Some of the faces may not be very familiar for the Utah Jazz, but the combinations on the court are working lately. The Jazz try for a season-best three-game winning streak when they host the Golden State Warriors.
Harpring sat out Tuesday, but the Jazz won 93-87 at Seattle for their second straight victory after five consecutive losses. Utah hadn’t won back-to-back games since opening the season 2-0.
“Those guys, they’ve got experience and they’re getting an opportunity to play. They play really hard and played really well for us,” Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said.
Harpring can’t play in back-to-back games because of his knee and Boozer hasn’t even suited up this season, yet the Jazz are showing the experience of a veteran team even playing with youngsters in the lineup. Utah fought off a late 10-2 run by Seattle.
“When a team hits a fourth-quarter run like that … to weather that storm and get through it, it builds character on this team. Especially with so many young guys,” said Brown, who won a championship last season with San Antonio.
As the Jazz build confidence, the Warriors just look to survive their brutal November schedule.
Golden State trailed by 30 points at halftime on its way to a 113-89 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday night.
“We got blasted tonight,” said forward Troy Murphy, who led the Warriors with 27 points. “That’s about it.”
The Warriors shouldn’t mind when November ends, having to play 17 games this month with no more than one day off between games. They also play on consecutive nights four times, the only team to have such a schedule.
The slate has worn on Golden State, which hasn’t won consecutive games in nearly three weeks.
Despite Wednesday’s loss, the Warriors received a boost as Ike Diogu, the team’s No. 1 draft pick, played in his first game of the season and scored 11 points.
“It feels really nice to finally get on the court,” said Diogu, who had been out since Oct. 9 after breaking a bone in his left hand. “It’s good to be out there. It’s going to take a while to get back in the groove. I was a little rusty coming out.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 24): Warriors - 2nd place (tied), 3 GB, Pacific Division. Jazz - 3rd place (tied), 1 GB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Warriors - Richardson, 22.4 ppg; Murphy, 8.8 rpg; Davis, 8.7 apg. Jazz - Okur, 19.8 ppg and 8.5 rpg; Williams, 4.9 apg.
SEASON SERIES: Jazz, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 4; Jazz, 91-85. At Golden State, Okur had 23 points and 14 rebounds as Utah improved to 2-0 to start the season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Warriors - 3-3 on the road; Jazz - 2-3 at home.