The “Splash Brothers” lived up to their nickname Sunday at Oracle Arena.
“Those guys are special,” said Warriors coach Mark Jackson. “Steph is obviously a superstar basketball player that has put together an incredible year. Klay Thompson continues to develop with his ability now to put the ball on the floor and attack the paint area and play out the pick-and-rolls. He’s a nightmare to have to defend and the league will have to deal with him.”
Thompson scored 33 points on 11 of 20 shooting, including 7 of 10 from 3-point line. Curry scored 31 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including 5 of 10 from downtown. It marked the first time in their careers that both scored 30+ points in a game.
“He’s getting his points all different ways,” said Curry on his backcourt partner. “Getting to the basket, knocking down open shots, playmaking. He’s also playing defense. He’s a great two-way player so he’s playing some good basketball right now.”
Curry tied a career-high with 16 assists and added three steals.
“He (Curry) makes everyone around him their jobs so much easier,” said Thompson. “Makes my job easy when all I’ve got to do is catch and shoot. He make quick decisions.”
Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green both scored 11 points for the Warriors, who set a season-high in points. The Warriors shot 57.8 percent from the field and set another season-high with 17 made 3-pointers. Andrew Bogut (pelvis/groin) returned after missing four games and recorded six points and 11 rebounds.
Golden State (48-29) improved to a season-high 19 games over .500, which hasn't happened in 20 years, and has a magic number of three to clinch a playoff spot. The Warriors stayed within 1.5 games of fifth-place Portland and stayed ahead of Dallas by the same distance for sixth in the Western Conference.
Trey Burke and Alec Burks led Utah (24-53) with 24 points each. Burke had a career-high 15 assists. Burks set career-highs with 14 made free throws and four steals. Enes Kanter added 12 rebounds.
Curry got Golden State going in the first quarter by scoring 16 points and handing out six assists. The All-Star was 5 of 6 from the field, including 4 of 5 from downtown. Thompson scored eight points on 3 of 5 shooting. The Warriors shot 61.9 percent and led 35-22 after the first 12 minutes.
Golden State extended the lead to 40-22 early in the second quarter. Despite having the worst record in the West, Utah did not go quietly and scored the next 13 points over a two-minute span to cut the deficit to five. But they did not have an answer for Thompson and Curry.
Thompson scored 16 points in nine second-quarter minutes and Curry added five assist and two steals in seven minutes to help Golden State restore a 14-point lead at halftime.
Thompson led the Warriors with 24 points in the first half. Curry recorded 20 points, 11 assists and two steals. Burke led Utah with 14 points and six assists. Burks had 13 points.
Golden State outscored Utah 35-21 in the third quarter to seize complete control of the game. Iguodala scored the team’s first nine points, with two dunks, a 3-pointer and two free throws. Thompson and Curry combined for 20 points. Once again, the Warriors shot 61.9 percent from the field.
“Our defense wasn’t outstanding tonight but our offense just kept clicking,” said Bogut. “When we can have both at the same time I think that’s when we play our best basketball. So hopefully we save it for the playoffs."
Utah shot 45 percent from the field and made 20 of 28 free throws. The Warriors were called for 23 fouls.
“Defensively I think we weren't that bad,” said Bogut. “They just got a lot of touchy fouls and free throws. I can’t remember what they shot from the line but it had to 30 or 40 free throws. Without that, they probably wouldn’t score 80.”
The Warriors swept the season series against the Jazz for the first time in franchise history and now have three days off before Denver comes to town on Thursday, which will give Curry a much-needed rest. According to Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group, Curry was suffering from chills and body aches.
“The funny thing is before the game I wasn’t sure he was going to play,” said Jackson. “The guy was sick. He was drained. When I went into the pregame meeting, I asked him was he fine. He said he’ll see how it feels. While I was watching games, he was laid out on the training table. The guy is a professional He’s a great, great competitor with a tremendous edge to his game.”
David Lee did not dress and missed his sixth straight game with nerve inflammation in his right leg.