Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead


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Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green (23) celebrates after scoring against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA bas...

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, bottom, dribbles past Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball...

Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, right, during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA baske...

Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert (27) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round ...

Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert, top left, dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-...

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, works for a loose ball against Utah Jazz's Shelvin Mack during the first half in Game 2 of ...

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, defends on Utah Jazz's Shelvin Mack during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball s...

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, shakes hands with teammate Kevin Durant (35) during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA bas...

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, looks to pass as Utah Jazz's Gordon Hayward defends during the first half in Game 2 of an N...

Golden State Warriors' JaVale McGee (1) dunks against the Utah Jazz during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round p...

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, right, shoots over Utah Jazz's Joe Ingles during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketball se...

Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson, left, is defended by Utah Jazz's Shelvin Mack during the first half in Game 2 of an NBA basketbal...

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Draymond Green showed Quin Snyder his hot hand and range up close, knocking down five 3-pointers and scoring 21 points before a brief knee scare late in the Golden State Warriors' 115-104 victory over the Utah Jazz for a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

Kevin Durant added 25 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Stephen Curry had 23 points, seven assists and played smothering defense Thursday as Golden State stayed unblemished through six playoff games.

Gordon Hayward overcame a poor Game 1 and slow start in this one to score 33 points, and Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out for a Jazz team missing injured point guard George Hill. He was ruled out earlier in the day because of a sore left big toe.

Game 3 is Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

Green received chants of "Dray-mond!" when he headed for the locker room with 7:24 to play, then cheers when he returned at the 5:16 mark. He came up awkwardly after hitting the floor on a drive, then grabbed at his left knee — which the team said he "tweaked."

Snyder made it clear when the series began he won't be alienating Green again by daring him to let it fly from long range — or saying anything that could be perceived as criticism.

Five months after the Jazz coach questioned Green's perimeter range and commented about allowing the emotional Golden State star to shoot from way out, Snyder said before the game he had learned his lesson about fueling the All-Star forward.

All his 3s were in the first half as the Warriors led wire to wire again. Golden State's six straight victories to begin a postseason are a franchise record.

Green also had seven rebounds, six assists, four steals and another block to bring his six-game playoff total to 20.

The Jazz will have to hope more of their shots start falling once back home at altitude.

Hayward began 1 for 5 but bounced back after going 4 for 15 in Game 1.

Utah cut the lead to six on Rodney Hood's jumper with 9:55 remaining in the third and trailed by 10 heading into the final 12 minutes. The Warriors went on a 5-0 run and the Jazz couldn't do much more to threaten.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr missed his fourth straight game as he deals with symptoms stemming from complications after two back surgeries following the 2015 championship run. Kerr won't travel with the team to Utah as he seeks answers in his healing and goes to medical appointments. Mike Brown and a veteran coaching staff are leading the way.

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