Klay Thompson scored 25 points and the rest of the starters finished in double-digits as well as the Golden State Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz 102-88 on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. It was the Warriors’ fifth home win of the season, as they remain undefeated on their home court.
The Warriors (7-3) led throughout the entire game, jumping out to a double-digit advantage right away. This was crucial, as it did not allow an inferior Jazz club to believe they could knock off the Warriors. Jermaine O’Neal’s tip-in with two seconds remaining gave the Warriors a 27-13 lead over the Jazz (1-10) after one quarter.
Thompson scored 11 points in the second quarter on three 3-pointers and a couple free throws, and the Warriors played stifling defense on the Jazz, who came into the game last in the league in points per game. They held the Jazz to just 34 points at halftime, the lowest that any opponent has scored against them this season.
Golden State let its guard down a bit in the third quarter, allowing the Jazz to get the score within single digits at 63-54, but that was as close as they would get. A 24-16 run to begin the final quarter gave them an 18-point lead to work with, large enough to take out the starters for the remainder of the game.
O’Neal went “down in a heap” early in the fourth quarter, and had to be helped off the floor. He has a right knee sprain and a right groin sprain, according to the team, and will undergo additional tests tomorrow.
Thompson led all scorers with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. All of the starters finished with double-digits, but Stephen Curry had an off-night, scoring just 15 points and failing to connect on all five of his 3-point attempts. Harrison Barnes chipped in 11 off the bench.
For the Jazz, Derrick Favors had 17 points and seven rebounds. Richard Jefferson, in his return to Oracle Arena, finished with 12 points and five assists.
Tale of the Tape
- Field Goals: 51.3% (41-80)
- 3-Pointers: 42.9% (9-21)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 24
- Turnovers: 15
- Field Goals: 45.5% (35-77)
- 3-Pointers: 47.1% (8-17)
- Rebounds: 32
- Assists: 18
- Turnovers: 17
David Lee (via WarriorsWorld):
It’s beautiful basketball when we can share it. We’re way ahead of where we were last year.
Tweet of the Night
So many in this crowd would have traded a win for the opportunity to cheer an airballed Biedrins free throw.
— Ethan Strauss (@SherwoodStrauss) November 17, 2013
What’s on Tap
The Warriors and Jazz will do battle again on Monday night, this time in Utah.