Tonight’s offensive plan? Give the ball to Stephen Curry, let him make the choice to either shoot, or dish the rock to Andrew Bogut. Tonight, there were only three Warriors in double digit scoring, but only two of them actually had decent shooting nights. Luckily, the Warriors’ defense came through and they were able to defeat the Utah Jazz by a final score of 95-90.
The story of the night was again the offensive inconsistency. Without David Lee, there was a gaping hole in their offensive plans. Luckily, Bogut did just enough with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Also that All-Star starter, Curry poured in a mere 44 points. That kind of helped the Warriors out a lot.
#StatLineOfTheNight goes to Steph Curry, who finished w/ 44 pts & 4 ast. Curry’s 30 2nd half points & 8 3′s led GSW to a 95-90 W over Utah.
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) February 1, 2014
Klay Thompson was 3-for-20. Andre Iguodala was 2-for-10. Harrison Barnes was 1-for-6. The Warriors’ weak bench scored 12 points, but somehow, someway, they found a way to win the ballgame. This was one of the worst offensive nights of the season, but the Warriors tallied 9 steals and 5 blocks, all while forcing 18 turnovers and committing over 8.
In terms of taking care of the basketball, the Warriors did fairly well in this category.
For Utah, Thompson was able to contain rookie sensation Trey Burk, who scored 4 points on 2/10 shooting. Alec Burks, however, scored 26 points off the bench on 9/14 shooting. This is where most of the Jazz’s offensive life came from. Fortunately for the Warriors, not many other Jazz players had a hand in contributing to the score of 90.
In the first half, the Warriors’ offensive life was dead. They took an early lead of 9 at one point, but the Jazz scraped and scratched, able to cut the deficit down, and eventually take a 7-point lead going into halftime.
The Warriors continued to struggle in the third quarter, but they eventually found some offensive firepower, trailing by just 5 points. They continued this newfound energy into the 4th quarter, and stormed back to take a 4-point lead, one that they would never relinquish.