SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz new look and new court paid off nicely Tuesday night with blowout win over the NBA champs.
Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and handed out 11 assists as the Utah Jazz stunned the Golden State Warriors 129-99 on Tuesday night.
The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Warriors, who had won seven of eight before facing the Jazz. It was their largest loss of the season.
Utah now has a three-game win streak for just the third time this season, and handed the Warriors its worst loss of the year.
“It’s one of 82,” said Jazz head coach Quin Snyder. “So we just gotta keep focused on the things that, if we do, help us play well and we won a game. And it was a really good win against an excellent team, and hopefully we can build on it.”
Joe Ingles led a 3-point barrage by the Jazz that gave the team a 13-point lead at halftime that was extended to 18 at the end of the third quarter. The Aussie knocked down a career-high six triples, finished with 20 points and the Jazz shot 50.0 percent from behind the arc. Rubio continued his recent run of strong play and tied his season-high assists. Derrick Favors added 18 points and 10 rebounds while rookie Donovan Mitchell scored 20
The Jazz hit a season-high 58.2 percent of their shots from the field.
Rudy Gobert anchored a defense that cut off a lot of Golden State drives to the basket and the Warriors never put together one of those offensive runs that typically buries their opponents.
“I mean, it’s regular season,” said Gobert. “There’s 82 games and we’ve just got to keep getting better and be ready for the next one. You know, if you beat the Warriors and you lose to a low ranking team, it doesn’t mean anything. A win is a win, and we need a lot of wins.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr seemed to wave the white flag with more than six minutes left in the game, pulling his starters.
Klay Thompson led Golden State with 27 points and six rebounds while Kevin Durant finished with 17. Durant and Stephen Curry were a combined 1 for 12 from 3-point range.
The Jazz next play at Phoenix Friday night.