Warriors fend off Jazz 129-118

SAN FRANCISCO – Five starters scored in double figures led by Stephen Curry’s 33 points. The Warriors stay hot at home with a 129-118 victory over the Utah Jazz tonight. This was Curry’s 12th 30-point game in 17 contests this year.

Curry started the game on fire, he scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Then knocked down a fall-away three-pointer, got fouled and converted the four-point play at the 8:20 mark that propelled Golden State to a 17-point lead.

The reigning NBA Finals MVP shot 13-for-23 from the field, with six made three-pointers. 

Andrew Wiggins followed up his season-high 31-point performance in the Warriors 124-107 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, knocking down back-to-back three-pointers late in the frame capping off a 19-9 run after the Jazz took their first lead of the game, 71-70. Thompson shrugged off a 1-for-6 shooting start, to finish 7-for-16, with six three-pointers to go along with six rebounds.

“That’s really key for us when he is just playing under control, taking the shots when they’re there and when they’re not. It just kind of sets the table for us,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “It’s a great display of patience and then shot-making when we really needed them in that late third.”

Kevon Looney added 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Draymond Green had 13 points and five assists. Jordan Poole finished with 19 points and six assists off the bench. Golden State, who lead the NBA with 29.4 assists per game, finished with 33 assists on 52 made shots. It was the Warriors 12th 30-assist game this season, including six in their last seven leading the NBA. 

Golden State shot a blistering 44.4-percent from three-point range (20-for-45).

“We still have things to work on but we are stabilized,” Green said. “We’re starting to play our brand of basketball on both ends of the floor.”

The Warriors (10-10) had their running shoes on tonight, outscoring Utah 35-11 on fastbreak points and held the edge in second-chance points, 27-16. Golden State is on a roll at home, winners of eight straight games for their longest winning streak at Chase Center since they won 11 in a row from Oct. 30-Dec. 3, 2021. They are now riding a five-game home winning streak against Utah. 

The Jazz haven’t beaten the Warriors on their home floor since a 129-96 win on Jan. 22, 2020. 

Lauri Markkanen scored 24 points for Utah who outscored Golden State 28-22 in the second quarter. Markkanen shot 9-for-17, with five made three-pointers. 

Kelly Olynyk and Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points apiece. Clarkson recorded 10 of the Jazz 28 assists on 48 made shots. Utah shot 46-for-97 from the field, but were dreadful from three-point range, shooting just 11-of-45 (started the game 2-of-20 on 3s).

Jarred Vanderbilt chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Jazz (12-9), who have lost three straight games, matching their longest losing streak of the season.

The Warriors head to Minnesota Sunday looking to snap a six-game losing skid on the Timberwolves’ home floor. Golden State last won at the Target Center, 117-109, on March 19, 2019. 

The Warriors are 1-9 on the road this season. 

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