OAKLAND (ABC4 Sports) – For three quarters, the Utah Jazz went toe-to-toe with the two-time defending NBA champions.
Then, Steph Curry took over in the fourth quarter.
Curry scored eight points in less than a minute, as the Golden State Warriors came from behind to send the Utah Jazz into the All-Star break with a 115-108 loss.
Curry had 24 points on 8 of 19 shooting. The two-time MVP missed his first five shots beyond the arc and finished 5 of 14 on 3’s. Kevin Durant led Golden State with 28 points.
Donovan Mitchell had 25 points on 10 of 29 shooting, to go along with seven rebounds for Utah. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 16 rebounds. Gobert’s double-double is his 46th of the season.
Klay Thompson scored 22 and DeMarcus Cousins added 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Golden State to its fourth straight win and 16th in 17.
The loss was Utah’s 4th in their last 16 games.
After a sluggish start in which they committed 8 turnovers in the first quarter and fell behind by 11, the Jazz rallied in the second quarter to cut the halftime deficit to 47-44.
The Jazz took an 91-84 lead early in the fourth before the Warriors went on a 21-4 run to take control for good.
”They made some tough shots and then I thought we just wore down a little bit and had some breakdowns defensively late where they were able to get clean looks,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ”They’re too good to give them good looks, and they got some.”
”They were rolling offensively,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said of the Jazz. ”We turned up the volume defensively down the stretch. Steph got hot and we were able to push (ahead).”
Andre Iguodala helped spark the surge with a steal and dunk while Thompson had a 3-pointer and reverse layup, but it was Curry’s burst that was key.
Curry made back-to-back 3-pointers then drove around Ricky Rubio for an easy layup that put the Warriors up 105-95.
Ricky Rubio had 16 points and six assists, while Royce O’Neale and Derrick Favors each had 13 points for the Jazz.
Utah goes into the All-Star break with a record of 32-25, and are in sixth place in the Western Conference.
The Jazz will resume action on February 22nd at Oklahoma City.