The Golden State Warriors were tested on the road by the Utah Jazz, but as they have all season, the defending champs made enough plays to pull out a 106-103 victory to improve their record start to 19-0. The Warriors have won 23 straight regular-season games dating back to last season.
The Jazz actually went up 99-97 with just over two minutes left on a strong Derrick Favors and-1, but then Stephen Curry did his MVP thing and buried a tough step-back jumper to tie the game. The Warriors’ frenzied defense forced a turnover on the other end, and although Curry missed a fast-break layup, Draymond Green cleaned up the mess for a two-point lead.
Favors knocked down two free throws, and then it was Curry time again:
Rodney Hood finished strong on the other end to make it a one-point game before the unthinkable happened…Curry missed a dagger three! That gave the Jazz the ball down just one with a chance to win, but Hood missed a decent look at three (it was a bit early), and Curry grabbed the loose ball and iced the game at the free throw line.
Curry started slow, but he still finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists. His four three-pointers gave him 77 in November:
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Green and Klay Thompson both poured in 20 points, and Ian Clark provided some punch off the bench with 12 points on four three-pointers to help make up for the absence of Harrison Barnes. Shaun Livingston also came up big in the fourth quarter, even hitting his first three of the season. This team is amazing.