Curry scores 22 to lead Warriors over Jazz 98-87

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 18, 2013 at 11:52 pm •  Published: November 18, 2013
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry found his shooting stroke in the second quarter, and it was more than enough to push the Golden State Warriors past the struggling Utah Jazz.

Curry scored 22 points and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had 17 apiece in the Warriors' 98-87 victory Monday night.

Curry had eight assists and made four 3-pointers before a scary play in the fourth quarter left him a little woozy. The star guard left the game after Utah's Marvin Williams landed on his head in a scramble for a loose ball.

"I went to reach for the ball and the next thing I know, I hit the ground pretty hard and then I think Marvin landed on me," Curry said.

After a couple of minutes to gain his bearings, Curry got up slowly and left the court under his own power with a towel draped over his head. But he is expected to play in Wednesday's home game against Memphis.

"I've got a nasty headache but I'll be all right," he said.

The Warriors made 12 of 22 attempts from 3-point range and led by as many as 28 points.

"When you defend, rebound and run, it's hard to guard us. Any one of us can make a play in transition," Curry said.

Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and Williams had 16 but the Jazz (1-11) dropped their third straight after earning their lone win of the season.

Playing without injured center Jermaine O'Neal, the Warriors got 14 points and 14 rebounds from David Lee and Andrew Bogut added 13 boards and three blocked shots to neutralize Utah's inside presence.

What the Jazz lack (and the Warriors have in spades) became apparent in the fourth quarter. After clawing within striking distance, Utah missed eight of its first nine shots in the final period.

The Jazz are among the worst shooting teams in the league, converting less than 41 percent of their attempts. They were even worse against Golden State, finishing at 39.5 percent despite an abundance of clean looks at the rim.

"We missed some outside jump shots and they were off to the races and in transition," Hayward said. "It's frustrating and we have to play smarter."

On the other end, the Warriors heated up in the final period to put the game away. Thompson's layup with 7:56 to play extended the lead to 92-69.

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