Jackson: 'We made a statement; we did the job defensively'
Klay Thompson played a game-high 41 minutes and scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds. (USATSI)
Stephen Curry scored 22 points to lead five Warriors in double figures in a 98-87 win over Utah on Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena.
Curry left the game with 8:50 remaining after being knocked to the floor, after which Jazz forward Marvin Williams landed atop his upper body and head area. The initial report from the Warriors is that Curry sustained only a headache.
Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes each scored 17 points, as David Lee added 14 points and Andre Iguodala finished with 11.
Aside from a lethargic third quarter, which they entered with a 59-36 lead, the Warriors dominated throughout in beating the Jazz for the second time in three days.
Curry led the charge in the decisive second quarter, scoring 15 points and passing for five assists. Lee finished with his third double-double of the season, grabbing 14 rebounds in addition to his points total. Andrew Bogut was a force on defense, grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking four shots.
Barnes anchored the bench play with his energy and production. But when coach Mark Jackson emptied the bench in the final minutes, only to see a 23-point lead trimmed to 11, he was forced to reenter his starters.
After a slow first quarter, the Warriors outscored the Jazz 37-17 in the second quarter to take control. Utah, in losing for the 11th time in 12 games, never got closer than 11 after that.
Curry left with a headache and the Warriors indicate that was the extent of his injury. Backup center Jermaine O'Neal did not make the trip to Salt Lake City, having been diagnosed with a bruised right knee and a minor strain of the left groin sustained last Saturday. He is listed as day-to-day. Backup point guard Toney Douglas was diagnosed last week with a stress reaction in his left tibia. He is expected to miss at least another week.
The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Wednesday to face nemesis Memphis. They took a 108-90 loss to the Grizzlies on Nov. 9 in what was their least inspiring performance of the season. The Warriors have lost 10 consecutive games to the Grizzlies, including the least four at Oracle.