Warriors beat Jazz 94-83

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm •  Published: December 26, 2012
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This time they kept piling it on.

Curry showed how important it was to keep the pressure on, getting hit hard on a fastbreak layup and giving an emphatic fist pump as the ball dropped through the net and bumped Golden State's lead to 79-60 with about 10 minutes remaining.

He then drained another 3-pointer to make it 82-62 with 9:10 left.

Game over.

The Jazz, meanwhile, looked like a team that struggled to go 2-2 on a recent road trip that saw them outscored by 20 against Indiana and by 16 against Miami.

They had to rally from 16 down Sunday to beat Orlando.

Corbin spoke before the game about wanting to give Jazz fans a nice Christmas gift.

Instead the game was a dud, except for brief fireworks in the second quarter when Kanter grabbed an offensive rebound and swung his elbows wide at Carl Landry. Derrick Favors went to defend teammate Kanter but ended up in a shoving match with Jack, a fellow Georgia Tech player.

Favors and Jack were assessed double technicals and Kanter his own technical, with Jack making the free throw for a 32-23 lead with 9:19 left in the half.

"We're friends in the summertime and off the court but on the court we're enemies," Favors said of his relationship with Jack. "He went after one of my teammates so I got to help out."

Jack wasn't about to back down either.

"There were some comments made about our basketball team, basically calling us a soft team," Jack said. "Over the course of the week we showed that's not the case. That was kind of the old stigma with the Golden State Warriors, but I think this group is an ultimate bunch."

He insisted he was referring not to the altercation but being tough on the road.

"Tough is being able to go on the road, withstand runs, mentally execute your plays and tune out this noisy crowd," he said.

The Jazz would make a second-quarter run, pulling within five after consecutive baskets by Millsap and a 3-pointer by Hayward.

But the Warriors hit two more 3s — by Jack and Thompson — to take a 49-37 halftime lead.

"The guy is an All-Star," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Curry. "There's no question about it. Playing at an elite level. Defending. Being a maestro for us on the offensive end. Attacking. It's great to see him healthy and being a catalyst for this basketball team in all the success we've had."

NOTES: Neither team shot particularly well in the first half, the Jazz hitting 15 of 41 shots and the Warriors 15 of 39. But Golden State made 7 of 9 from 3-point range, including 3 of 4 by Curry. The Jazz shot just 33.3 percent in the first quarter and 29 percent in the third. . The Jazz were outscored 16-0 on the break in the first half. . Wednesday's win was the Warriors' first in Salt Lake City since Feb. 16, 2011. . Utah committed 15 turnovers.



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