Steph Curry, Andrew Wiggins fuel big win over Jazz

What we learned as the Warriors score an impressive win over Jazz originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO — The feisty Utah Jazz were one of the biggest surprises during the early part of the season and they showed why Friday night at the Chase Center.

The Warriors came out of the gates hitting on all cylinders, scoring 37 points in the first quarter in what appeared to be an easy win. The easy part was not the case. The victory was.

Knocking down in the second half with their stars showing up in the clutch, the Warriors cruised to a 129-118 victory. Hello, .500 clubs! With their 11-point victory, the Warriors are now 10-10 on the season before traveling to face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday and the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday.

All five Warriors scored in double figures. Steph Curry led the way with 33 runs, followed by 20 apiece from Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins, 13 from Draymond Green and 10 from Kevon Looney.

Jordan Poole scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, two nights after going 3-of-15 with just eight points.

Here are three results from the Warriors’ ninth home win this season.

Clay comes to life

Preaching patience and trust, Thompson listened to his own lessons in the third quarter. Going into halftime, he had scored just two points while going 1-of-5 from the field and 0-of-3 from the arc. Then came the third quarter.

With the Warriors briefly losing what was once a 17-point lead, Thompson caught fire at the perfect moment. In the third quarter alone, he scored 12 points, all with triples. Klay went 4-for-5 from deep, highlighted by two huge possessions late in the quarter.

Even there he was not finished. Thompson scored six more points in the fourth quarter on two other threes to finish the night 6-for-12 from deep. One of those mistakes was a midfield shot at the end of the shot clock.

This season, Thompson has been consistently unable to recover after a slow start. This time the opposite was true.

Donte’s impact

Steve Kerr is looking for players who just do the little things, play it right and know their place. Look no further than Donte DiVincenzo.

Kerr saw the veteran guard as a perfect fit during the offseason for the Warriors. Now that he’s doing well and the rotations are starting to settle down, DiVincenzo is agreeing with his coach. His first made field goal and second field goal attempt of the night didn’t come until there were more than five minutes left in the game.

The result was a sweet step back from 3 points. The way he got there was movement, the Warriors way.

That triple was DiVincenzo’s only bucket of the night. Along with his three-pointer, DiVincenzo gave the Warriors five assists, three rebounds and two steals in 19 minutes off the bench. What has been more obvious lately is how DiVincenzo can play in multiple formations.

He is a tough defender on the ball and plays like a free safety off the ball. DiVincenzo has a nose for the ball as a rebounder and always has his eyes high on the lookout for the right pass. He is Kerr’s type of player and will contribute to more wins.

Good with bad

Before every game, the Warriors have a magic number. That number is 30, and not just for Curry. In this case, it’s the team’s number of assists.

They entered Friday night leading the NBA with 11 games of 30 or more assists. Play 12 games with at least 30 assists. In their win over the Jazz, Golden State finished with 33 assists.

However, they also turned the ball over 21 times. Luckily for them, the Jazz haven’t been particularly careful with the ball either. They committed 13 turnovers by themselves.

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The Jazz scored 10 points from the Warriors’ turnovers, and Golden State responded with 20 points from Utah’s turnovers. A little give, a little take.

Actually, that’s how it goes with the Warriors. They lead the league in assists, but are near the top in turnovers per game. For them, it’s about when turnovers occur and they also hound their opponent into turnovers.

As they return to form, the Warriors’ last four wins have been 32, 38, 36, and now 33 assists. With all their firepower, they’ll be hard to beat.

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