Key trends from Golden State's up and down Game 3 win

The Golden State Warriors looked mortal for the first time in this playoff run in Game 3. Behind poor shooting nights from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors surrendered the lead for the first time this postseason late in the second quarter and trailed Utah 50-49 at halftime. Utah pushed the lead to as large as nine points (62-53) in the third quarter. They trailed 72-70 entering the fourth quarter and had a chance to steal a game from the Warriors on their home floor.

However, Golden State took control on both ends in the final period. They came away with another double-digit win in a 102-91 victory that only reached double-digits late in that fourth quarter.

With a 3-0 series lead, the Warriors have all but secured a berth in the Western Conference Finals. While they might drop Game 4 in Utah, the Jazz had every chance to win in Game 3 but were not able to capitalize. Here are some trends for this game that will be important for Golden State as they continue their playoff march.

1. Kevin Durant Dominating

The Utah Jazz needed a stellar game from Gordon Hayward to win in Game 3. Hayward did piece together a strong game, finishing with 29 points on 18 shots and leading the Jazz with six assists in the absence of George Hill.

However, this matchup was controlled by the other All-Star small forward. Kevin Durant finished with 38 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Warriors in both categories. It was not just his scoring total that stood out, but rather how he got to that total. Durant finished the game with only two of his 15 makes coming from layups or dunks. Instead, he did most of his damage with his jump shot: