When ranking the most effective back court in the NBA, it’s hard not to think of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as the most effective duo in the league. They made a very strong case for it Sunday night, combining for 64 points while sitting out the entire fourth quarter and leading Golden State to a 130-102 win over the Utah Jazz.
The Warriors (48-29) went for the season sweep against Utah (24-53) and a chance to keep pace with the surging Mavericks who are currently only a 1.5 games behind them in the Western Conference standings. Utah came into the game with the fifth worst record in the league and currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. These are the types of games the Warriors have been inconsistent with at home all season, dropping to the likes of the New York Knicks (33-45), Cleveland Cavaliers (31-47), and Charlotte Bobcats (39-38) to name a few. Curry and Thompson would not let that happen Sunday against Jazz.
Any time either Curry or Thompson touched the ball a shot was going up, and it was likely going in. They combined for 23-38 (60%) shooting, including 12-20 on threes. Curry had 16 assists to boot, including a double-double at half-time. Utah simply looked outmatched when trying to play defense against the Warriors, who moved the ball so quickly and effortlessly, finding open shooters almost every trip down the floor. Coach Mark Jackson unloaded the bench in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors went home with a solid victory.
“Just great focus by my guys. Just a great job of understanding there’s been some games we’ve lost here which weren’t happy with,” said Jackson after the game. “We talked about finishing the season the right way, these last two games have been a thing of beauty.”
The Warriors look to make it three in a row against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday at Oracle.
Note: Andrew Bogut returned after missing the last four games with a bruised groin, posting six points in 23 minutes of play.