Green triple-double sends Warriors on verge of NBA Finals after trumping Trail Blazers

Draymond Green's triple-double helped the Golden State Warriors move within a game of the NBA Finals.

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard during the first half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals.   -  AP

Two-time reigning champion Golden State Warriors is one win away from the NBA Finals after defeating Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 on Saturday.

Golden State used a Draymond Green triple-double and a third-quarter comeback to top the Trail Blazers in Portland for a commanding 3-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

After trailing by 13 points at half-time in Game 3, the Warriors outscored the Trail Blazers 29-13 in the third quarter to take a lead into the final frame they would never relinquish.

Over the last two games, Golden State – playing without injured star Kevin Durant due to a calf strain – has outscored Portland 68-39 and erased double-digit deficits in each of those outings.

 

The Trail Blazers' free-throw shooting absolutely destroyed their chances down the stretch as they missed 13 free throws in the clash.

Warriors star Stephen Curry posted a game-high 36 points while adding six rebounds and three assists for the visitors, while team-mate Green had 20 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.

The Trail Blazers face elimination when they host the Warriors again in Game 4 on Monday.