STEPH Curry and Kevin Durant outscored the entire Utah team in the first half, setting the tone for the Golden State Warriors’ 30-point romp over the misfiring Jazz, 104-74, at the Oracle Arena on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time).
Golden State turned the game into a blowout early, turning a 28-23 lead midway through the second quarter into a 22-point advantage at the half, 55-33. Klay Thompson scored 11 of his 13 first half points in the second period, while Curry and Kevin Durant had 21 and 16 markers, respectively, four more than the entire Jazz squad before the break.
The Warriors refused to coast in the second half, leading by as much as 36, 96-60, at the 8-minute mark of the fourth while the Jazz couldn’t buy a bucket. Golden State’s defense forced Utah to 23 turnovers and limited the Jazz gunners Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood to just 2-of-15 shooting for a total of six points.
Curry ended up with 25 points, including four triples, as the league-leading Warriors improved to 25-4 after winning their fifth straight game. Durant and Thompson added 22 and 17 markers, respectively. Draymond Green had another solid all-around effort with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five steals, and four assists.
Joe Johnson led Utah with 14 points, but the Jazz saw their four-game win run snapped and fell to 18-11. Rudy Gobert had a double-double with 11 points and 16 boards. Trey Lyles and Joe Ingles also scored 11 apiece for the Jazz.