Stephen Curry lifted the Warriors to a 95-90 win over the Jazz in Utah on Friday night. Curry scored 30 of his season-high 44 points in the second half, shooting 8-of-13 from three-point range. Andrew Bogut flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and 5 assists - his first such game since 2006. The Warriors held the Jazz to 33.3% shooting while forcing 18 turnovers. The win pushes the Warriors record to 29-19, with the team looking to reach 30 wins when they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday evening.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's win:
"The guys, I challenged them. The good teams, they play their best after they play their best. Not too many teams do that. And the challenge was for us to respond after a big win against the Clippers and put forth the same type of energy and effort. I thought the second half was great. (Andrew Bogut) Boges was spectacular. Draymond (Green) gave us great minutes. Steph (Curry) was obviously Steph. But just overall, a big-time win for us against a team that has certainly played better than they had played to start this season. And now, we get a couple days of rest."
On Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut:
"I tell you what, it wasn’t just them. Our defense overall, we leave 42 points in the second half. But overall, we made them work. We made multiple effort plays. Boges (Andrew Bogut) and Draymond (Green) are elite defenders, and you surround them with Klay (Thompson) and Andre (Iguodala) or Harrison (Barnes) and Steph (Curry). They battled, they competed. And we gutted out a big win."
Stephen Curry
On the game:
"They are a different team at home. Obviously their record is what it is, but they are an NBA team and they are talented. We let them do what they wanted to do on the floor. We knew it was going to be a tough game. Especially without one of our stars (David Lee) out on the floor. It was a big win for us, back-to-back. We had to claw our way out of it. Everybody chipped in on the offensive and defensive ends."
On his performance:
"Started off I had a couple of heat checks from last night, shot the ball well last night and started off the game tonight on the same pace. Stretched the defense that way. We were kind of a little stagnant for two-and-a-half quarters. Obviously heavy legs from the back-to-back kicking in, but we dug deep and found a way to not only to get baskets but get stops down the stretch to get the win. Without David Lee, we needed big games from a lot of different people to get the win."
Andrew Bogut
On the win:
"They battled hard. They are not having a great season record-wise, but they are battling and shuffling the lineup. They have guys out there playing hard. We came up with a big-momentum win yesterday and had to come out tonight and make sure we finished the job properly."
On picking up his offense without David Lee:
"I wasn’t trying to go out there and pick up the scoring because David is out. I just let the game come to me. I got some open looks from Steph (Curry) because he was on fire out there. Thankfully I made them tonight. We won this game defensively in the fourth in my opinion. The ball was moving well. Steph was shooting the lights out. He basically carried us offensively."
The Warriors are in the middle of a home-heavy portion of the schedule, but they visit the Jazz on Friday for one of two road games during an 11-game stretch that leads into the NBA All-Star Break. This will be the third of four matchups between the two teams this season, and the Warriors won the first two in consecutive games back in November. Playing in Salt Lake City has traditionally been tough for the Dubs, and a win on Friday would be just the second time in franchise history that the Warriors get multiple victories in Utah in the same season.
The Warriors had their way with the Clippers in Thursday’s 111-92 victory on at Oracle Arena. Andrew Bogut controlled the interior with 14 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks and David Lee also had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, as the Warriors outscored the Clippers 66-22 in the paint. Stephen Curry added 22 points and seven assists on 8-of-10 shooting, while Klay Thompson added 16 points of his own. The Dubs also got a boost from their bench, as Marreese Speights chipped in 12 points and Harrison Barnes had 10 points along with the dunk of the night. The win pushes the Warriors record to 28-19. GAME RECAP
One of the top criticisms of the Warriors this season has been the team’s inconsistent effort. While they show up with great focus for games against elite opponents, they have “played down to their competition” against lesser opponents on some occasions. That’s a very dangerous habit, particularly against a Jazz team that has shown improvement in recent contests. That’s precisely why the Warriors should try to duplicate the aggressiveness they displayed at the start of Thursday’s win over the Clippers. Instead of settling for jumpshots, the Dubs attacked the basket and attempted to push the tempo whenever possible. That aggressive mindset paid off, as the Warriors out-scored the Clippers 66-22 in points in the paint. While that kind of differential won’t happen every time out, the Warriors will benefit more often than not if they make the early effort to attack the opposing defense.
Harrison Barnes has seen his fair share of ups and downs this season, but he put together one of his best games of the season on Thursday. He didn’t shoot the lights out, but he impacted the game in other ways. He crashed the glass and grabbed eight rebounds in just 24 minutes of game action, a nice compliment to his 10 points and highlight-reel dunks. If Barnes, who was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend for the second straight season, can provide that kind of production on a consistent basis, that can go a long way in shoring up a reserve unit that has been considered to be the team’s biggest weak spot.
Winners of their last two games, the Jazz are seeking their first three-game winning streak of the season. Utah is in rebuilding mode and they certainly have some valuable pieces to work with. Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, albeit young players with plenty of room to grow, do an admirable job of holding down the center position. On the wing, Gordon Hayward has been a consistent source of production. The fourth-year guard recently returned to action from a hip injury and leads the team with 17.3 points per game. The Jazz have seven players who average at least nine points, including Rookie of the Year candidate Trey Burke, who ranks in the top five among first year players in free throw percentage (1st – 90.6%), assists (2nd – 5.7 apg), scoring (3rd – 13.3 ppg), minutes (3rd – 31.0 mpg) and 3-point percentage (5th – 35.8%). While the Warriors are the better team on paper, they still have a tough task ahead of them as they attempt to win in a tough environment on the back end of a back-to-back.
Injury Report
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Nemanja Nedovic (left hamstring strain) and Jermaine O’Neal (recovery from right wrist surgery) are out. Ognjen Kuzmic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

UTA: Trey Burke (gastric distress), Derrick Favors (sore right hip) and Richard Jefferson (gastric distress) are gametime decisions.