Warriors tune out Jazz in third quarter, roll to blowout win
SINGING A SWEET TUNE
OAKLAND -- After a sluggish first half, the Warriors rediscovered their third-quarter magic Wednesday night and it was enough to carry them to a 126-101 rout of the Jazz at Oracle Arena.
Six players scored in double figures, with Kevin Durant’s 21 points leading the parade. Pat McCaw had a season-high 18 points, Nick Young and Klay Thompson had 15 apiece, Draymond Green 14 and Omri Casspi had 10.
Winning for the 13th time in 14 games, the Warriors (28-7) outscored Utah 42-22 in the third quarter, the fifth time this season they’ve outscored an opponent by at least 20 in the third.
Several Warriors responded to the halftime wakeup call, including Andre Iguodala, Jordan Bell and McCaw. Durant was primary catalyst, though, playing all 12 minutes in the third and posting a plus-21 for the quarter.
Durant’s line: 21 points (7-of-10 shooting from the field, including 2-of-3 from deep, 5-of-5 from the line), six rebounds, four assists and three blocks. He played 29 minutes and finished plus-23.
After a Derrick Favors jump hook brought the Jazz within one, 62-61, with 6:55 left in the third quarter, the Warriors put together a 15-2 run, taking a 77-63 lead on a dunk by Durant with 3:35 left in the quarter.
The Warriors shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) in the third quarter, while holding the Jazz to 37.5 percent (9-of-24).
The Warriors pushed the lead 21 (90-69) by the end of the quarter and Utah got no closer than 20 in the fourth.
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) was listed as out. F Omri Casspi left late in the game with an apparent right ankle injury.
Jazz: G Dante Exum (L shoulder surgery), C Rudy Gobert (L knee sprain, bone bruise) and G Raul Neto (concussion protocol) were listed as out.
The Warriors return to action Friday night, when they face the Charlotte Hornets at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.