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OAKLAND – For the second time in a week, the Warriors' immediate response to internal turmoil was emphatic and impressive, this time a 130-102 walloping of the Jazz on Sunday night at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry had an epic night, delivering 31 points and 16 assists in 29 minutes. Backcourt mate Klay Thompson finished with a game-high 33 points in 31 minutes.
The Warriors (48-29) moved to 19 games over .500 for the first time since April 1991. In sweeping Utah (24-53) for the first time ever, the Warriors improved to 17-7 since the All-Star break.
This was their second consecutive home victory by more than 20 points – the first time this season they've accomplish such a feat in successive games. It also was the second consecutive win during which the starters spent the fourth quarter grinning from the bench.
Andrew Bogut, who had missed the previous four games with a pelvis/groin contusion, returned to the starting lineup, submitting 6 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Harrison Barnes and Jordan Crawford each came off the bench to score 10 points.
The blowout win came one day after Mark Jackson's No. 2 assistant, Darren Erman, was fired for an undisclosed violation of company policy. Erman is the second assistant bumped off the staff in two weeks, as Jackson reassigned Brian Scalabrine on March 24.
The Warriors followed that news three days later by posting a 100-93 comeback win over the streaking Grizzlies – punctuated by a 14-0 finishing kick at the end.
STANDOUT PERFORMER: It was a Splash Brothers kind of night, as Curry was sizzling at the start and Thompson quickly grabbed a piece of the torch.
Curry made his first five shots, finishing the first quarter with 16 points (including four 3-pointers) and six assists.
Thompson scored 16 points in the second quarter, including three 3-pointers.
TURNING POINT: After an Enes Kanter jumper put Utah within five (40-35), the Warriors went on an 18-9 run to take a 58-44 lead with 3:06 left in the half. The Warriors maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the game, leading by as much as 31.
INJURY UPDATE: PF David Lee (strained right hamstring) did not dress and is out indefinitely, as is C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery rehab).
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors next return to action on Thursday, when they play the Nuggets at Oracle Arena in the first of four games in five nights. The Warriors and Denver have split the first two games, each winning on the other's home court.