There are games where everybody contributes and it is a true team effort, and then there are games where the leader has to take control and almost single-handedly lead the team to victory.
That’s what Stephen Curry did on Friday night, going for season-high 44 points in a Golden State Warriors’ 95-90 win over the Utah Jazz.
Curry made shots from left, right and center and was efficient as well, shooting 14-of-26 from the floor, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc. He was helped out by Andrew Bogut, who had another solid game with 16 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks, five assists, and two steals. He was 8-of-11 from the field, worked well with Curry all night, and made his presence felt defensively. This is the center who the Warriors (29-19) have been waiting to have on their roster for the past decade.
Down 77-68 early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors found a way to fight their way back into the game and grind out a victory thanks to a 12-0 run, putting them up 80-77. From there, the Warriors made plays down the stretch, getting four defensive stops on the Jazz (16-30) in the final 1:22.
It was surely an ugly win, as the Warriors shot just 37.5 percent overall, but on the back-end of a back-to-back, they will most definitely take it.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 37.5% (33-88)
- Three-point percentage: 38.5% (10-26)
- Rebounds: 43
- Assists: 17
- Turnovers: 8
- Bench points: 12
- Field-goal percentage: 47.9% (35-73)
- Three-point percentage: 33.3% (3-9)
- Rebounds: 42
- Assists: 18
- Turnovers: 18
- Bench points: 48
Curry and Bogut: Anybody else?
Other than the strong performances from Curry and Bogut, the Warriors offense was non-existent. The duo combined for over half of the team’s points, as the rest of the starters did not find their game offensively.
Klay Thompson struggled big-time, as he was an abysmal 3-of-20 from the field (Yes, he missed 17 shots. And his shooting percentage was 15 percent. Fifteen freakin’ percent). It’s not as if he’s not getting good looks; Thompson missed several wide open threes, uncontested jumpers, and easy layups. His inconsistency is maddening, to say the least.
The other two starters — Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, filling in for an injured David Lee — did not fare much better. Iguodala did nothing but rebound and defend (he held Gordon Hayward to eight points on 3-of-10 shooting), and Barnes had eight points, but was 2-of-10, also missing a few open layups.
The Warriors may get away with a disconcerted offense against the Jazz, but not against better teams. They cannot just have Curry play 1-on-5 and expect him to bail them out every time.
Good to Know
The Warriors swept a season series in Utah against the Jazz for the first time since 1981.
Tweet of the Night
I can see why Klay Thompson doesn’t have a twitter
— Jake From State Farm (@JayhoangCA) February 1, 2014
What’s on Tap
Golden State has three days off before facing the Bobcats at home on Tuesday night.