Patty Mills' San Antonio Spurs played valiantly with heavy hearts but were unable to topple the Golden State Warriors in game three of their playoff series.
The Warriors' 110-97 win in San Antonio on Thursday, led by Kevin Durant's 26 points, gave the defending NBA champions a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round series and placed them just one win away from eliminating the Spurs.
Mills, who had 14 points, and his teammates went into the game without coach Gregg Popovich who lost his wife Erin on Wednesday after she battled a long illness.
"Not great," Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who played under Popovich, said when asked how he took the news of Erin's death.
"It was strange not looking down the sideline and seeing Pop."
Game four is in San Antonio on Monday morning.