It was a strange game, but all that mattered at the end of the day is that the Golden State Warriors won.
Just to recap how this game went: the Warriors scored 33 points in the first quarter and the Jazz scored 29. In the fourth quarter, the two teams combined for 28 points. Golden State even matched the two teams’ fourth-quarter total with 28 in the third.
The Golden State Warriors beat the Utah Jazz at home on Sunday night, and they did it despite scoring just 11 points in the final period.
The Warriors were in disarray offensively, but thankfully, it didn’t matter because the Jazz were there too. Utah lost on a potential game-winning shot from Bojan Bogdanovic. The Warriors’ league-best defense was on full display as the Jazz shot just 38.3% from the field.
This game was also defined by who wasn’t in the game as both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were sidelined for Utah.
At the same time, Golden State was without the hopeful Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green. Klay Thompson was also rested as he’s still trying to get to full strength, so the Warriors were far from their peak form as well.
So while this game is far from what a potential playoff series might look like, it’s still an ecstatic win for the Warriors. Sure, they’ll need to clean some things up, and Curry really needs to snap out of his funk (1-13 from deep on the night).
That said, at the end of the day, the Warriors did enough to win.
One player that showed his resilience is Damion Lee, scoring 12 points on 8 shots and drilling 4 of his 6 triples. Jordan Poole also shot 7-for-13 from the field. Otto Porter Jr.’s 13 points on 7 shots was also a major factor in the outcome.
Golden State’s 94-92 victory was also their lowest-scoring win this season, having taken down the Cavaliers with only 96 points earlier in the season. 11 points were scored in the last 7 minutes of the game. Given how this game started, that’s absurd to think about.
While the Warriors can move forward knowing they secured another win, there will obviously be things to reevaluate.
Golden State is 3-1 so far in their seven-game homestand. They have the Mavericks, Timberwolves, and Nets on the calendar for the next week before a quick two-game road trip against the Spurs and Kings.