Golden State Warriors use 42-point third quarter to beat Utah Jazz

Golden State Warriors (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors
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The Golden State Warriors scored 42 points against the Utah Jazz in the third quarter, going on to win the game 126-101.

Following up their Christmas Day win over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz 126-101 on Wednesday at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

The Warriors once again had trouble creating some separation in the first half, going up 48-47 at halftime. They came out of the locker room re-energized as usual, making the necessary adjustments to force a 42-22 third quarter. The Dubs continued to keep the Jazz at bay in the fourth quarter, successfully closing out the contest.

Wednesday night’s win over the Jazz increases their win streak to two consecutive games, improving their overall win/loss record to 28-7. Thanks to James Harden‘s 3-game losing streak, the Warriors have overtaken the Houston Rockets for the first seed in the Western Conference.

The Dubs will play again on Friday when they host Kemba Walker and the Charlotte Hornets at Oracle. Fans not going to the game will be able to catch all the action via NBC Bay Area Sports television or 95.7 The Game radio.

In other news, Stephen Curry will be re-evaluated on Friday and hopefully be cleared to play soon. He’s also set to undergo a 5-on-5 scrimmage that will help determine his readiness. As much as the offense has suffered without him, the team has really found its footing defensively, and a number of the players have surprisingly stepped up in his absence.

Let’s take a look at a few of the top three players that stepped up against the Jazz on Wednesday.