By JOHN COON, Related Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Incomes street victories in opposition to different prime NBA groups is shortly turning into a behavior for Golden State.
Stephen Curry scored 28 factors and had 9 assists on Saturday evening to assist the Western Convention-leading Warriors to a 123-116 win over the Utah Jazz, who’re third within the convention.
The Warriors notched their second main street victory over an elite Western Convention foe in eight days, after beating second-place Phoenix on Christmas Day.
“It’s a great confidence builder to be in a lot of these settings on the street and get wins like this and present who we’re,” Curry mentioned. “Our DNA is constructed on chasing championships and you bought to win video games like we’ve to get it executed.”
Andrew Wiggins had 25 factors for the Warriors, and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds. Andre Iguodala added 12 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds off the bench — together with a late 3-pointer to seal the win.
Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson all scored 20 factors, and Rudy Gobert had 20 factors and 19 rebounds in Utah’s seventh house loss.
Mitchell shot simply 4 of 19 from the sphere for a season-low 21%. It got here a day after scoring a season-high 39 factors in opposition to Minnesota.
“I preferred a whole lot of the seems to be,” Mitchell mentioned. “It’s the identical pictures I hit not even 24 hours in the past. … I can’t depend many occasions the ball rolled out and in. These nights are going to occur. It may possibly’t go in each evening.”
Golden State shot 53% from the sphere earlier than halftime and had a 14-point lead on the half, which Utah erased after which some (16-point deficit) within the third quarter with a 19-5 run. Bogdanovic and O’Neale hit back-to-back 3-pointers to punctuate the run, which put the Jazz up 79-74.
Utah scored 41 factors within the third quarter — probably the most Golden State has given up throughout a single quarter this season. However the Warriors got here again within the fourth quarter, scoring on seven consecutive possessions for an 111-106 lead. Wiggins led the cost with three straight baskets that lastly put Golden State again in entrance.
“They did an excellent job of shifting the ball, of getting up into us defensively and making us uncomfortable and managed that third quarter,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned. “However that requires a whole lot of power too. That lead we had at halftime compelled them to actually get after it in that third quarter and so they did. However I believed we had extra power within the fourth in consequence.”
Utah tied it at 111-111 on a 3-pointer from Bogdanovic. Curry answered with back-to-back baskets and Iguodala added a 3-pointer to offer the Warriors a 119-112 lead with 40 seconds left.
“I believed we ran out of fuel somewhat bit,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder mentioned. “Once they’re scoring, it’s clearly a lot more durable to run. That’s one thing that we all know we have to do all through the course of a recreation. I didn’t assume we have been dedicated to that on a possession-to-possession foundation.”
The Warriors shot 53.5% total for the sport, made 17 3-pointers and improved to 5-16 all-time in New 12 months’s Day video games.
Golden State: Curry has now made at the very least one 3-pointer in 158 consecutive video games, setting a brand new NBA file. He eclipsed his personal file of 157 straight video games. … Kevon Looney fouled out with 59.4 seconds left after totaling eight factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists. … Golden State had 39 assists on 46 baskets.
Utah: Mitchell is 29 of 32 from the free-throw line in his final three video games. He went 10-of-11 in opposition to Golden State however didn’t try a free throw within the fourth quarter. … O’Neale completed with 15 factors, scoring in double figures for simply the second time in 13 video games. He went scoreless in opposition to Minnesota on Friday after not trying a shot or a free throw.
Golden State shot 13 of 18 from the sphere within the fourth quarter — 11 of these got here off assists. The Warriors additionally dedicated solely three turnovers within the remaining quarter to complete with a plus-12 level differential within the fourth after struggling to maintain tempo with Utah within the third quarter.
The Warriors missed simply two pictures over the ultimate 10 minutes. Wiggins, Iguodala, and Porter all joined Curry in making vital baskets down the stretch.
“They’re gifted and so they’re players and so they perceive they’re going to must play like that for us to do particular issues this 12 months,” Curry mentioned. “The chance is there. It’s only a matter of going by means of the reps.”
Porter made probably the most of his minutes in his third begin of the season. He had his first 20-point recreation of the season whereas making a season-high 9 area targets. The veteran ahead additionally set a brand new season excessive in assists.
Porter is averaging 19.5 factors, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and a pair of.0 steals over Golden State’s final two street contests.
“He understands the sport at such a deep degree,” Kerr mentioned.
Golden State: Host Miami on Monday.
Jazz: Go to New Orleans on Monday.
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