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Baxter Holmes ESPN Senior Writer 

The Warriors certainly came out with an edge in Game 3, scoring 41 points in the opening quarter. That goes into the ledger as their second-most in a quarter of a playoff game under Steve Kerr, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

San Antonio has created separation with a 19-5 run to take a 112-94 lead with under five minutes left. Nuggets having trouble stopping the Spurs while Derrick White has dominated the matchup at point guard against Jamal Murray. Murray isn't moving great on defense after that spill he took but it doesn't matter on this night. White has torched Denver for 36 points, five assists and four rebounds on an efficient 15-for-20 shooting. Reminder, this is just White's third playoff game as a starter.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevon Looney has been everywhere since coming into the game a couple minutes ago. He's active and he's taken advantage of the space the Warriors are creating offensively. The focus Kerr wanted to see from his group to start the game has been there.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray has checked back into the game with 6:46 remaining but he did come in kneeling down to perhaps stretch his ankles before shaking both of his ankles.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray, badly outplayed by Derrick White, had the ball jarred loose by White for a steal and then the Nuggets guard took a spill and appeared to hurt his ankle. Moments later, Murray lost his footing as White drove by him toward the paint where he scored with the foul. Murray hobbled back to the bench with 8:52 left in the fourth with just three points on 1-for-5 shooting. White -- who also has a block on Murray too -- has 29 points, four rebounds and four assists with just over eight minutes left to play.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The stars picked up their games in the third quarter. DeMar DeRozan rebounded from a four-point first-half effort to score 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the third quarter. On the other side, Nikola Jokic was aggressive in the third, scoring nine points in the quarter to go into the fourth with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Monte Morris continued the Nuggets' strong bench play with six points in the quarter as well.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Simmons delivered an All Star performance for Philly (31 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds) on a night they were without Joel Embiid. He was impressive in the fourth with nine points, two assists, a block and a steal in a two-minute stretch late in the period to blow Game 3 open. Philly will take a 2-1 series lead.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Derrick White's torrid first half put him in some elite company. He's just the third player under Gregg Popovich to score over 25 points in a half in the playoffs. The other two Spurs were Tony Parker (twice) and Tim Duncan (three times) according to ESPN Stats and Info. The Nuggets can't keep White out of the paint, where he made 10-of-his-12 shots and scored 20-of-his-26 points.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Jamal Murray has been quiet after his big fourth quarter in Game 2. Murray had just three points and shot 1-for-4 in the first half while watching Derrick White go off for 26 points. Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton have combined to score 13 points in the half while Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic are carrying the starting unit with 11 points each.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Derrick White breakout show continues as the point guard had 26 points, making 11-of-15 shots. The Spurs' ability to find and develop talent continues to shine in White, who has allowed the Spurs to take a 61-58 lead into the half. DeMar DeRozan struggled in the half with just four points and 1-of-7 shooting but LaMarcus Aldridge had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nets fans chant "Jimmy's leaving!" as free-agent-to-be Jimmy Butler shoots free throws for the Sixers midway through the fourth quarter.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

The Sixers' once 18-point lead is down to 6 and Barclays Center — relishing its first home playoff game since May 1, 2015 - is amped. Philadelphia will have to earn this over the final 8 minutes of the 4th quarter.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brooklyn opens the fourth by turning it over and missing its first four shots before D'Angelo Russell suns in and scores seven consecutive Nets points. Strong answer from the All-Star guard to keep the home team in the game.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Brooklyn finished the third quarter scoring eight unanswered points - including a four-point play from Spencer Dinwiddie - to cut Philly's lead to seven. The Barclays Center crowd, quiet for much of the third as Philadelphia methodically built a double-digit lead, is alive and well heading into the final period.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets' bench has been terrific in this first half. Denver's reserves outscored San Antonio's bench, 22-10, midway through the second quarter and they made 10-of-their-first-14 shots.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nuggets came in Game 3 knowing full well that they had lost 13 straight in San Antonio. But they were eager to show that much of that streak came with different players on the roster. The Nuggets are showing some moxy on the road. Trailing by 31-22 at the end of the first quarter, Denver opened the second quarter with a 16-0 tear. The Nuggets' bench sparked the run with Malik Beasley hitting his first three shots and scoring eight points.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

There's always a conversation around Ben Simmons' shooting but he and the Sixers probably don't get enough credit when they defend the way they have in Game 3. D'Angelo Russell and Joe Harris are a combined 8-for-24 and 1-for-8 from behind the arc for Brooklyn, which has trailed by double digits for much of the third quarter.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs point guard Derrick White continues to shine in the playoffs. White has been able to penetrate and score with ease at times. He made 5-of-his-first-6 shots and scored 10 points in the first quarter. San Antonio finished the quarter with a 15-6 run.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Caris LeVert knocks down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to tie the score at 38-38. Kenny Atkinson referred to LeVert several times as an X-factor for Brooklyn. He's certainly made an imprint in the first half of Game 3.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

The Sixers got a combined nine points and six rebounds in 12 first quarter minutes out of Greg Monroe and Boban Marjanovic in place of Joel Embiid. If they can keep up anything close to that production, Philly will be thrilled.

Tim Bontemps ESPN 

One thing that will help Philly a lot in trying to combat Joel Embiid's absence: an aggressive Ben Simmons, which is exactly what the Sixers have gotten early on in this game. They need that to continue for 48 minutes.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The crowd in Brooklyn is in playoff form for Game 3. Loudest I've heard the Barclays Center this season. Intense atmosphere.