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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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Key Players
K. Durant
35 SF
L. Aldridge
12 PF
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
23.1 Pts. Per Game 23.1
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
51.6 Field Goal % 51.1
51.4 Three Point % 51.0
89.1 Free Throw % 83.7
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made dunk, assist by Brandon Paul 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Paul 0:04
  Nick Young missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Derrick White 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Damian Jones 0:26
  Bryn Forbes missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot 0:38
  Offensive foul on Dejounte Murray 0:56
+ 2 Quinn Cook made floating jump shot 1:08
+ 2 Dejounte Murray made dunk 1:20
  Lost ball turnover on Quinn Cook, stolen by Dejounte Murray 1:22
+ 3 Bryn Forbes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dejounte Murray 1:35
Team Stats
Points 110 97
Field Goals 42-82 (51.2%) 37-87 (42.5%)
3-Pointers 10-32 (31.3%) 7-33 (21.2%)
Free Throws 16-18 (88.9%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 46 50
Offensive 4 10
Defensive 35 31
Team 7 9
Assists 26 19
Steals 8 8
Blocks 7 5
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 16 21
Technicals 0 0
26 PTS, 9 REB, 6 AST
18 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Warriors 3-0 26263226110
home team logo Spurs 0-3 2323262597
Team Stats
away team logo Warriors 3-0 110.4 PPG 45 RPG 26.0 APG
home team logo Spurs 0-3 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
Key Players
K. Durant SF 26.4 PPG 6.8 RPG 5.4 APG 51.6 FG%
L. Aldridge PF 23.1 PPG 8.5 RPG 2.0 APG 51.0 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Durant SF 26 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
L. Aldridge PF 18 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
51.2 FG% 42.5
31.3 3PT FG% 21.2
88.9 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 34 26 9 6 0 0 4 3 9/17 1/6 7/7 0 9 43 +18
K. Thompson 37 19 3 2 0 0 1 2 8/16 3/6 0/0 0 3 25 +12
D. Green 37 10 6 7 2 4 2 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 2 4 34 +16
A. Iguodala 26 10 4 4 0 0 0 1 4/9 1/5 1/2 0 4 22 +10
J. McGee 15 6 4 1 0 1 0 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 3 13 -5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 34 26 9 6 0 0 4 3 9/17 1/6 7/7 0 9 43 +18
K. Thompson 37 19 3 2 0 0 1 2 8/16 3/6 0/0 0 3 25 +12
D. Green 37 10 6 7 2 4 2 2 4/9 2/5 0/0 2 4 34 +16
A. Iguodala 26 10 4 4 0 0 0 1 4/9 1/5 1/2 0 4 22 +10
J. McGee 15 6 4 1 0 1 0 1 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 3 13 -5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Livingston 19 16 3 1 1 0 1 1 4/9 0/1 8/8 0 3 21 +7
Q. Cook 20 12 3 1 1 0 2 2 5/9 2/5 0/0 0 3 16 +2
K. Looney 22 4 2 1 3 1 0 2 2/4 0/1 0/0 0 2 12 +17
N. Young 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 0 3 -5
D. Jones 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 1 3 -5
D. West 17 2 4 3 1 1 0 1 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 3 14 +3
J. Bell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -5
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. McCaw - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 110 39 26 8 7 10 16 42/82 10/32 16/18 4 35 206 +65
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 36 18 10 4 0 0 2 0 6/10 0/0 6/7 4 6 34 -20
P. Mills 33 14 2 2 2 1 3 3 6/13 2/7 0/0 0 2 20 -19
R. Gay 31 11 6 2 1 0 0 4 4/11 1/5 2/4 1 5 22 -4
D. Green 20 9 4 0 0 1 0 0 4/10 1/4 0/0 1 3 14 0
D. Murray 15 9 2 4 1 0 1 2 3/7 1/1 2/2 1 1 19 +3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Aldridge 36 18 10 4 0 0 2 0 6/10 0/0 6/7 4 6 34 -20
P. Mills 33 14 2 2 2 1 3 3 6/13 2/7 0/0 0 2 20 -19
R. Gay 31 11 6 2 1 0 0 4 4/11 1/5 2/4 1 5 22 -4
D. Green 20 9 4 0 0 1 0 0 4/10 1/4 0/0 1 3 14 0
D. Murray 15 9 2 4 1 0 1 2 3/7 1/1 2/2 1 1 19 +3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Parker 16 16 1 2 1 0 1 0 6/12 0/2 4/5 0 1 21 -6
K. Anderson 17 6 2 2 1 0 0 2 3/7 0/2 0/0 2 0 13 -10
P. Gasol 18 6 7 0 0 1 2 3 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 7 12 -9
D. Bertans 20 5 4 2 0 0 0 3 1/3 1/3 2/2 0 4 13 +1
B. Forbes 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 0/0 0 0 3 -1
M. Ginobili 16 0 2 0 2 1 1 3 0/5 0/4 0/0 1 1 4 -10
B. Paul 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +5
D. White 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 +5
K. Leonard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Lauvergne - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 97 41 19 8 5 10 21 37/87 7/33 16/20 10 31 179 -65