BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
In their first home game in over two weeks, the Warriors scored an impressive 131-119 victory over the Utah Jazz in a Sunday afternoon matinee at Chase Center. The win came against the team with the best record in the NBA (28-9) and snapped a four game losing streak that was sandwiched around the All-Star break.
Steph Curry had a game high 32 points to go along with nine assists to lead five Warriors in double figures. Draymond Green added a triple-double with 11 points, 12 assists and a season-high-tying 12 rebounds as Golden State shot a blistering 56.2% from the field.
Utah only led once, 11-9 mid-way thru the opening quarter, in spite of a dominating performance by their center Rudy Gobert who grabbed a career-high 28 rebounds to go along with 24 points. Donovan Mitchell also scored 24 for the Jazz while Mike Conley added 23 and Jordan Clarkson popped in 21 in a reserve role.
The Warriors took a 67-54 lead into the locker room at halftime, but couldn’t shake the Jazz for good until the closing minute of the game. Andrew Wiggins posted a season-high 28 points, Jordan Poole provided a spark with 18 off the bench, and James Wiseman added 16 points for Golden State.
Asked whether the win against a team like the Jazz would boost the Warriors confidence, Green said “It’s nothing if we don’t build on it. It is a great win for us. Losing four in a row and the next opportunity to step on the floor is against the team with the best record in the NBA, that’s a tough situation to be in. You can tell that it was a different team out there on the floor from the moment that we stepped out there. You look at this win and this can be a turning point for anyone’s season but if you don’t come out of this win playing the same type of inspired basketball, it doesn’t matter.”
Coach Steve Kerr echoed the same sentiment, “I think very satisfied is probably the word I would use. I told Draymond (Green) when I walked in ‘If this was college, I would walk in and everybody would dump water on me and we would all scream and yell’ but this is the NBA and we have another game tomorrow. Not too much energy expended knowing that we have a game tomorrow, but a very gratifying win. I just liked our intensity defensively from start to the finish. That’s a great team, they’re tough to guard and I thought we stayed with them the entire night.”
It doesn’t get any easier for Golden State, hosting LeBron James and the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of a back-to-back Monday night at Chase Center.
Steph Curry celebrated his 33rd birthday Sunday. His nine assists left him just one shy of tying Guy Rogers (4,855) as the franchise’s all-time assist leader. Curry also extended his streak to 99 consecutive games with a three-pointer, the third-longest streak in NBA history.
The Warriors have an all-time record of 25-1 when Green records a triple-double.
Golden State shot 56.2 percent from the field, improving to 11-1 when shooting at least 50 percent from the field this season.
The Warriors joined the Nets as the only teams to have beaten the Clippers, Jazz and Lakers this season.
Gobert became the first opposing player to grab at least 25 rebounds in a game against Golden State since Andre Drummond with Detroit in 2015.