mcloudyn.png
Monday August 2nd, 2021 10:00PM

Stephen Curry's late 3 lifts Warriors past Jazz 119-116

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry needed every bit from his supporting cast for the Golden State Warriors to secure a play-in berth, then found his shooting touch right when it mattered most.

Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds left moments after missing from deep, and finished with 36 points to lead the Warriors past the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz 119-116 on Monday night to keep hold of the eighth seed in the playoff race.

“It's huge when we can get a number of players to score, because Steph draws so much attention guys are going to be open,” coach Steve Kerr said, praising the balance. “... That’s what we need. We can’t expect Steph to carry us every night offensively.”

Jordan Poole's Curry-like 52-footer at the third-quarter buzzer went to replay review and stood, giving Golden State an 89-75 lead and serious momentum going into the final 12 minutes before Utah's furious comeback effort in the closing minutes.

“We've been trying to get JP to shoot that shot all year,” Kent Bazemore said.

Curry, coming off a 49-point performance with 11 3-pointers in 29 minutes in Saturday’s 136-97 thumping of the Thunder, wasn't nearly as sharp — but everybody else did plenty to take the pressure off.

“I thought the half-court defense did a really good job containing Steph and these guys,” said Utah’s Rudy Gobert, who grabbed 16 rebounds. “It comes down to the details. I think it was a good test for us. We came up short. We might see them again.”

Curry went just 1 of 5 from deep in the first half then wound up 11 of 25 from the floor overall and 3 for 13 on 3s.

“The difference is tonight Steph had three guys on him all night," Kerr said.

Jordan Clarkson scored 41 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 27 for a Utah team still missing injured All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley.

Poole finished with 20 points off the bench, Bazemore scored 19 and Kevon Looney grabbed 13 rebounds to give him double figures on the boards in three straight games for the first time in his career.

“We're playing eight guys right now so everybody understands their role, understands they're going to get an opportunity and it's a matter of just what you do with it,” Curry said. “I love the vibe that we have knowing it's all we got and it's a matter of just going out and hooping and just playing basketball and enjoying the opportunity that we all have because this NBA life is wild and unpredictable. Being able to adjust and adapt on the fly is the mark of a good team that we're trying to be.”

Mychal Mulder's 3 with 4:55 left in the third put the Warriors up 71-63 and Golden State got a stop on the other end. Bazemore converted a three-point at 3:57 for a 74-63 advantage before Bogdanovic immediately answered with a 3, was fouled and converted the free throw.

Kerr addressed the magnitude of this game beforehand as his team plays its final six games at home in Chase Center.

“We competed like crazy," Kerr said. “Hell of a win against the team with the best record in the league."

NCAA CHAMPS

Hall of Fame Stanford women's basketball coach Tara VanDerveer and her NCAA champion Cardinal team were in attendance and recognized on the big screen during a first-quarter timeout. Highlights were shown and Kerr offered a congratulatory message to friend VanDerveer.

“It’s been amazing. We are all such Warrior fans,” VanDerveer said. “It’s great to be here. It’s really great that their team is recognizing our team, too.”

TIP-INS

Jazz: Clarkson missed all seven of his 3-point tries in the first half and began 0 for 8 before finally connecting from long range with 45.2 seconds remaining in the third. The Jazz shot 13 for 44 from deep on the night. ... Utah's nine first-half turnovers led to 15 points for Golden State. “I thought we had some turnovers that ended up in easy buckets for them. That’s what I told our guys,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. ... The Jazz are 9-10 on the road vs. the Western Conference with two games remaining, at Oklahoma City and Sacramento.

Warriors: Draymond Green’s technical foul at the 4:10 mark in the third didn’t end up costly. ... F Damion Lee, Curry's brother-in-law who contracted COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, was back on the court shooting for the first time, an encouraging step for Kerr and everybody to see in his recovery. Lee watched from the baseline table. ... F Eric Paschall continues to progress in his recovery from a strained left hip flexor and Kerr spoke to him today, remaining hopeful Paschall might play this week. He played 3-on-3 again Monday. “We’re hopeful he will be back before the end of the regular season but we’ll see,” Kerr said. ... Golden State has won two in a row at home.

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Portland on Wednesday in Utah's final regular-season home game. The Jazz have won the last three with the Trail Blazers and also three in a row at home.

Warriors: Host the Suns on Tuesday night in their final set of back-to-backs. Golden State has lost the last two against Phoenix.

___

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, College Sports, AP Sports - NBA
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Stephen Curry's late 3 lifts Warriors past Jazz 119-116
Stephen Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14 seconds left moments after missing from deep, scoring 36 points to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz 119-116 on Monday night to keep hold of the eighth seed in the playoff race
1:18AM ( 13 minutes ago )
1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero
China’s population growth is falling closer to zero, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce as fewer couples have children
12:44AM ( 47 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Spurs' record-setting 1st half ends Bucks' streak, 146-125
DeMar DeRozan had 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs set a franchise record for points in the first half while rolling to a 146-125 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks
11:45PM ( 1 hour ago )
Westbrook breaks Robertson's record as Wizards fall to Hawks
Russell Westbrook broke Oscar Robertson’s 47-year-old NBA record for triple-doubles and missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer as the Washington Wizards lost 125-124 to the Atlanta Hawks
11:41PM ( 1 hour ago )
Westbrook breaks Robertson's NBA triple-double record
Russell Westbrook has set the NBA record with his 182nd triple-double, surpassing the mark set by Oscar Robertson in 1974
11:38PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Sports
The Latest: DC to allow full capacity for sports in June
The city government in Washington, D
4:41PM ( 8 hours ago )
Wizards' Beal out at least 2 games with strained hamstring
Bradley Beal will miss at least two games because of a strained left hamstring as his Washington Wizards fight for a play-in berth and he duels Stephen Curry for the NBA scoring title
11:03AM ( 14 hours ago )
Davis takes charge in Lakers' emphatic 123-110 win over Suns
Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds and the Los Angeles Lakers never trailed in a 123-110 win over the Phoenix Suns
2:24AM ( 23 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Westbrook ties Robertson's record, Wizards beat Pacers
Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson’s NBA record for triple-doubles with 181, finishing with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists, and made two free throws with a second left to give Washington a 133-132 overtime victory over Indiana on Saturday night
11:09PM ( 2 days ago )
'We can't worry': At No. 7 in West, Lakers may face play-in
The Los Angeles Lakers won’t have home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs
8:58PM ( 2 days ago )
Embiid strengthens MVP bid, 76ers hold off Pelicans 109-107
Joel Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds to the tune of “MVP
10:47AM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - NBA
1.4B but no more? China's population growth closer to zero
China’s population growth is falling closer to zero, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce as fewer couples have children
12:44AM ( 47 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Means back after no-no, Voit returns to Yanks
Orioles ace John Means got five days of rest following his no-hitter last week against Seattle, and now he’ll try to match Johnny Vander Meer’s record with a second straight no-no against the streaking Mets
12:42AM ( 49 minutes ago )
McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has set a Wednesday vote for removing Rep. Liz Cheney from her No. 3 Republican leadership post
12:24AM ( 1 hour ago )
Pipeline officials hope most service will be back by weekend
U.S. officials are seeking to soothe concerns about price spikes or damage to the economy from last week's cyberattack on a major fuel pipeline
12:22AM ( 1 hour ago )