Curry scores season-high 44, Warriors beat Jazz

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 1, 2014 at 1:21 am •  Published: February 1, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry threw up some improbable 3-point shots just to see if he still had it.

"I call them 'heat checks'," Curry said.

The Golden State Warriors needed all of Curry's continued hot shooting against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Curry scored a season-high 44 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lead the Warriors past Utah 95-90 on a night the Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan.

One game after shooting 8 of 10 in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers, Curry said, "Every time I have a clean look, I feel like it's a good shot. I have the confidence of everybody in the locker room. So if it's time to score and I'm feeling the moment, I got to rise up."

Curry had 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors came from nine points behind to win on back-to-back nights.

"He got hot. He was shooting it from deep. He would come down in transition, guys running at him and he was still making them," said Utah coach Ty Corbin, who tried switching defenses and doubling Curry to no avail.

Andrew Bogut had 16 points, 17 rebounds and five assists to help overcome the loss of David Lee (shoulder, hip) and a horrendous shooting night from backcourt mate Klay Thompson, who was 3 of 20 for 11 points.

"I just let the game come to me. I got some open looks from Steph because he was on fire out there. Thankfully I made them, but we won this game defensively in the fourth in my opinion," Bogut said.

Reserve guard Alec Burks had 26 points on a variety of jumpers and acrobatic drives, but it wasn't enough for Utah, which dealt with injuries to three frontcourt players.

The Jazz played without starting forward Marvin Williams (heel), center Derrick Favors (hip) and starter Jeremy Evans had 10 points before leaving the game in the second quarter after a scary fall.

In a halftime ceremony, the Jazz honored Sloan, their former Hall of Fame coach. They raised a banner at EnergySolutions Arena featuring the number "1223," which represents the combined number of Sloan's regular season (1,127) and playoff (96) victories in his 23 years as head coach of the Jazz from 1988-2011.

Karl Malone, John Stockton, long-time assistant Phil Johnson and Utah owner Gail Miller were among those who spoke during the festivities, which brought long periods of sustained ovations.

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