Warriors

Warriors

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The Warriors once again had a late-season opportunity to move two games ahead of the pace set by the record-setting 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, and this time they summoned the resolve to take advantage.

Outscoring the Jazz 14-7 overtime, the Warriors pulled out a 103-96 victory Wednesday night to push their record to 68-7 through 75 games. Those Bulls, who finished 72-10, were 66-9 at the same juncture.

The win established a new franchise-record for wins in a single season.

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 31 points, including 6 in OT, as the Warriors disappointed the sellout crowd at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Klay Thompson tossed in 18 points, Draymond Green totaled 13 and Harrison Barnes added 15.

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The Warriors arrived in Salt Lake City around 3 a.m. Wednesday morning and showed the effects of playing the second night of a back-to-back set. They started well enough, shooting 50 percent in the first quarter and taking a five-point lead, but tailed off appreciably before recovering late in regulation and taking over in OT.

The Warriors committed 18 turnovers, to 15 for Utah, and were outrebounded 54-46. The Jazz (37-38) had significant advantages in points in the paint, 40-34, and second-chance points, 22-11.

Utah, a potential first-round opponent, was held to 40.2 shooting from the field.

In their most recent previous chance to go two games ahead of the pace of the ’95-’96 Bulls, the Warriors lost to the Lakers on March 6 in Los Angeles.

 

STANDOUT PERFORMER:
Though no member of the Warriors played particularly well for most of the game, Curry and Green were effective at critical points of a tight game.

Curry’s line: 31 pints (11-of-23 shooting, 5-of-10 from deep), seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. He played 42 minutes and finished plus-6 for the game.

Green’s line: 13 points (5-of-10, 1-of-3), eight rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots. He played 43 minutes and finished plus-5.

TURNING POINT:
Trailing 82-74 with 6:18 to play, the Warriors closed the game on a 15-7 run to push it into OT.

Thompson drilled a 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to pull the Warriors into an 89-89 tie and force the extra period.

INJURY UPDATE:
Warriors: F Brandon Rush (R knee bruise) was listed as questionable but upgraded to available prior to tipoff. C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery), F Andre Iguodala (L ankle sprain) and F Kevon Looney (R hip soreness) were listed as out.

Jazz: G Alec Burks (R fibula fracture) and G Dante Exum (L ACL surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT:
The Warriors immediately after the game returned to Oakland, where on Friday they play host to the Boston Celtics at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:40 p.m.