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Instant Replay: Draymond, Durant do it all, Warriors take 2-0 lead vs Jazz

Instant Replay: Draymond, Durant do it all, Warriors take 2-0 lead vs Jazz

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OAKLAND -- They did it in fits and starts, but the Warriors kept things together enough Thursday night for a 115-104 victory over Utah that gives them a 2-0 series lead.

The Warriors remain undefeated (6-0) this postseason.

Kevin Durant scored 25 points to lead the offense, while Stephen Curry tossed in 23, Draymond Green 21, Klay Thompson 14 and Andre Iguodala 10.

The Warriors outshot the Jazz 49.4 percent to 45.2, outrebounded them 47-39. They did, however, commit 17 turnovers, and that sloppiness helped Utah stay within striking distance.

There was a tense moment with 7:24 left in the fourth quarter when Green went down clutching his left knee, which was tweaked when after rising from the floor after missing a layup. He stayed down for a couple minutes, and eventually got up and walked into the locker room under his own power. He did return to finish the game.

Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 33 points to lead Utah scorers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

On a night when all four All-Stars brought something, Durant was strong across the board.

Durant’s line: team-high 25 points (6-of-13 shooting from the field, including 0-of-4 from deep, 13-of-15 from the line), a team-high 11 rebounds, game-high-tying seven assists, one block and one steal. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-11.

TURNING POINT

The Warriors led comfortably, by as much as 20, throughout the first half. And when the Jazz made a 7-0 run to get within six (63-57) with 9:57 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 12-3 run to go up 75-60 with 6:55 remaining in the quarter.

Utah made several runs but got no closer than seven in the fourth quarter

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) was listed as out.

Jazz: G George Hill (L big toe soreness) and G Alec Burks (L knee recovery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Tipoff is 5:35 p.m. Pacific.

Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

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Jacob Evans III: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

EIGHTH IN A SERIES

Player: Jacob Evans III
Position: Guard/wing
Height/weight: 6-6, 200
College: Cincinnati
Age: 21
Salary: $1.64M (first year of a two-year rookie deal worth $3.57M per Spotrac.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 72

2017-18 in review: As a junior last season, Evans started every game for the second consecutive season and led Cincinnati in scoring and assists, while adding 4.7 rebounds. Bearcats coach Mick Cronin described Evans as an “elite” defender, while opposing coaches marveled over his versatility, composure and basketball IQ. The Warriors were impressed enough to select him in the first round of the draft, 28th overall.

Key stats: 36 games (36 starts), averaging 13.0 points (42.7 percent FG, 32.7 3p, 75.4 percent FT), 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game.

Season highs: Points (24), rebounds (eight, twice), assists (seven), steals (five), blocks (four).

2018-19 outlook: Despite displaying a strong feel for the game and court awareness, Evans did not dazzle during Summer League. His jump shot was errant often enough to leave some within the organization wondering if a mechanical adjustment might be needed. Evans told NBC Sports Bay Area in August that he’s not concerned and that his confidence remains high. There will be growing pains, and the Warriors will be pleased as long as there is actual growth within the pain. They can afford to be patient because an immediate impact is not needed.

Andre Iguodala: Warriors training camp profile

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Andre Iguodala: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

SEVENTH IN A SERIES

Player: Andre Iguodala
Position: Small forward
Height/weight: 6-6, 215
College: Arizona
Age: 34
Salary: $16M (Year 2 of a three-year pact worth $48 million)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 77

2017-18 in review: Though his defense is solid, Iguodala finds ways to elevate it at significant times. Likewise, his jump shot was dreadful before arriving in March and hanging around through the postseason. An important contribution that surfaced last season was his influence on younger players, specifically Kevon Looney and Quinn Cook, whose solid play was partly the result of Iguodala’s subtle tutelage. Even while missing 18 games, he again made an impact on both ends that defies individual statistics.

Key stats: 64 games (seven starts), averaging 6.0 points (63.2 percent FT, 28.2 percent 3s), 3.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds,

Season highs: Points (14, twice), assists (10), rebounds (eight, three times) minutes (37).

2018-19 outlook: The nagging injuries keep coming, indicating that Iguodala has eased into the twilight phase of his career. The Warriors are beyond worrying about what he does in the regular season, so he’ll be on a maintenance program even if he stays healthy. The priority is that he’s ready to play 18-25 minutes per game in the postseason. Quiet as it’s kept, Iguodala’s absence for the final three games of the Western Conference Finals was a huge loss and nearly cost the Warriors the series.