Warriors blow out Jazz behind Monta's 33

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Warriors blow out Jazz behind Monta's 33

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OAKAND The Warriors played a solid second half on Thursday night, turning a close game into a lopsided win over the Jazz. The game was the final one of a six-game homestand for the Warriors, and with the win they finish it at 3-3.Warriors 119, Jazz 101Star of the game: After shooting 12-for-43 from the field in his previous three games, Monta Ellis broke out and broke out in a big way against Utah. Ellis had 33 points but that was only part of the story.
Part 2 of the story was how efficient he was along with Stephen Curry. Ellis went 13-for-21 from the floor, including 3-for-7 from beyond the arc.You cant expect that night in and night out, Jackson said of Curry and Ellis play. We really, in the second half, separated ourselves offensively. We executed, we took care of the basketball, we limited their second-chance opportunities and we defended. A thing of beauty unselfish basketball.Key stretch: The Warriors used a 13-2 run to finish the third period, giving them separation from a close game. Ellis closed the period in spectacular fashion, converting on a beautiful alley-oop layup from Curry and then knocking down a long 3-pointer with two seconds remaining in the period.That stretch took the Warriors from a 75-75 tie to an 88-77 lead. In the quarter, the Warriors outscored the Jazz 40-31.In the third quarter, we gave up 40 points, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. We got away from executing our offense and that was one of the things that we were concerned about right from the beginning. You get into an uptempo game with them at a fast pace and take early shots, theyre really dynamic at taking advantage of your turnovers.Curry impressive: Curry had one of his best games of the season, perhaps his best as a matter of fact. He finished with 29 points and 12 assists and was every bit as efficient as Ellis.Curry went 10-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 from the line.First-half struggles: There were some good numbers halfway through the game as far as the Warriors were concerned, but one troubling one.The Warriors committed only five turnovers in the first half and outrebounded the Jazz 27-21. Problem was, the Warriors shot only 38 percent during the first 24 minutes, with David Lee struggling more than everyone else.Lee shot just 2-for-12 from the field in the first half and Nate Robinson was 0-for-5.Banged-up backcourt: The Jazz were without three important backcourt contributors on Thursay night. Neither Raja Bell (strained abductor) nor Earl Watson (sprained ankle) made the trip to Oakland, and Devin Harris was a late scratch because of a hamstring injury.Before the game, Jackson was asked whether Utah being shorthanded in the backcourt would impact his strategy.You dont attack them differently, Jackson said. They are a very good team, a well-coached basketball team with veterans and proven guys. Ive seen in the past as a player, announcer and as a fan where somebody goes out and somebody steps up and plays great basketball.We dont want that to happen. In a situation like with Watson Jamaal Tinsley is a proven guy and more than capable of going out and doing whats asked of him. We dont blow that up and make a point to do anything out of the ordinary. If we take care of our business, it will not matter who is in uniform.

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

Iguodala making loud free agency case to Warriors in Durant's absence

OAKLAND -- It was with impeccable timing, for the Warriors and for Andre Iguodala, that he has spent recent weeks summoning all the best parts of his game.

He has been a disruptive force on defense, as usual, but at a time when the Warriors needed something extra at both ends of the court, he is providing an abundance of offensive electricity.

Iguodala came through once more on Sunday as the Warriors suffocated Memphis in the fourth quarter to take a 106-94 win at Oracle Arena. Though the team’s Sixth Man again scored at an efficient clip -- 20 points on eight shot attempts -- his ability to energize teammates from Stephen Curry to Draymond Green to Klay Thompson and beyond is no less significant.

“We feed off his energy when we see him get a rebound or get a steal, push up the court, make a crazy inside-out dribble and finish at the rim, knock down threes or play-make for other guys,” Curry said. “It’s fun to watch.”

Iguodala’s rise has coincided with the loss of Kevin Durant, the team’s leading scorer and someone who plays the same position. With Durant out, Iguodala has taken on additional playing time, which can be risky for someone in his 13th season.

“He’s been fantastic,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He looks incredibly athletic, bouncy and fresh. He’s a pro. The guy just knows how to take care of his body. He’s done a great job of stepping up in KD’s absence and recognizing what we need from him.”

The Warriors have played 13 games since Durant went down with a knee injury, and Iguodala has played in 11 of them, shooting 44 percent from deep and 61.8 percent overall. The man who shot 62.3 percent from the line in his first three seasons as a Warrior is at 70.1 percent this season. Leadership also is part of the package.

“I try to read (what’s needed) when I get into the game,” Iguodala said. “Try to bring that energy. And, more than anything, lead by example. Not say too much. Just show it.”

When Iguodala is sprinting up and down the court, rising and dunking on one end, stripping balls away on the other, the Warriors are appreciably better team. If the Curry-Durant-Green-Thompson foursome is the engine, Iguodala is the turbo boost.

“We’re a completely different team when he’s as aggressive as he’s been of late,” Green said. “When he’s moving the way he’s been moving -- he’s beating everybody down the floor -- it makes us a completely different team. “

Igoudala’s minutes have spiked, from 23 per game in November, to 26 in December, to 27 in January and February, to almost 29 in March.

“I don’t want to run his minutes up too much,” Kerr said. “But if he has to play a couple extra minutes while KD is out, then that’s fine.”

It’s fine with Iguodala and it’s paying off for the Warriors.

Iguodala hopes it pays off, literally, when he becomes a free agent in July.

Though free agents entering their 14th season don’t often command big money, he is making a very impressive audition for the Warriors or any team that might be interested in his services.

Iguodala has made it clear he’d prefer to stay in the Bay Area, and at this rate the Warriors may have to find the necessary coins to bring him back.

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

Instant Replay: Warriors finish strong, grind past Grizzlies

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OAKLAND -- There was plenty of tension and more than a few pulse-stopping moments, but the Warriors found a way to win their seventh consecutive game.

The Warriors’ 106-94 victory Sunday over the admirably recalcitrant Memphis Grizzlies was a work in persistence and overcome moments in which the worst of their work was on full display before a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

Klay Thompson scored 31 points to lead the offense. Stephen Curry had 21 points and a game-high 11 assists, Andre Iguodala had 20 and Matt Barnes finished with 10 as the Warriors evened the season series with the Grizzlies at 2-2.

The Warriors (59-14) fought off numerous Memphis rallies but turned up the defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Grizzlies to 13 points on 5-of-25 (20 percent) shooting over the final 12 minutes.

The Warriors offset 18 turnovers, giving the Grizzlies 16 point, by shooting 54.2 percent from the field.

Mike Conley scored 29 points to lead Memphis, which fell to 40-33.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As good as the Splash Brothers were, and they were superb, it was Iguodala’s play at both ends that made a major difference.

Iguodala’s line: 20 points (7-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-3 from beyond the arc, 4-of-5 from the line), a team-high-tying seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and a blocked shot. He played 32 minutes and was plus-9 for the game.

TURNING POINT

After the Grizzlies pulled into an 81-81 tie with 25.2 left in the third quarter, the Warriors responded with a 15-5 run to go up 96-86 on a 3-pointer by Curry with 4:57 remaining.

Memphis got no closer than nine in the final minutes.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain and bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Grizzlies: C Marc Gasol (L foot strain) was listed as questionable and declared out prior to tipoff. F Chandler Parsons (L knee rehab) was listed as out. C Deyonta Davis and F Jarell Martin are on assignment with Iowa of the D-League.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Warriors travel Monday to Houston, where on Tuesday night they face the Rockets at Toyota Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.