Durant sizzles to put Warriors on cusp of series win

Kevin Durant had 38 points and nine rebounds and Golden State soundly beat the New Orleans Pelicans 118-92 to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semi-final series.

The Warriors responded to their 19-point loss in Game 3 with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points.

Durant made 15 of 27 shots. Stephen Curry scored 23, Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.

Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 per cent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 three-point attempts.

In today's other NBA finals clash, Joe Ingles and the Utah Jazz take on James Harden and the Houston Rockets, in game four of their Western Conference semi-final series.