Warriors Beat Jazz; Wizards Crush Celts and Tony Parker Done for Season
(AP) — The Golden State Warriors will head to Utah with a two-games-to-none lead over the Jazz.
Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry scored over 20 points apiece as the Warriors beat the Jazz, 115-104. Durant gave the Warriors 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Curry finished with 23 points and seven helpers. Green led Golden State's long-range attack by nailing five 3-pointers en route to a 21-point performance.
Gordon Hayward had a game-high 33 points for the Jazz, who played without point guard George Hill because of a sore toe. Rudy Gobert contributed 16 points and 16 boards in the loss.
Game 3 is Saturday.
The Washington Wizards got off to another great start against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night. This time, they kept the lead to pull within two games to one in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.
The Wizards scored 22 straight points in the first quarter to take a 34-12 lead in a 116-89 blowout over the visiting Celtics. Washington also silenced Isaiah Thomas, who finished with just 13 points on 3 of 8 shooting after torching the Wizards for 53 points in Game 2.
John Wall had a game-high 24 points for the Wizards, while Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 apiece.
The game got chippy by the second quarter. Washington's Kelly Oubre Jr. was ejected for charging and knocking over Kelly Olynyk after the Boston big man was called for an illegal screen. There were eight technical fouls and three ejections total.
The Wizards have outscored Boston by 49 in the first quarter during this series. Washington will try to even the series at home Saturday.
Spurs' Tony Parker out for rest of playoffs with quad injury
UNDATED (AP) — San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker has seen his scoring average spike during these NBA playoffs, averaging 15.9 points a game compared to just 10.1 during the regular season. The Spurs will spend the rest of the postseason without the 34-year-old Parker because of a leg injury suffered in Wednesday's rout of Houston.
Parker will need surgery to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon, leaving San Antonio without its veteran floor leader. He was carried off the court by his teammates after scoring 18 points in just 25 minutes.
Backup Patty Mills could move into a starting role, with rookie Dejounte Murray getting more playing time.
In other NBA injury news:
— Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry will undergo more tests to determine the severity of his sprained left ankle. Lowry was hurt early in the second half of Toronto's loss in Cleveland on Wednesday after colliding with a teammate and taking an awkward fall.