Tonight, the Warriors got the best of the Jazz, and were able to beat them by a final score of 94-83. This was the fewest points that an opponent has scored against the Warriors thus far this season. The Warriors, actually their third stringers for the most part, blew what was a hefty lead, but it didn’t matter. They’re now 9-1 following a loss, and 16-1 after leading at the end of three quarters. The Warriors came to compete, although not a lot of whistles were called for them, they showed up to play and shined as well.
Why the Warriors Should Be Content:
The Jazz looked really good on the season. Curry hit his two threes early on in the game, as he always does. He had the first 11 points in the game. The pace, all game, went the Warriors way: fast paced. The Jazz, although down early to the Warriors, were able to show their depth. Behind Enes Kanter, Alec Burk, and Randy Foye, they beat the Warriors in rebounding.
Klay Thompson was off to another slow start, but was luckily able to pick it up. He finished with 15 points. Curry and Lee had a total of 19 points at the end of the 1st quarter, equaling the Jazz’s tally. The player of the game was Andris Biedrins, he finished with 12 rebounds and a few other nice plays including a monster block. His defense on Al Jefferson was a game-changer. When Ezeli was guarding Jefferson, the Warriors were at the mercy of the Jazz.
At halftime, the Warriors were lead by Stephen Curry’s 18 points, 49-37.
How the Warriors Won:
In the third quarter, the game became very physical. Golden State was able to close the game out behind smart play by Jarrett Jack and Thompson. In the 4th, they played calm and under control: they lead by 20 with 9 minutes remaining in the game. Despite a late surge from Utah on the Warriors’ youngsters, the Warriors came away with yet another road win by 11 points.
The Warriors improve to 19-10 on the season, and they face the 76ers at home on Friday night.