Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz

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The Warriors completed a sweep of the four-game series. Kevin Durant's turn came in Game 3 when he had his best playoff performance as a member of the Warriors, scoring 38 points on a night when neither Green nor Klay Thompson cracked double figures.

But that moment of pressure only refocused a Warriors team that proved far superior to the Jazz in the second round.

The Warriors will face the victor of the San Antonio Spurs-Houston Rockets series after sweeping a conference semifinal for the first time since current National Basketball Association playoff format began in 1984. Dante Exum had 15 points off the bench, while Rudy Gobert chipped in 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Utah Jazz just had their first 50-win season in seven years.

After trailing by double digits throughout much of the first half, Utah made Golden State sweat a bit during the third quarter. There wasn't much the Jazz could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s.

Thompson rebounded from a six-point effort in Game 3 with back-to-back jumpers out the gate.

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Rockets players, referring to Popovich and the Spurs as a "machine", said they didn't think much would change with Parker out. The Spurs led by six when Aldridge scored all of their points in a 7-2 run to make it 85-74 with about five minutes left.

Utah is the latest team searching for answers on how to slow down Golden State's offense.

Curry buried back-to-back 3-pointers and Green cut to the rim for a hammer dunk to fuel an 8-0 spurt that gave the Warriors a 12-3 lead.

Golden State are at or near the top in a long list of statistical categories in the postseason, but maybe most impressively, they lead all playoff teams in turnover percentage (11.5) and defensive rebound percentage (82.2) - arguably their two weakest areas over the past couple of years.

There was a moment at the end of the third quarter of Game 4 that summed up the experience of playing the Golden State Warriors.

Utah used a 16-2 run to get back in the game early in the second quarter.

The first quarter was a bloodbath, with the Splash Brothers going on a 10-3 run in the first three minutes. Exum then finished it off with another layup, helping Utah trim Golden State's lead to 41-31. It was a second consecutive 4-0 series victory for the Warriors, who also notched a sweep against Portland in the opening round of the playoffs. We all romance about the Celtics-Lakers rivalry in the 80s with Bird, Magic, McHale, Worthy, Parrish, Abdul-Jabbar, and a who's who of the game's greats on the floor at the same time. Hood left the game with a right knee sprain in the fourth quarter and did not return. Warriors F Draymond Green posted his first triple-double of the postseason. Maybe Spurs-Grizzlies Game 4 or something from the OKC-Houston or Utah-LAC series? Coach Tyronn Lue called for a mandatory team dinner at a steakhouse in Toronto and while their dinners were digesting, the team gathered around a television to watch Game 3 of the Golden State-Utah Jazz series. Due to the loss of point guard George Hill, who suffered a toe injury in Game 1, Utah has struggled to find a playmaker with the IUPUI product's facilitating skill. In fact, they were only able to have a lead on the Warriors for 11 minutes and 55 seconds over the course of four games.