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Jazz: Utah's rally falls short in loss to Golden State
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The Jazz were running and the fans at EnergySolutions were on their feet Monday night, roaring with each basket and booing lustily when a couple of 50-50 calls went against their team.

Too bad Utah gave Golden State a 28-point head start.

In the end, the Jazz's determined effort in the second half wasn't enough to offset a miserable second quarter, when the Warriors took control of an eventual 98-87 victory.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points and Klay Thompson added 17 as Golden State dropped the Jazz to 1-11 for the season by handing them their third straight loss.

Gordon Hayward led Utah with 18 points, although he had only six after the first quarter. Marvin Williams added 16 and, along with Diante Garrett and Ian Clark, sparked the Jazz during an improved second half.

"If there's anything good, the group in the second half did a great job giving us effort," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "They executed and made some shots. All those guys who came out in the second half did a good job for us."

Unfortunately for Utah, Golden State dominated the final 10 minutes of the first half, when Curry and Thompson finally warmed up. The Warriors' top two scorers were only 2-for-13 from the field until a four-possession stretch early in the second quarter.

After Curry hit a jump shot, he buried a pair of 3-pointers. Then, in transition, he dropped the ball to Thompson for another 3-pointer.

In a 90-second span, Golden State bumped a 24-22 lead to 35-27.

"It was a close game and they made three in row and I thought we panicked a little bit," Corbin said. "But this is a team that's capable of scoring a lot of points in a short amount of time."

After scoring 12 points in the first quarter, Hayward watched the Warriors' explosion from the bench before Corbin hurried him back into the game.

"We just have to play smarter," Hayward said. "They are a team that can score in bunches on us — on anybody — and they kind of did that to us. We missed some outside jump shots and they were off to the races. ... I thought we kind of got down on ourselves."

It got worse.

Golden State owned a 37-31 lead and the Jazz seemed to have weathered the worst of the storm, but the Warriors closed the half on a 22-5 run. Utah converted only three of its final 15 possessions and in the final seven minutes and trailed, 59-36, at halftime.

Golden State coach Mark Jackson credited his defense for breaking the game open.

"We take pride in it," he said. "Guys drill it. We pay attention to detail and we give energy and effort. Great results follow. Offense will go up and down but, defensively, we have an expectancy level. Tonight, again, we met it."

The Warriors built a 68-40 lead early in the third quarter, when Corbin replaced starters Enes Kanter with Williams and Alec Burks with Garrett.

Utah followed with a 10-0 run but only got as close as 13 until the final moments.

"You can't dig yourself that big of a hole," Hayward said. "It's encouraging that we put forth that sort of effort but a loss is a loss. So [there's] no solace for me." —

Storylines Curry's flurry lifts Warriors

R Stephen Curry scores 22 points and Golden State cruises to a 98-87 win over Utah.

• Gordon Hayward scores 18 points to lead Utah, which is 1-11 this season.

• The Warriors go on a 22-5 run in the final 7 minutes of the first half. —

Warriors 98, Jazz 87

FG FT Reb

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

Iguodala 38:16 2-4 5-6 0-7 4 1 11

Lee 27:08 4-9 6-8 5-14 2 1 14

Bogut 32:53 4-12 0-0 3-13 1 2 8

Curry 33:15 7-15 4-4 2-6 8 4 22

Thompson 41:20 6-17 2-4 2-5 0 2 17

Barnes 28:54 7-10 1-2 1-5 1 1 17

Speights 11:34 0-4 2-2 0-2 0 2 2

Green 16:11 2-3 2-4 0-4 1 2 7

Kuzmic 2:46 0-2 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Nedovic 2:46 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Bazemore 2:46 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Dedmon 2:11 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240:00 32-79 22-30 14-57 17 16 98

Percentages: FG .405, FT .733. 3-Point Goals: 12-22, .545 (Curry 4-7, Thompson 3-7, Barnes 2-2, Iguodala 2-3, Green 1-2, Speights 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 14 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Bogut 4, Green, Lee). Turnovers: 14 (Curry 5, Lee 5, Bazemore, Bogut, Speights, Thompson). Steals: 5 (Curry 3, Bogut, Iguodala). Technical Fouls: None.

FG FT Reb

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

Jefferson 31:40 2-9 0-0 0-1 2 2 5

Favors 31:49 4-11 2-2 0-7 3 4 10

Kanter 30:23 4-12 0-1 1-6 1 4 8

Hayward 35:02 6-14 4-4 0-6 3 4 18

Burks 23:00 0-5 2-2 0-2 3 1 2

Williams 29:51 5-11 4-6 2-8 1 1 16

Lucas III 11:19 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

Gobert 5:24 1-1 0-0 0-2 0 0 2

Harris 16:07 1-5 4-4 2-3 0 2 6

Garrett 21:27 4-6 0-0 1-3 5 2 8

Clark 3:58 4-5 0-0 0-2 0 0 10

Totals 240:00 32-81 16-19 6-40 18 21 87

Percentages: FG .395, FT .842. 3-Point Goals: 7-15, .467 (Clark 2-3, Hayward 2-4, Williams 2-4, Jefferson 1-2, Burks 0-1, Garrett 0-1). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (19 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Favors 3, Gobert, Williams). Turnovers: 10 (Hayward 6, Garrett, Harris, Jefferson, Lucas III). Steals: 8 (Hayward 3, Burks, Favors, Garrett, Harris, Williams). Technical Fouls: None.

Golden State 22 37 19 20 — 98

Utah 19 17 29 22 — 87

Attendance • 16,051

Time • 2:05.

Officials • Ron Garretson, David Jones, Karl Lane.

Jazz drop to 1-11 on season after struggling in second quarter.
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