Printed on: December 27, 2012
Jazz lose rare home game, routed by G.S. Warriors
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Stephen Curry scored 23 points, David Lee added 18, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 94-83 on Wednesday night.
Curry set the tone by scoring the Warriors' first 11 points. He hit two 3-pointers and made three free throws after being fouled on another shot beyond the arc -- all in less than a minute.
Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson had 15 points each for the Warriors, who dominated on the fast break and hit 9 of 18 3-point attempts.
Al Jefferson led Utah with 18 points and 10 rebounds while Paul Millsap added 14 points.
The Warriors led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took a 75-58 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Warriors let a 14-point fourth-quarter lead slip away Saturday in a 118-115 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
This time, they kept piling it on.
Curry showed how important it was to keep the pressure on, getting hit hard on a fast-break layup and giving an emphatic fist pump as the ball dropped through the net and bumped Golden State's lead to 82-62 with 9:10 left.
The Jazz, meanwhile, looked like a team that struggled to go 2-2 on a recent road trip that saw them outscored by 20 against Indiana and by 16 against Miami.
They had to rally from 16 down Sunday to beat Orlando.
Curry added eight rebounds, seven assists and a steal.
Curry scored the Warriors' first 11 points as they took an 11-7 lead, then went up 16-9 on Harrison Barnes' 3-pointer -- Golden State's third of the quarter.
Jefferson kept Utah in the game early with eight points and four rebounds.
The game got nasty in the second quarter when Utah's Enes Kanter grabbed an offensive rebound and swung his elbows wide at Carl Landry. Derrick Favors went to defend teammate Kanter but ended up in a shoving match with Jack, a fellow Georgia Tech player.
Favors and Jack were assessed double technicals and Kanter his own technical, with Jack making the free throw for a 32-23 lead with 9:19 left in the half.