The Golden State Warriors overcame a frustrating start to the game to beat a free-falling Utah Jazz 107-100. The win makes it three in a row against Western Conference playoff teams, 7 out of the last 9, and an 18-11 record in the last 27. The team was led by Monta Ellis’ 35 points and Dorell Wright’s 22. Steph Curry added a clutch reverse layup with 31 seconds to seal the victory despite struggling for the entire game. Utah was led by Al Jefferson 23 points and 11 rebounds.
2010 San Francisco Giants World Series MVP, Edgar Renteria, was in attendance to see the Warriors pull out a hard fought victory. The teams were dead-locked at the half at 48 on a night where both teams were on a second game of back to backs. The Jazz managed to pull ahead 63-54 in the third quarter after some sloppy Warriors play. Back to back three by Dorell Wright and Charlie Bell brought the game to 65-62 with 546 remaining in the quarter.
Over the next twelve minutes, the teams battled back and forth with Deron Williams and Monta Ellis spearheading both teams attacks. The struggling Curry checked back into the game with 338 after some strong play by Reggie Williams (15 points on 7 shots, 6-6 FTs). The Warriors bench contributed 31 points again, which included some strong play from rookie PG Jeremy Lin and Brandan Wright (11 points combined).
Late in the game, Monta Ellis took over and had 5 straight points including an impressive “and 1” line drive jumper to increase the Warriors lead to 99-92. Curry added his first and only bucket to clinch the win with 31 seconds left and Dorell Wright added two FTs to make it 107-100 after a missed 3 point attempt from Williams.
1. Start fast: The team came out sluggish for a second night in a row, but managed to keep it within reach again. We cannot let that happen next week when the Boston Celtics come to town.
2. Up to the challenge: Keith Smart’s team proved to be up to the challenge and pulled out the victory. The Utah Jazz’s injuries and lackluster performance aided us on the night, but I must say that our team fights hard night in and night out.
3. Monta Eliis: He showed everyone why a lot of people think he is worthy of an All-Star team bid. He scored at will and took over the game when the team needed him most.
Warrior of the Night: Monta Ellis. He finished with 35 points, 7 assists, 3 steals and put the team on his back like Greg Jennings. These type of games are becoming his standard and I hope to see it for years to come.
756sports hopes the Warriors enjoy their well-deserved break. We want to wish Steph Curry and Dorell Wright the best of luck over the All-Star weekend. Make sure to check back in over the weekend for coverage of the All-Star weekend including dunk by dunk scores of the Blake Griffin led dunk contest.