The Road Warriors were back at it again Wednesday night, defeating the Jazz 94-83 in Utah. Stephen Curry led the way for the Dubs with 23 points, seven assists and eight rebounds. David Lee fell just short of another double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds. Klay Thompson added 15 points, while Jarrett Jack chipped in 15 of his own off the bench. The win gives the Warriors 11 on the road this season, matching their road win total from all of last season. They’ll be back in action Friday when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers at home.
On the game tonight:
"It was a great team effort, we defended and held them to a season low with 83 points, and we paid attention to detail and played our pace."
On winning in a tough arena to play in:
"We made shots, we defended the basketball, we understood what could help us. Our guys did a great job of following the game plan, taking care of the basketball and not allowing them to dominate the paint and dominate the boards."
On defeating the Jazz at home:
"It’s a big road win for us, especially after the way we finished the game at home against L.A. (Lakers) this past weekend. We were on a mission to come out and play well and keep our road swag the way we have early in this year. Everybody stepped up and played a physical game and did what we had to do to get the job done tonight."
On what the game plan was:
"We obviously know (the Jazz) play well at home and feed off their crowd and they play hard for 48 minutes, but we do the same. We wanted to start off well and not let them get any momentum so that the crowd can stay out of it as much as possible, so we can have some confidence early in the game."
On the win over the Jazz:
"I think our team did a great job coming off of a loss and getting refocused. We had a couple of days to get away from the game. Those were some frustrating days – all of us couldn’t wait to get back on the court and play another game after our loss to L.A. (Lakers), a game which I thought we should have won."
On defeating the Jazz at home:
"This Utah team has been playing well at home. I think physically we out-competed those guys tonight. Steph (Curry) obviously had an unbelievable game. I thought we just did a very good job of closing out when we had a lead. There has been a lot of games this year where we had a lead and let the other team creep back into it. It’s good we didn’t do that tonight because when (the Jazz) get their crowd behind them in the fourth quarter like that, they are pretty good."
On how big of a win this is:
"It’s a tremendous road win for us. We kind of just felt, the past two or three games despite winning or losing, we haven’t been playing our brand of basketball. Regardless if you win or lose, you can form some bad habits and winning can kind of compound that, in a sense. I thought tonight, for as close to 48 minutes as we could, we played Warriors basketball."
On the Warriors' toughness:
"There were some comments made about our basketball team, basically calling us a soft team. I think tonight, and not just tonight but over the course of the season, we showed that’s not the case. That was kind of the old stigma with the Golden State Warriors, but I think this group is an ultimate bunch. I’m not pointing towards any altercation – that’s not being tough. Tough is being able to go on the road, withstand runs, mentally execute all of your plays and tune out this noisy crowd that always keep them in games, and still come in here and execute and be successful."
CALLING ON THE ROAD WARRIORS
After piling on the wins for the better part of a month, the Warriors have suddenly lost two of their last three games and they head into Wednesday’s showdown with the Jazz hungry to get back in the win column. Golden State is one of just two teams to win as many as 10 games on the road season, and there’s no question they’d like to re-capture the form they displayed during the recent 6-1 road trip.
LAST TIME OUT
A classic Warriors-Lakers matchup ended in disappointing fashion for the home team, as the Warriors fell just short in a 118-115 high-octane overtime affair at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. The game featured 20 lead changes, seven of which took place after the close of the third quarter, but Stephen Curry’s potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds was off the mark. The loss squandered an otherwise brilliant night from Jarrett Jack, who came through with 29 points and 11 assists. David Lee contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds and Curry finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
DAVID BEING DAVID
Warriors guard Jarrett Jack is coming off his best performance of the season. His 29 points and 11 assists were both season highs, and he became the first Warriors reserve to post 20-plus points and 10-plus assists since starters were indicated in box scores in 1970-71. His effort on Saturday added to a trend of strong performances for the reserve guard, who is now averaging 17.4 points, 6.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds over the last eight games.
UTAH SCOUTING REPORT
Through the years, opponents have had a tough time winning in Salt Lake City, and this season that’s as true as ever. The Jazz are 9-2 at home this season, having only lost to Memphis and the Clippers. Utah has a pair of double-double machines in Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, and when you factor in the ability of Derrick Favors, it makes sense why the Jazz are tied for third in offensive rebounding and fourth in blocks. If the Warriors can win the battle on the glass, they should have a good shot at winning on the scoreboard as well.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.
UTA: Mo Williams (sprained right thumb) is out indefinitely. Raja Bell is not with the team.