Warriors have found a new star in Klay Thompson

Jackson: 'We have a winning mindset'

Warriors have found a new star in Klay Thompson
November 16, 2013, 11:30 pm
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When the Jazz cut to seven (53-36) in the third quarter, Thompson nailed a 3-pointer to push the margin back to 10. (AP IMAGES)

OAKLAND – The search for a star in the latest Warriors' victory ended in a familiar place, at the typically warm fingertips of Klay Thompson.

The third-year shooting guard fired in a game-high 25 points, including 5-of-8 3-point shooting, to ensure the Warriors walked out of Oracle Arena on Saturday night with a 102-88 win over Utah.

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The victory lifts to 5-0 the Warriors' home record this season.

"We have a winning mindset, which is to take care of business at home,'' coach Mark Jackson said.

"So far so good,'' said guard Stephen Curry. "We're winning every game, playing pretty consistently for 48 minutes. We're having a couple dry spots, but that's going to happen. You've got to just figure out how to keep the gas pedal down.''

That's where Thompson came in. When the Jazz cut to seven what had been a 17-point Warriors lead (53-36) in the third quarter, Thompson nailed a 3-pointer to push the margin back to 10. When Utah cut it from 15 to 10 (87-77) in the fourth quarter Thompson hit a pullup jumper and another 3-pointer to move it back to 15 and pretty much lock up the victory.

"It's just being more patient, taking better shots and getting stronger,'' Thompson said when asked about his improvements. "And we've got Andre Iguodala now. He makes my job easier."

Thompson now has 357 3-pointers as a Warrior, surpassing Stephen Jackson to move into eighth place on the team's all-time list. Next up is seventh-place Mike Dunleavy, who has 363.

THE GOOD

In addition to Thompson, five other Warriors scored in double figures, the most significant being 16 from forward Andre Iguodala and 12 from center Andrew Bogut.

Curry shot only 7-for-20 but excelled at the point, with 11 assists and zero turnovers.

Bogut notched his first double-double of the season, grabbing 11 rebounds along with his 12 points.

Another economical night from Iguodala, who took only eight shots but also contributed six rebounds, four steals and three assists.

THE BAD

Backup center Jermaine O'Neal's right knee buckled as he slipped to the floor early in the fourth quarter. The preliminary diagnosis was a right knee sprain and right groin strain. His status will be determined after further evaluation on Sunday, but he likely will miss some time.

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"I've got guys that I believe in that are more than capable of holding the fort down if that is the situation,'' Jackson said. "It will be a great opportunity.''

Though the coach mentioned Marreese Speights and rookie Ognjen Kuzmic as candidates to spell Bogut at center, that won't be enough if O'Neal is out for an extended period. Expect general manager Bob Myers to at least window shop for available big men.

THE FUTURE

The Warriors (7-3) and Jazz (1-10) go at it again on Monday night at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City.