Green  
10:36   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
10:29   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
10:23   Defensive rebound by Rudy Gay  
10:09   Shooting foul on Kevin Durant  
10:09 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 54-49
10:09 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 2nd of 2 free throws 54-50
9:51   Shooting foul on Dejounte Murray  
9:51   Team rebound  
9:51   Andre Iguodala missed 1st of 2 free throws  
9:51 +1 Andre Iguodala made 2nd of 2 free throws 55-50
9:28   Dejounte Murray missed jump shot  
9:25   Offensive rebound by Dejounte Murray  
9:22   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:17   Defensive rebound by Klay Thompson  
9:03   Andre Iguodala missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:01   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
8:54 +3 Patty Mills made 3-pt. jump shot 55-53
8:40   Personal foul on Patty Mills  
8:33 +3 Andre Iguodala made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kevin Durant 58-53
8:11 +3 Danny Green made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Patty Mills 58-56
7:53 +3 Draymond Green made 3-pt. jump shot 61-56
7:42   Personal foul on Klay Thompson  
7:32   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:28   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
7:18 +2 Kevin Durant made jump shot 63-56
6:56   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:53   Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee  
6:40   Draymond Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:38   Defensive rebound by Danny Green  
6:35   Danny Green missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:29   Offensive rebound by Danny Green  
6:28 +2 Danny Green made floating jump shot 63-58
6:14 +2 JaVale McGee made finger-roll layup, assist by Kevin Durant 65-58
5:55 +3 Dejounte Murray made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge 65-61
5:41 +2 Andre Iguodala made dunk, assist by JaVale McGee 67-61
5:27   LaMarcus Aldridge missed driving layup, blocked by Draymond Green  
5:26   Team rebound  
5:23   Rudy Gay missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:20   Defensive rebound by Andre Iguodala  
5:11   Kevin Durant missed jump shot, blocked by Patty Mills  
5:07   Defensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
5:04   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:01   Team rebound  
5:01   Personal foul on Rudy Gay  
4:50 +3 Klay Thompson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Andre Iguodala 70-61
4:26   Patty Mills missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   LaMarcus Aldridge missed dunk  
4:22   Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
4:20   Offensive rebound by LaMarcus Aldridge  
4:20 +2 LaMarcus Aldridge made dunk 70-63
4:05 +2 Klay Thompson made jump shot 72-63
3:49   Manu Ginobili missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:46   Defensive rebound by Draymond Green  
3:40 +3 Kevin Durant made 3-pt. jump shot 75-63
3:26   Shooting foul on Kevon Looney  
3:26 +1 LaMarcus Aldridge made 1st of 2 free throws 75-64
3:26   LaMarcus Aldridge missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:18   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
3:06 +2 Quinn Cook made jump shot 77-64
2:47 +2 Tony Parker made finger-roll layup 77-66
2:47   Defensive goaltending violation  
2:32   Shooting foul on Manu Ginobili  
2:32 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 78-66
2:32 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 79-66
2:19   Out of bounds turnover on Pau Gasol  
2:09   Bad pass turnover on Kevin Durant, stolen by Kyle Anderson  
2:03   Tony Parker missed jump shot  
2:00   Defensive rebound by Kevin Durant  
1:57   Kevin Durant missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:56   Team rebound  
1:56   Personal foul on Manu Ginobili  
1:56 +1 Shaun Livingston made 1st of 2 free throws 80-66
1:56 +1 Shaun Livingston made 2nd of 2 free throws 81-66
1:32 +2 Tony Parker made jump shot, assist by LaMarcus Aldridge