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Warriors beat Jazz 94-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Golden State Warriors knew they had let one slip away days before Christmas against the Los Angeles Lakers.

This time, Stephen Curry made sure history wouldn't repeat against another Western Conference opponent.

He scored Golden State's first 11 points, then hit 2 of 3 shots in the fourth quarter, including his fourth 3-pointer, to lead the Warriors over the Utah Jazz 94-83 on Wednesday night.

"We were on a mission to come out and play well and keep our road (swagger) — the way we (did) earlier this year," said Curry, who finished with 23 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a blocked shot. "Everybody stepped up and played a physical game. We did what we had to get the job done tonight."

The loss was only the third at home for the Jazz this season, while Golden State improved to 11-6 on the road.

"They feed off their crowd and they play hard for 48 minutes. But we do the same thing. We wanted to start off well," Curry said.

He set the tone by hitting consecutive 3-pointers and making three free throws after being fouled on another shot beyond the arc — all in less than a minute early in the first quarter.

"He had a good night," said Jazz point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who had his hands full trying to guard Curry while filling in for the injured Mo Williams.

"He's an aggressive point guard. You just got to try to get the ball out of his hands. But he made tough shots."

Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson had 15 points apiece for the Warriors, who held a 25-5 advantage on fastbreak points and hit 9 of 18 3-point attempts.

The Jazz held a 40-32 advantage on points in the paint but the rebounding battle was virtually even as the Warriors held Utah to a season-low 83 points.

"We just tried to make them into a jump-shooting team,," Curry said of the Jazz, who shot 38.6 percent and hit only 4 of 17 3-pointers.

"They have probably one of the best collaborative big-man rotations. . We played a lot more zone tonight to force them into long jump shots."

Al Jefferson led Utah with 18 points and 10 rebounds. But he didn't get much help from the other Jazz starters. Tinsley was 0 for 3, Randy Foye 3 of 10, Paul Millsap 4 of 10 and Marvin Williams 1 of 6. Sixth man Gordon Hayward was 3 of 10 and Alec Burks 4 of 11.

"Bad shooting," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We bailed (Golden State) out by taking early shots instead of going inside."

Corbin said the Jazz missed the pace usually provided by Williams, who is out indefinitely with a severely sprained right thumb.

"He can attack the rim, take a shot, make a shot and we just didn't get that tonight. It was a sluggish effort all night," Corbin said.

Millsap added 14 points for Utah and Enes Kanter added 10 off the bench on 4-of-4 shooting.

The Warriors led by as many as 15 points in the first half, and took a 75-58 lead into the fourth quarter.

On Saturday, they let a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead slip away in an 118-115 overtime loss to the Lakers.

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