SAN ANTONIO – Kevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals.
"He was huge for us," Golden State interim coach Mike Brown said of Durant. "We didn't do anything tricky. He got hot, and we just wanted to keep him in the middle of the floor. Attacking downhill in pick-and-roll situations. ... He was terrific. He made the right play every time down the floor."
Golden State has a chance to complete its third consecutive series sweep in Game 4 on Monday night. The Warriors are the third team in NBA history to win their first 11 playoff games. Cleveland is 10-0, with a 2-0 lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.
Stephen Curry added 21 points for the Warriors and became the franchise leader in postseason points, passing Hall of Famer Rick Barry. Curry has 1,774 career postseason points in 69 games to set the franchise record. Barry previously held the franchise record with 1,776 points in 66 games.
Already without leading scorer Kawhi Leonard and point guard Tony Parker, the Spurs lost David Lee to a left knee injury in the first quarter.
Lee left with 2 minutes, 57 seconds left in the first, unable to put any weight on his left leg after Draymond Green kneed him in the back of the leg on a drive. Joel Anthony had to take a free throw in place of Lee, who was taken to the locker room in a wheelchair. Lee's status is unknown.
San Antonio still managed to match a postseason high with 33 points in the opening quarter and lead by as many as six points in the first half.
The Spurs, who shot 47.3 percent from the field, played on emotion, but eventually succumbed to the Warriors' firepower.
"They don't have their best scorer," Durant said of Leonard. "They rely on him. They run everything through him throughout the whole season. So taking him away, it's kind of hard to find your identity after that."
Durant had 19 points in the third quarter.
"When they call my number, I just try to go out there and be aggressive," he said.
Golden State shot 55 percent from the field and was 11-for-27 on three-pointers. Klay Thompson had 17 points, and JaVale McGee added 11.
Manu Ginobili led the Spurs with 21 points, joining Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players 39-years-old or older to score 20-plus points in a conference final.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points on 7-for-17 shooting after stressing it was imperative for him to score following Leonard's ankle injury.
San Antonio has been outscored by 73 points since Leonard left Game 1 in the third quarter and the Spurs leading 78-55.
Coach Gregg Popovich opted to sit Leonard after conferring with the Spurs medical staff, but it wasn't a decision his All-Star forward agreed with.
"In the end, I guess it's my decision," Popovich said. "He's not thrilled he's not playing, but he's not ready."