Nov 16, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) points towards the hoop against the Utah Jazz in the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Curry Goes For 44 In Warriors' Win Over Jazz

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

Warriors

  • Field-goal percentage: 37.5% (33-88)
  • Three-point percentage: 38.5% (10-26)
  • Rebounds: 43
  • Assists: 17
  • Turnovers: 8
  • Bench points: 12

Jazz

  • 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.

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