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Curry, Bogut lead Warriors over Jazz

Stephen Curry scored 44 points on 14 of 26 shooting.
Stephen Curry scored 44 points on 14 of 26 shooting.

Stephen Curry scored 30 of his season-high 44 points in the second half and Andrew Bogut grabbed 17 rebounds for a second consecutive game to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 95-90 victory over the Utah Jazz on Friday night at the EnergySolutions Arena.

Curry was 14 of 26 from the field, including 8 of 13 from the three-point line. Bogut added 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting, five assists and three blocks.

While Curry and Bogut had it going offensively, the rest of the team managed just 35 points on 21.5 percent shooting. Klay Thompson was 3 of 20, including 1 of 14 from inside the arc. Harrison Barnes, starting for an injured David Lee (left hip, left shoulder), was 2 of 10.

Alec Burks led Utah (16-30) with 26 points. Enes Kanter had 15 points and Diante Garrett added a career-high 13. Jeremy Evans had 10 points and four rebounds before leaving in the second quarter with a bruised tailbone and bruised right elbow.

The Jazz shot 47.9 percent, but committed 19 turnovers, including a career-high eight from Gordon Hayward. Golden State (29-19) committed just nine turnovers and was able to convert those Utah miscues into 24 valuable points.

The Warriors had a nine-point lead early in the first quarter, but their poor shooting allowed the Jazz to come back and take a seven-point lead at halftime. Golden State shot just 34 percent in the first half, including 28 percent in the second quarter. Utah, after starting 3 of 10, finished at 50 percent.

The Jazz extended the lead to nine early in the second half, but Curry kept the Warriors within striking distance, scoring 17 points in the quarter. Utah led 71-66 after three quarters.

The turning point of the game came early in the fourth. Trailing by nine, the Warriors went on a 12-0 run to turn a nine-point deficit into a three-point lead with 6:20 left. Bogut and Curry led the charge. Curry made two 3s and Bogut had an emphatic block on a dunk attempt by Hayward.

The Jazz crawled back to take a one-point lead with 2:18 left, but Curry quickly answered with a floater. The Warriors stopped the Jazz on their next five possessions and sealed the victory with free throws.

NOTES: The Jazz honored former coach Jerry Sloan with a banner ceremony at halftime. Sloan won 1,223 games in 23 seasons with Utah. Bogut recorded his second 16-point, 17-rebound and five-assist game of his career. The Warriors’ reserves were outscored 48-12. Utah played without Marvin Williams (right heel) and Derrick Favors (right hip). Golden State won two regular season games in Utah for only the second time in franchise history.

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