Hayward scores 26 to lead way as Jazz upset Warriors
The Golden State Warriors stepped off the plane in Salt Lake City with a bad taste in their mouths from a two-point overtime loss against the Chicago Bulls earlier in the week. Things got even worse against the Jazz on Friday night.
The Warriors struggled defensively for the third straight game as Gordon Hayward led the Jazz to a 110-100 upset win against the league’s highest-scoring team.
It was the Jazz’s first win in three tries against the Warriors.
Hayward scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and showed no lingering effects from sinus congestion that held him out of practice Thursday and affected him in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday. He added six assists and three steals
"It was good to see (Hayward) get energized and get some of his juice back," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "I think he’s always risen to a challenge in a matchup. He played really well and played really hard. … The biggest thing is his rebounding."
The Jazz got a huge lift from the bench with 17 points from Trevor Booker and 15 from second-year point guard Trey Burke, who may have had his best game since moving to the bench with seven assists and one turnover.
"We all know that we’re going to get the minutes," Burke said. "We got to go out there and produce, though. It’s about we, not me.
"Specifically on the defensive end. We have to have each other’s backs. You can talk a lot about the offense from the bench, but defense is what started it."
Stephen Curry had his ninth 30-point game of the season and finished with 32.
But his fellow All-Star backcourt teammate Klay Thompson was held to 12 after scoring at least 22 in the last five games. The Warriors were never able to put together one of their trademark scoring runs.
The Jazz (17-30) used an 11-2 run early in the second quarter to take a 39-27 lead as the Warriors just didn’t resemble the team with the NBA’s best record. Golden State (36-8) never led and tied just twice in the first quarter.
"We didn’t have enough life to win a game on the road against a hungry, young team," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "It’s all energy. It’s all focus and being on edge. Everybody in this league has so much talent, so it’s usually the team that has a little better edge, physically, emotionally.
"We can’t play that way on the road, not getting those loose balls, and not boxing out and not getting a body on people and expect to win."
Jazz: The Jazz bench players scored 28 of the team’s 56 first-half points and finished with 51. … The Jazz finished their four-game homestand 2-2. … Dante Exum went to the locker room in the third quarter after being hit in the throat by an elbow. He returned to the bench later that quarter and to the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Warriors: The Warriors trailed by double-digits at halftime for fifth time this season — all on the road. They are 1-4 in those games … Outside of Curry and Thompson, Golden State starters scored just 15 points. … The 100 points were the fewest scored by the Warriors since an 86-point effort in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 25. … The 43.0 shooting percentage was the fifth lowest of the season for the Warriors. … Friday was the third time this season the Warriors have lost back-to-back games, accounting for six of their eight losses.
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Jazz rookie Joe Ingles told stories Thursday about the difference between playing in NBA arenas and those overseas. He’s played for the Australian National team and in Spain and Israel.
"I’ve had all kinds of things thrown at me and fans spit at you," Ingles said with a laugh. "I’ve seen a lot. Teammates been hit with objects and start bleeding. … You name it and I’ve either had it thrown at me or one of my teammates has. … It’s nice to be able to just go into an arena and not get abused and stuff thrown at you every week."
Jazz: At the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday.
Warriors: Host Phoenix Suns on Saturday.