The Warriors are 18-0, and they go for win No. 19 to start the season on Monday against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. A win would give the Warriors 23 straight regular-season wins, dating back to last season.
The Warriors are 101-20 overall since the start of last season, so they don’t lose often anymore, anywhere. But the last time they went to Utah – on Jan. 30, 2015 — the Jazz laid a 110-100 defeat on Golden State, and it was one of the Warriors’ least impressive games of the year.
If you take a look at the boxscore from that night, it’s an unusual one for the Golden State Warriors.
The Jazz didn’t do anything overly impressive that night, shooting just 44 percent from the field, including 9-for-25 from 3-point range. But the Jazz won the rebounding battle, 55-41, and held the Warriors to just 8-for-27 shooting from beyond the arc.
Gordon Hayward was the best player on the court, finishing with 26 points, 15 rebounds and six assists. But Utah also got consistent contributions from their big players: Derrick Favors (15 points), Rudy Gobert (10 points, 10 rebounds) and Enes Kanter (10 rebounds).
Stephen Curry led the Warriors in scoring, with 32 points, and he went 5-for-11 from 3-point range. But no other Warriors’ player made a 3, except Leandro Barbosa, who went 3-for-4. Pretty incredible that Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala combined to go 0-for-10 from beyond the arc.
What made this one very different from most Warriors’ games is that the Jazz got up early and led by 11 points at the half. Utah stretched that lead to 18 early in the third quarter, and for the rest of the game, pretty much held Golden State at arm’s length.
At the time, the loss dropped the Warriors to 36-8, and it was their second consecutive loss at the time. They were coming off a loss at home – their last regular-season loss at Oracle, by the way – to the Bulls.
The win pushed the Jazz’s record to 17-30.
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