LAST TIME OUT
After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, the Warriors stormed back into the game and held on for a 97-94 road win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Engaged in a classic battle with Kevin Love (29 points, 12 rebounds), David Lee came through with a season-high 31 points and eight rebounds. Charles Jenkins came up huge in the fourth quarter, scoring what turned out to be the game-winning basket with 20 seconds left. Jenkins finished with 19 points and seven assists for the Warriors, and both Klay Thompson and Richard Jefferson added 13 apiece. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. JAZZ
The Warriors will close out their four-game season series with the Jazz on Friday, and the matchup will also wrap up a four-game road trip for Golden State. The Warriors have lost two of their three games against Utah this season, but both defeats went down to the wire. Golden State will be looking to build off of the momentum created by Wednesday's win, and they'll look to pick up a win against a Jazz team that is trying to fight its way into the playoff picture. Utah is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference, 1.5 games behind the eighth and final playoff spot.
SEIZING THE MOMENT
As mentioned above, Charles Jenkins played a big role in Wednesday nights win over the Jazz. That game marked further proof of the rookie guards ongoing improvement throughout the season. The 44th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft has gone from receiving limited playing time to being a starting point guard who has averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 55.6 percent from the field over his last seven games.
Wednesdays victory marked the Warriors 10th road win of the season, matching last seasons win total away from home. The 2010-11 Warriors needed 41 games to get 10 road wins, whereas this years squad did it in their 26th road contest. The team still needs to improve upon its victory total to achieve their ultimate goals, but improving its road performance is certainly a step in the right direction.
FINDING HIS WAY
Richard Jefferson has picked up his play as of late after struggling in his first few games with the Warriors following his trade from the Spurs. Hes provided a nice spark off the bench in recent contests, averaging 12.0 points on 72.2 percent shooting over the last three games. Furthermore, hes been absolutely lethal from long distance, shooting 8-for-9 on 3-pointers during that stretch.
Injuries:Warriors - Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) and Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) are out. Jazz - Devin Harris (left ankle sprain) is a game-time decision. Raja Bell (left knee recovery) and Josh Howard (left knee surgery) are out.
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