What was supposed to be a celebration for Warriors legend Chris Mullin turned into a brutal night for owner Joe Lacob.The man responsible for deciding to retire Mullins No. 17 jersey was booed long and hard while he tried to address the Oracle Arena crowd during the halftime festivities.It got so bad that Mullin, himself, walked to center court to implore the fans to direct their passion in a positive way. And it got even worse. Eventually another former Warriors great, Rick Barry, emerged with the microphone and chided the fans that what they were doing was undeserved.Its hard to pinpoint exactly why the fans booed Lacob mercilessly. Perhaps it was for trading fan favorite Monta Ellis last week to the Milwaukee Bucks.Maybe it was because he promised the fan base that the Warriors would be a playoff team in 2011-12, but theyre 18-25 and going in the opposite direction from the postseason.Perhaps it had something do with previous ownership of Chris Cohan and the years of frustration of only one playoff appearance in 17 soon to be 18 seasons.Or maybe it was because the Warriors played an awful first half. Most likely, it was a combination of all those things. But whatever the cause, it made for an awkward end to a celebration of one of the greatest Warriors of all time.Knowing him, knowing his commitment, his passion the day is going to come where hes truly appreciated around here, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. Ive been around a lot of owners and a lot of teams and hes all about winning.Maybe so, but apparently Warriors fans dont believe that. Not right now.The scene was reminiscent of the 2000 NBA All-Star Game held in Oakland, when Cohan stepped out to center court with his young son to address the crowd and he was greeted with a chorus of boos.Said Jackson: The (fan) reaction will not deter him from doing what was promised and what hes committed to.
SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors needed less than nine minutes to open a 24-point lead over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Thursday night.
Stephen Curry scored 26 points and the Warriors controlled the Jazz from start to finish in a 106-99 victory.
Curry had 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz's only lead of the game was 4-2.
"Loss of focus," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the second half. "Our first quarter was great, we pushed the ball and our defensive intensity was fantastic. I think we let down. We started turning it over some careless, purposeless plays.
"We didn't really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish. Some defensive mistakes not getting out on shooters and they took advantage."
Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored a career-high 21 points, and Shelvin Mack added a season-high 19.
The Jazz have four starters sidelined by injuries, including their top three scorers.
"I didn't do a good job of attacking throughout the game and I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack," Durant said about the fourth quarter.
Golden State led 65-46 at halftime as the second unit allowed the Jazz to hang around and, technically, remain within striking distance. The urgency from the first quarter disappeared in the second half and the Jazz crept within five in the fourth quarter thanks to buckets from Mack and Ingles, but Durant closed the game with 11 in the final period.
"What we've discussed is just roles," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about surviving the injuries. "They can morph. They widen, they can narrow, they can do anything. Hopefully, on a team, guys are willing to evolve and adjust to what the team needs. That's really all we emphasized."
Warriors: Rookie Patrick McCaw scored a career-high 10 points, all in the first half. ... Shaun Livingston took the night off to rest. ... Draymond Green was two assists shy of his 15th career triple-double. ... Green tweaked his ankle, but he and Kerr didn't seem overly concerned.
Jazz: Utah started the combination of Joe Johnson, Mack, Dante Exum, Gobert and Boris Diaw for the first time this season. ... Ingles hit a career-high five 3-pointers.
The Jazz were without four starters — Gordon Hayward (finger), Rodney Hood (hamstring), George Hill (toe) and Derrick Favors (knee). Utah has been dealing with injuries all season, but Thursday was their most depleted lineup to date.
"It's easy to be frustrated," Snyder said. "That's something you have to just fight against and make a decision to do the best with where we are.
"It's a credit to our guys really. We've got a group that has character. Over a longer period of time it becomes more challenging. ... Hopefully, there's a silver lining. We've got some guys that are getting minutes that may not be getting otherwise."
"This team, my first year was kind of a surprise and everybody seemed to love us. Now maybe it's changed a little bit. It honestly makes no difference to us." — Kerr.
Snyder said roles morph, but Joe Johnson added that shouldn't be a difficult thing night-to-night.
"This is our profession, man," Johnson said. "This is what we signed up for. This is what we do. When you're number's called, you've got to be ready regardless of the circumstances."
Warriors: Golden State travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in the third game of a five-game trip.
Jazz: Utah hosts a Sacramento Kings team on Saturday that has lost eight of 12 on the road.
The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.
During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.
The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.
The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.
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