Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Jazz 130-102

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 6, 2014 at 11:25 pm •  Published: April 6, 2014
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"Curry and Thompson got hot early. They got open looks," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Curry came out with the intent of getting them up early and he made shots."

The shooting display came after Jackson spent about 15 minutes before the game defending the job he has done, saying there's "no friction at all" between him and management. He also said "I'm absolutely convinced my future is just fine."

The scintillating shooting display by Jackson's guard duo, which he has repeatedly proclaimed the "greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history," quickly put the Warriors on firm footing.

Curry, who said he has been battling a cold, made his first four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and six assists in the first quarter to give Golden State a 35-22 lead. After the Warriors went ahead 40-22 early in the second quarter, Utah took advantage of several misses and mistakes by Golden State's second unit to score 13 straight points.

Curry and Co. returned and restored order, ending the half with a 66-52 lead. Curry had 20 points and 11 assists at the break; Utah totaled 10 as a team during that span.

"It's tough, man," Burks said. "I guarded both of them. They're great players and they can really shoot."

Thompson and Curry continued their scoring surge in the third quarter to lift the Warriors ahead 101-73 through three quarters. Both sat out the fourth.

Thompson finished 11 of 20 from the floor, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Curry shot 12 of 18 from the field and 5 of 10 from beyond the arc.

NOTES: Warriors PF David Lee sat out for the sixth straight game with nerve inflammation in his right leg, and his status remains murky. ... The last time the Warriors were 19 games over .500 was when they held a 50-31 record near the end of the 1993-94 season. They finished 50-32. ... The Warriors swept the season series (4-0) against the Jazz for the first time. ... Golden State doesn't play again until hosting Denver on Thursday, while the Jazz face Dallas on Tuesday in Utah.

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