Jazz send Warriors to 6th straight loss, 115-101
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly two months on, Utah Jazz players hadn't forgotten the embarrassing double-digit loss they suffered at home to Golden State.
They evened the score Tuesday night with a 115-101 victory over the Warriors.
"Everyone kept saying, 'We owed them,'" guard Randy Foye said of a spirited Monday night practice session. "Tonight we came out and had a different swag about us. . We wanted to show them they're not going to walk over us this time."
Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 in his return from a shoulder injury and the Jazz never trailed in extending the Warriors' losing streak to six games.
Seven Jazz players scored in double figures and Utah got 47 points from its reserves.
Utah also made 10 of 21 3-pointers, including three by Foye, who finished with 15 points.
The Jazz viewed the win as a double-victory considering they entered the night with as many wins but two more losses than the Warriors. Golden State (30-23) remains percentage points ahead of the Jazz (31-24) for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race. The teams play once more, in April.
The Warriors were hoping the All-Star break would refresh them after they dropped five straight to ruin a strong start to the season.
Despite what coach Mark Jackson said was a sharp practice the night before, the Warriors had the same defensive struggles during a skid that saw them allow opponents 118 points a game on 49 percent shooting and 43 percent from 3-point range.
"It is another uncharacteristic performance by us," Jackson said. "We have to find ourselves."
He insisted it wasn't time to give up.
"I am not going to jump off this ship," Jackson said. "I believe in my guys . but we have to find five guys on the floor that are going to scratch, claw and compete because history tells me that the only way out of a funk like this is working our way out of it."
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 29 points, Jarrett Jack had 19 off the bench and David Lee contributed 18 on 9-of-13 shooting. Center Andrew Bogut was held scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting in 15 minutes.
Lee's runner and Curry's fourth 3-pointer pulled the Warriors within 93-87 with 9:47 remaining.
That's as close as they would get.
Paul Millsap's turnaround jumper ignited a 6-0 Utah run and the Jazz held the Warriors to 30 percent shooting in the fourth.
Utah has won three straight and seven of its last 10.
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