OAKLAND, Calif. — Fresh from a much-needed, four-day mangle that enclosed dual days with no practice, a Golden State Warriors showed no signs of negligence down.
Not with their dominant home record still total — and positively not with LeBron James and a Cleveland Cavaliers entrance to town.
If anything, a fortifying NBA champs valid that even on a delayed night they’re still good adequate to keep rolling along.
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LeBron James pronounced he couldn’t remember a final time he looked during his teammates and saw all of them healthy. They are now, and a Warriors are next.
“There’s always a small bit of decay with a layoff like we’ve had yet it’s that time of a year, too,” halt Golden State manager Luke Walton said. “It’s December, a guys have been personification during such a high level. You’re going to have letdowns each once in a while. we was happy with a bid for a many part.”
Andrew Bogut combined 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Draymond Green had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for a Warriors (27-1) in their final tuneup before an NBA Finals rematch opposite James and a Cavs on Christmas.
It’s a diversion that several Cleveland players pronounced they’ve been looking brazen to for some time. Walton and a Warriors, though, insist they hadn’t even discussed it until after violence a Jazz.
For good reason, too.
Utah, that mislaid to Golden State 106-103 on Nov. 30, pushed a Warriors to a extent again before vanishing in a fourth quarter.
“We knew they were going to try to delayed a diversion down and keep it close,” Bogut said. “You don’t disremember teams in this league, generally a organisation like a Utah Jazz. They’ll unequivocally harm we if we do.”
Golden State led by 10 with reduction than 6 mins remaining before Curry’s second 3-pointer of a diversion sparked a 14-5 run to assistance a Warriors pointer a victory. It was their 13th in a quarrel during home this deteriorate and a 31st uninterrupted win during Oracle Arena dating to final deteriorate — an ongoing authorization record.
Derrick Favors had 17 points and 9 rebounds for a Jazz, who have mislaid 5 of seven.
Utah shot 41.3 percent from a building yet went 7 of 20 from over a arc.
“You see so many about their offense, infrequently we forget about their defense,” Jazz manager Quin Snyder pronounced of a Warriors. “We got tentative. If we make a integrate of those (3-pointers), a diversion gets tighter.”
The Warriors tranquil a diversion many of a night notwithstanding Walton blending adult his rotations. At one indicate early in a fourth quarter, Walton had Thompson personification with a second organisation while a rest of a starters complacent on a bench.
It didn’t seem to matter much.
The fortifying champions had 4 starters strech double total and shot 47 percent from a field.
The Warriors’ invulnerability was equally pointy while forcing Utah into 20 turnovers. They also matched their deteriorate high of 9 blocked shots — 4 by backup core Festus Ezeli.
“I suspicion we were flattering plain on invulnerability many of a game,” Walton said. “We had a integrate breakdowns . yet a communication and a bid turn was some-more of what we’re accustomed to from a players.”
The Warriors led by 13 following Andre Iguodala‘s 3-pointer early in a second quarter. They withstood a 14-4 run by Utah and answered with a large emanate of their possess to lift divided before halftime.
Warriors manager Steve Kerr, who continues to take it delayed during his unpleasant reconstruction from behind surgery, is unequivocally removing closer to returning to a bench. Making it by Tuesday’s use before handing a reins behind to Walton for a morning shootaround Wednesday was an enlivening sign. “I know he’s unequivocally into it and it’s murdering him not being out there with a guys,” Walton said. “He’s antsy to get behind yet there is only no approach of meaningful when.”
Jazz: Utah went scarcely 6 mins but scoring in a initial quarter. … The Jazz, still spiteful in a core but harmed 7-foot-1 core Rudy Gobert, matched a Warriors with 40 rebounds. … Utah hasn’t won in Oakland given commanding a Warriors 97-90 on Apr 17, 2013.
Warriors: Harrison Barnes missed his 11th true diversion and is puzzled to play on Christmas since of his slow sprained left ankle. Golden State has another home diversion after that before going on a two-game highway trip, and a coaching staff is carefree Barnes will lapse during that stretch. … Bogut was behind in a lineup after being singular to 5 mins opposite Milwaukee final Friday since of a behind strain.
Jazz: Host a Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
Warriors: Host Cleveland on Friday.
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