Warriors improve to 9-1 at home this season, beating Jazz 129-118

The Golden State Warriors got their ninth home win of the season on Friday by beating the Utah Jazz 129-118 at the Chase Center. While the Jazz were expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season, Utah has shown surprising depth this year, entering the game with a 12-8 record.

The Warriors took advantage of a cold shooting start from the Jazz in the first half. Utah started the game an abysmal 3-for-21 out of three, despite several open looks. The Dubs defense deserves some credit for the fight, but luck was on Golden State’s side as they built a 37-23 lead late in the first quarter.

The Draymond Green-led second unit struggled on Friday, with the Jazz cutting the Warriors’ lead in half while Curry sat on the bench to begin the second quarter. Golden State’s early lead might deceive you, but their offense missed numerous opportunities to build an even bigger lead during Utah’s shooting slump. However, a combination of lost possession and some missed shots in the paint prevented the Warriors from driving away. Instead, they led 59-51 at the halfway mark.

Suddenly, the Jazz began to capitalize on their open threes early in the second half and were able to erase the Warriors’ lead while Curry was on the ground. With 7:21 left in the third quarter, a three by Lauri Markkanen gave the Jazz a 71–70 lead, their first of the game.

Klay Thompson led a Warriors rally in response to help the Dubs build some distance from the Jazz again. He finished the third quarter with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting from three, helping Golden State to fourth with a 97-86 lead.

Green’s second unit fared much better in the second half, going just -2 before Curry returned to the floor with eight minutes left in the rules. The Jazz stayed within striking distance for most of the fourth quarter, but failed to string together enough stops to get within eight points.

Curry, as always, led the way for the Warriors with 33 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. He finished with a game-high +21 plus/min, even though he had his most turnover sensitive game of the season, finishing with 5 giveaways. Every other member of the Warriors starting lineup scored at least 10 points.

Thompson was quiet outside the third quarter, finishing the game 6-for-14 from the field with 17 points. Andrew Wiggins turned in another outstanding overall performance with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and a block. Green added 13 points. Kevon Looney had his first double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Off the bench, Jordan Poole took advantage of Utah’s struggling big men, scoring 19 points in addition to 4 boards and 5 assists.

Like the Dubs, every member of the Jazz’s starting lineup finished with double-digit point totals. Markkanen led Utah with 24 points and +14 plus/minus. Kelly Olynyk was hyper-efficient, scoring 21 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Jordan Clarkson also scored 21. Jarred Vanderbilt had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.

After Friday’s win, the Warriors are back at .500 with a 10-10 record on the season. Now the Dubs will try to beat their 1-9 road record with a two-game road trip. They have the day off before meeting the Timberwolves in Minnesota on Sunday, with an opening tip scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Pacific.

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