SAN ANTONIO — Five takeaways from the Golden State Warriors’ 120-108 win over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The Warriors lead the series 3-0 and can complete the sweep in Game 4 in San Antonio on Monday.
Warriors hero: The six-degrees-of-Cleveland component is front and center now, with the Warriors’ work in earning a third consecutive matchup with the Cavaliers almost complete. But Kevin Durant is the new character in this rivalry tale, the difference maker who showed yet again in Game 3 why these Warriors will be so much tougher to take down this time around.
Right about the time the Warriors needed a boost, with the Spurs showing some fight and cutting the lead to four early in the third quarter, Durant took over. Nineteen of his 33 points came in a 10-minute stretch during the third quarter, with Durant hitting five of six shots and getting to the free-throw line eight times in all (with seven makes).
“The run he had in the third was a clinic of scoring the basketball,” said Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, a fellow expert in the…