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NBA: Slow start dooms Jazz in 102-88 loss at Warriors

Published November 17, 2013 12:07 pm

NBA • Utah scores just 13 first-quarter points in loss to Warriors.
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Oakland, Calif. •Â Whoever handles the scheduling in the NBA league office tossed in a little quirk this week, matching up the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors in consecutive games in a three-night span.

Asked about the odd circumstance before the two tipped off for the first time Saturday night at Oracle Arena and Golden State coach Mark Jackson shrugged. Both teams have already scouted the other well enough, he said, that there would be little to learn from one meeting to the next.

"We know what they're doing. … We're going to know it just as well today as we're going to know it on Monday," Jackson said. "It's just tough because you're facing a team in this league trying to beat them twice in a row. You have to duplicate what you've done the first time."

Whether he meant to or not, the answer implied victory Saturday for Golden State.

And after another uneven performance from the Jazz, the Warriors had indeed claimed the first leg, 102-88. The loss dropped Utah to 1-10 on the year.

The shooting woes that killed the Jazz Friday night against San Antonio carried over into the first half against the Warriors. Utah shot just 33 percent in the half.

The Jazz mustered only 13 first-quarter points, languishing for long stretches without a bucket. Six minutes passed between Alec Burks' jumper from the right angle and the time Marvin Williams scooped in a layup.

"We kind of dug ourselves too big of a hole," said swingman Gordon Hayward, who had 14 points for the Jazz.

Williams, playing with a broken nose, came off the bench to score 10 of his 14 points in the first half. Derrick Favors also scored 10 points in the half. He led the Jazz in scoring for a second night in a row, finishing with 17.

In the meantime, the Warriors added to their season highlight reel.

Before the game Jazz coach Ty Corbin said he hoped Burks, starting a second straight game at point guard, would be able to use his size to limit Warriors guard Stephen Curry's shooting.

"If you give him an inch, it's in the air and it's in the hole," Corbin said.

Curry scored 15 points, but it was his passing that dazzled in the first half.

In the first quarter, the point guard went behind the back to Klay Thompson for a reverse layup. Later, Curry penetrated and kicked out to Thompson for one of his three first-half 3-pointers. Thompson finished with a game high 25 points.

"It's a double-edged sword with him," Corbin said of Curry afterward.

Even when the Jazz turned up the energy it seemed to backfire.

In the second quarter, Mike Harris stole the ball, ran the length of the court but missed the layup. Kanter missed the put-back attempt and Williams rebounded only to see his shot blocked by Jermaine O'Neal, leading to a break-away dunk for the Warriors.

But in the third quarter, the Jazz came to life — using the 3-ball to cut into the deficit.

Richard Jefferson, John Lucas and Gordon Hayward all hit from beyond the arc, trimming down a lead that once was as large as 19.

When Hayward hit his second triple in the quarter, the Warriors were up just 7.

"We've got to put 48 minutes together, especially on the road," said Corbin. "Man, we have to do it. We have to find a way to get it done."

But Golden State was able to answer, pushing the margin to double-digits heading into the fourth quarter.

Former Ute Andrew Bogut recorded his first double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for the Warriors.

In the end, it was another big road loss for a Jazz team that has seen its nightly struggles only exacerbated away from EnergySolutions Arena.

Before the game, Jackson said he knew the Jazz would play hard, but the coach also called Utah a team "obviously that's trying to find themselves right now."

Thanks to that scheduling quirk, the Jazz will know where they are Monday — once again matched up with Golden State.

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Warriors 102, Jazz 88

R Utah loses to Golden State on the road to fall to 1-10 on the season.

• Former Ute Andrew Bogut has a double-double for the Warriors with 12 points and 11 rebounds. —

Warriors 102,Jazz 88

FG FT Reb

Utah Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Jefferson 33:41 4-10 2-2 0-2 5 0 12

Favors 34:06 8-12 1-2 2-7 1 3 17

Kanter 28:18 5-12 0-0 1-5 2 3 10

Burks 25:58 3-11 2-2 0-2 4 0 8

Hayward 35:05 5-12 2-4 0-2 2 2 14

Garrett 9:41 1-6 0-0 1-2 0 1 2

Gobert 9:04 0-0 0-2 0-3 0 0 0

Williams 26:14 5-9 1-2 3-6 0 6 14

Lucas III 25:06 3-3 0-0 0-1 4 2 7

Harris 9:48 0-1 2-2 0-2 0 1 2

Clark 2:59 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Totals 240:00 35-77 10-16 7-32 18 18 88

Percentages: FG .455, FT .625. 3-Point Goals: 8-17, .471 (Williams 3-5, Hayward 2-3, Jefferson 2-5, Lucas III 1-1, Garrett 0-1, Burks 0-2). Team Rebounds: 9. Team Turnovers: 19 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Kanter 2, Favors, Harris, Jefferson). Turnovers: 17 (Williams 4, Hayward 3, Burks 2, Favors 2, Gobert 2, Kanter 2, Garrett, Jefferson). Steals: 7 (Burks 2, Favors, Harris, Hayward, Jefferson, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

G.S. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Iguodala 37:51 6-8 1-2 0-6 3 3 16

Lee 26:39 5-10 3-4 0-5 1 2 13

Bogut 30:05 5-7 2-2 5-11 2 4 12

Curry 38:31 7-20 1-2 0-3 11 1 15

Thompsn 39:53 9-14 2-2 1-4 2 0 25

Barnes 28:52 5-10 0-0 0-3 2 1 11

O'Neal 12:06 2-2 2-2 1-4 0 3 6

Speights 7:38 0-3 0-0 3-5 0 2 0

Green 9:29 1-4 0-0 0-0 1 1 2

Kuzmic 2:59 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 2 0

Bazemore 2:59 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 2

Nedovic 2:59 0-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 0

Totals 240:01 41-80 11-14 10-42 24 19 102

Percentages: FG .513, FT .786. 3-Point Goals: 9-21, .429 (Thompson 5-8, Iguodala 3-5, Barnes 1-1, Green 0-2, Curry 0-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 16 (12 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Bogut 2, O'Neal 2, Kuzmic). Turnovers: 15 (O'Neal 3, Barnes 2, Bogut 2, Iguodala 2, Thompson 2, Green, Kuzmic, Lee, Speights). Steals: 7 (Iguodala 4, Barnes 2, Curry). Technical Fouls: Bogut, 4:19 first Defensive three second, 3:09 second.

Utah 13 21 29 25 — 88

Golden State 27 24 23 28 — 102

Attendance • 19,596

Time • 1:59.

Officials • John Goble, Mark Ayotte, Eric Dalen.