Harris got rolling early against Golden State
Notes and quotes from the Jazz's 104-98 win over Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena:
-- Devin Harris scored a season-high 28 points and tied his career-high with five three-pointers. He scored 12 points in the first quarter, when he got to the foul line eight times. Harris credited those free throws with getting him started. Another factor that helped him score? "I played a little shooting guard," he said, "and shooing guards get to shoot."
-- According to Harris, the Jazz did not think about falling farther behind in the Western Conference playoff race when they trailed entering the fourth quarter, 80-78. "No," he said. "We focused on the task at hand. Each game. One at a time. One quarter at a time. And I thought we did a great job of doing that."
-- Harris scored eight points in the first 75 seconds of the fourth quarter, when he singlehandedly helped the Jazz build an 86-80 lead. Harris had missed the Jazz's 107-105 loss to Phoenix on Wednesday because of a sprained ankle. "It felt O.K tonight," he said. "But it was taped very heavily. ... I'll continue working on and it will continue to get stronger."
-- Gordon Hayward anticipated Harris' big-time performance by something he saw "... right before the game. We usually do a shooting drill against each other and he didn't miss. I knew it was going to be a good night." Hayward finished with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. He did not take his first shot until 1:22 remained in the first quarter.
-- Golden State coach Mark Jackson, who watched his team build a 13-point lead in the second quarter and nearly rally from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes, like the Warriors' effort. "Give credit to my guys," he said. "They battled, hung in there, made big plays. At the end of the day, we have three rookies out there playing a lot of minutes for us. ... We just gave up too many transition points and turned the ball over too much."
-- Golden State rookie Klay Thompson finished with 23 points, even though he missed his first five shots and didn't score until the final 1:39 of the first half. He ended up making nine of his final 11 field-goal attempts, including four three-pointers. "I'm not worried about Klay," Jackson said. "He's going to be fine. He's as good a shooter as there is in this league. He's learning night in and night out. I thought it was an outstanding performance by him tonight."
-- Steve Luhm
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