Fisher, Warriors Rally Past Jazz
Golden State 94, Utah 90
SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 25 (Ticker) -- Derek Fisher was huge from long range in the fourth quarter.
Fisher scored nine of his 11 points in the final period as the Golden State Warriors rallied for a 94-90 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Trailing 90-89, the Warriors squandered a chance to take the lead when Baron Davis missed a pair of free throws with 31 seconds left. But Calbert Cheaney gathered the offensive rebound and found Mike Dunleavy Jr., who buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds to go.
"Whenever I can get a good look at the basket like that and try to help our team win the game, that's what I play for," said Fisher, who made 3-of-7 3-pointers. "I start smiling as the ball is on the way. I enjoy those moments."
"We didn't block off the boards on a rebound, and then they got the rebound and made another three. Those kinds of things hurt you," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.
Struggling offensively, Golden State finally got it going from the perimeter. Dunleavy capped a 10-2 Golden State run with a game-tying three-pointer with just over a minute to play.
During that run, Dunleavy was the recipient of a flagrant foul from Matt Harpring with 1:35 to play. Dunleavy made both free throws, then hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 86-86.
"He (Harpring) just went after me. He got me right in the face," Dunleavy said. "I don't know how bad it looked, but it was a flagrant foul. He wasn't going for the ball. It was just fortunate for us to get two free throws and another possession that late in the game."
After the Jazz went back in front, Jason Richardson made a 3-pointer to give the Warriors their first lead of the game, 89-88. Golden State went 6-of-9 from behind the arc in the fourth quarter.
Richardson scored 29 points and rookie Ike Diogu added 11 for Golden State, which bounced back from Wednesday's 113-89 loss to San Antonio.
"This is one of those games where you kind of feel like you stole, but we'll take it," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "We didn't really do anything well enough throughout the game until the end, but we came away with the win."
The Warriors were able to win despite Davis scoring just 13 points on 3-of-17 shooting.
"We're fighting it out and not giving in," Montgomery said. "We probably made more good plays in the last four minutes than we did the rest of the game. We made some plays at the end, so it feels pretty good."
Jazz rookie Deron Williams scored 24 points and handed out seven assists and Harpring added 21 points for Utah, which failed in its bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season.
"When you fall asleep and don't do the fundamental things of basketball, you're always going to lose," Sloan said.