Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut stepped up their games to another level to deliver a win for the cold shooting Golden State Warriors on Jerry Sloan Appreciation Night.
Curry paced the Warriors offensive attack with 44 points, shooting 14-26 from the field. Bogut added another stellar 16 point, 17 rebound performance in the win.
The Warriors survived one of the worst shooting performances of the season from Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes who combined to go just 5-30 from the field. The team shot a low 37% from the floor, and 38% from 3-point range. The Warriors were also without the services of superstar forward David Lee who sat the game out with a sore hip and shoulder.
The Warriors started off hot from the floor in the first quarter with a quick 23-14 lead. This lead evaporated quickly due to the poor shooting and turnovers of the second unit. The Jazz heated up from the outside, and ended the first half on a 16-4 run to take a 48-41 halftime lead.
The Jazz continued to play well into the fourth quarter, and extended their lead to 77-68 advantage with about eight minutes left in the quarter. Coach Mark Jackson could sense that this could be a turning point in the game. He re-inserted Curry and Bogut back into the line-up and the Warriors went on an 11-0 run to take their first lead at 79-77 since late in the first quarter.
Both teams went back and forth for the next few minutes, until Curry was able to put the Warriors ahead for good with a driving lay-up down the lane to take the lead at 89-88. The Warriors would make a few defensive stands, Curry and Iguodala would sink a few free throws, and the Warriors escaped Salt Lake City with the win.
In a losing effort, Utah Jazz back-up point guard Alec Burks scored 26 points on 9-14 shooting to pace the Jazz.
The win for the Warriors upped their record to 29-19, and would give the Warriors their first road sweep of the Utah Jazz since 1981. The Warriors will have the next three days off and return home on Tuesday to face the Charlotte Bobcats.