Jazz 97, Warriors 80
SALT LAKE CITY (AP)—It was pretty apparent which team had been up late the night before and which team had been home resting.
“Maybe it was because they had just played a tough game, but they just weren’t playing,” Utah forward Andrei Kirilenko said. “I think our tempo was a little bit high. We were just running and they didn’t have power.”
Golden State lost to Memphis 115-113 at home Monday night in double overtime, and all of the Warriors had trouble keeping up with the Jazz.
Kirilenko finished with just 10 points on a poor shooting night, but made up for it in just about every other category. Kirilenko also had 10 rebounds, five blocks and seven assists.
“I’ve never seen a player like Andrei. He’s amazing. He can do everything on the floor,” said Raul Lopez, who had 12 points and five assists for the Jazz. “It’s amazing, but no, he didn’t surprise me because I know he’s one of the greats in the league.”
The Jazz, who improved to 16-3 at home, were playing their fifth straight game without Matt Harpring, who will have knee surgery Friday and likely miss the rest of the season. They didn’t seem to miss him.
Utah’s bench outscored Golden State’s 47-28, getting double-figure nights from Raja Bell (15 points), Sasha Pavlovic (11) and Lopez.
“They played a tough one last night and we didn’t,” Bell said. “We understand we have a job to do off the bench. That’s to support those guys and keep the energy level up.”
Golden State was sluggish early, scoring just 10 points in the first quarter and starting slow in the second.
“We play a lot of basketball games and you never know what’s going to happen with the travel schedule,” said Clifford Robinson, who led Golden State with 23 points. “But with whatever, you have to find a way to get yourself ready to play.
“Maybe guys were tired. Maybe guys were emotionally drained. I don’t know,” Robinson said. “The time for looking for excuses is over. We’ve got to play.”
The Warriors were just 5-for-23 in the opening quarter while falling behind 23-10, then fell behind by 17 in the second quarter. Golden State cut its deficit to 52-45 by halftime, then made a couple runs in the second half before losing steam.
A 12-2 run to end the third quarter gave Utah a 76-66 lead. Pavlovic made a layup, then took a steal in for another easy basket to start the run, which Arroyo continued with a 3-pointer, then three straight free throws after being fouled beyond the arc with 1.5 seconds left.
After Golden State trimmed the lead to 81-76 with six straight points, the Jazz pulled away for good. Kirilenko made a long jumper before falling to the floor, the Lopez made a steal and started a fast break, finishing it with a no-look pass to Bell for a layup.
The Warriors were worn out by then and didn’t have a field goal afterRobinson’s long jumper made it 89-78 with 2:44 remaining.
: Golden State had played two straight overtime games before Tuesday. … Golden State guard Calbert Cheaney, who played for the Jazz last season, received scattered applause when he entered the game midway through the first quarter. He finished with two points and four rebounds. … Robinson caught a ball and ran with it out of bounds late in the first half. Referee Michael Henderson initially called it Warriors’ ball, but Robinson looked at him laughing and pointing toward Utah’s side of the court before the call wasreversed.