Warriors rebuff Jazz in Game 1
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[May 03, 2017]
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The
defensive-minded Utah Jazz would like to shorten the games against
the Golden State Warriors, the NBA's highest-scoring team, in their
Western Conference semifinal playoff series.
But as Utah coach Quin Snyder informed his players after the Jazz's
106-94 loss Tuesday in Game 1 of the best-of-seven set, having the
offense show up three or four minutes late for the first and fourth
quarters was not what he had in mind.
The Warriors used a 9-0 game-opening burst to create a lead they
never relinquished, and a 10-0 flurry at the start of the fourth
quarter to put the Jazz away for good.
"If you have those moments where you're not urgent enough," Snyder
said, "they just punish you for it."
Game 2 is scheduled for Thursday, also on the Warriors' home floor.
All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, led by Stephen
Curry with 22 points in only 30 minutes, helping Golden State, the
top seed in the West, remain unbeaten in five contests this
"We picked up right where we left off," Curry said, referring back
to Golden State's 4-0 sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the
first round, which ended with a 128-103 road blowout. "I think our
defense to start the first quarter gave us a chance to settle in
offensively and find our rhythm. That's what you need in the
playoffs -- to really assert yourself and get the momentum on your
Knocking off any of the rust that might have accumulated in seven
days off leading into the series, the Warriors shot 48.8 percent
against a Utah team that was playing barely 48 hours after having
dispatched the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of their first-round
"I don't want to blame it on fatigue at all," said Jazz star Gordon
Hayward, who missed 11 of his 15 shots and was limited to 12 points.
"They just came out firing and knocked us back a little bit."
Down by as many as 17 in the first half, the fifth-seeded Jazz
managed to hang within 82-73 in the final minute of the third
After Draymond Green closed the third quarter with a pair of free
throws that made it an 11-point game, the Warriors pulled away at
the start of the final period.
Green had two hoops, including a 3-pointer, in 10-0 the run, during
which the Jazz missed six consecutive shots before Joe Johnson
dropped in a 3-pointer 3:45 into the period.
"Every time they went on a run," said Warriors assistant coach Mike
Brown, who was filling in for Steve Kerr, "it seemed we locked in
The runaway allowed the Warriors to give Curry the fourth quarter
off after he tweaked his left ankle on a drive to the hoop in the
Curry later said the injury was not serious, labeling his late rest
Curry hit seven of his 11 shots en route to his game-high scoring
total. He also found time for seven rebounds and five assists.
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Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown (right) instructs guard Stephen
Curry (30) during the third quarter in game one of the second round
of the 2017 NBA Playoffs against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The
Warriors defeated the Jazz 106-94. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA
Green had a team-high eight rebounds to go with 17
points, six assists, two steals and two blocked shots.
Kevin Durant added 17 points and Klay Thompson 15 for Golden State,
which also opened its first-round series against Portland with a
Golden State won despite sinking only 7 of 29 3-point attempts. The
Warriors committed just seven turnovers, but they forced 14, which
they turned into 20 points.
"That is huge for us," Curry said, "to win the possession game
against a team that loves to slow it down."
Rudy Gobert had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the
Jazz, who won three times on the road in their first-round series
against the Clippers.
Reserve Rodney Hood matched Hayward's 12-point total, and Johnson
"I think both teams can shoot better," said Snyder, whose team made
46.3 percent of its shots. "I thought (Hayward) had some clean
looks. He's been making those, and I would anticipate him making
NOTES: Both teams played at full strength despite pregame concerns
regarding Jazz PF Derrick Favors (sore back), Warriors PG Shaun
Livingston (sprained right index finger) and Warriors SF Matt Barnes
(sprained right foot). ... The Warriors honored their 2007 team --
labeled "We Believe" during a first-round playoff win over the
top-seeded Dallas Mavericks -- in an on-court ceremony between the
first and second quarters. Among those present: PG Baron Davis, SG
Jason Richardson, SF Stephen Jackson and backup PG Monta Ellis, one
of two team members (along with Barnes) who remain active in the
league. Noticeably absent was coach Don Nelson. ... The timing of
the ceremony was a bit curious. The Warriors were eliminated 4-1 by
the Jazz in the second round that year. ... Golden State and Utah
have met three times in the postseason, with the Warriors winning
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