OAKLAND -- They led by as much as 20. They never trailed. They won by double digits. And, still, even in triumph, there was discontent among the Warriors
And nobody expressed it more than veteran forward Andre Iguodala.
“There are a lot of things we can do better,” he said after a 115-104 victory over Utah Thursday night in Game 2 of this Western Conference Semifinal series. “And we have to continue to think that way, or get more of a thirst to want to play perfect. And when we don’t, we should be upset.
“Our intentions are good, but we have to have the thirst to want to be like a machine and try to destroy everything.”
The Warriors were fairly machine-like early, racing out to leads of 10-3, 16-6 and 33-15 after one quarter.
The Jazz, however, outscored the Warriors 89-82 over the final three quarters.
“We got too comfortable with that lead and couldn’t put them away,” Klay Thompson said.
“We know we can play better,” acting head coach Mike Brown said. “We broke down in a lot of areas where we should have been better.
“But in the same breath, too, yes, we did some nice things. We had 33 assists. We held them to five offensive rebounds. And then at the end of the day, we got the W.”
The Warriors took a 60-47 lead into halftime, only to have the Jazz close to 63-57 less than three minutes into the second half.
When the Warriors cranked the lead to 16 with 2:18 left in the third quarter, Utah needed only 90 seconds to get back to within eight.
“There’s no excuse for that,” Thompson said. “We’re 6-0 (in the postseason). We couldn’t ask for a better start. But it’s the playoffs, and we can’t let teams get confident. I thought we did that tonight.”
With the Warriors committing 17 turnovers, the Jazz seemed to sense at least some vulnerability. Never, though, could they get within a possession.
“We had a lot of turnovers tonight, the most we’ve had in a while,” Iguodala said. “And that gives teams confidence. If we take care of that, the defense is that much better.
“We have to compete against ourselves. We can’t compete against the score. And I think that is one of our biggest weaknesses, seeing the scoreboard and getting too comfortable.”