After completing a perfect six-game homestand, the Golden State Warriors hope to bring their highly efficient offense with them as they hit the road for the first time since Christmas Day.
As they open a stretch with three of four away from home, the Warriors will try to avoid their fourth straight road defeat Tuesday night by winning their sixth in a row overall against the Utah Jazz.
Golden State (29-5) averages an NBA-high 113.7 points at Oracle Arena after scoring 118.0 per game on the way to a sweep of its recent stay with a 112-94 victory over Cleveland on Jan. 9.
Klay Thompson had 24 points and hit four 3-pointers and Stephen Curry added 23 points, 10 assists and three 3s as the Warriors extended their home win streak to 14 – the longest since a club-record 15-game run in 1989-90.
”It seems like, for the most part, if we keep it close defensively, eventually we’re going to have Klay and Steph hit back-to-back 3s and wear you out with the way we move the ball,” center Andrew Bogut said.
NBA-best Golden State, however, has averaged just 96.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting – far below its 48.4 season mark – while dropping its last three away games.
The Warriors averaged 20.7 assists and 16.7 giveaways during the road losing streak, but they finished with 32.8 assists and just 12.5 turnovers per game over the course of the homestand.
Golden State has won the last five meetings with the Jazz by an average of 14.2 points, including both matchups in Salt Lake City in 2013-14. Curry led the way with 28.0 points per game in last season’s series, though he had a season-low eight in a 101-88 home win Nov. 21 in the first meeting this season.
Andre Iguodala had a team-high 17 points in that contest and Thompson and Speights had 14 apiece as Golden State led by as many as 30 points. The Warriors also shot 50.0 percent from the field while holding Utah to 32 first-half points.
The Jazz have played well defensively of late, allowing 92.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting in their last 10 games. However, they matched a season-low point total in Saturday’s 97-82 loss at Houston that capped a 1-2 road swing.
Utah (13-25) had a season-high 31 turnovers that led to 38 Houston points. That was also an issue in November when the Jazz gave it away 20 times, leading to 28 points for the Warriors.
"We’re trying to get more efficient with our execution, which will help with our turnovers," coach Quin Snyder said Monday. "We’ve made a lot of mistakes handling the ball."
Snyder’s club will try to avoid its third straight home loss as it takes on a Golden State team that has given up 95.6 points per game and a 40.0 field-goal percentage over its past five contests.
Derrick Favors, who is expected to go despite playing with a limp Saturday, has averaged 21.0 points and 10.0 boards over his last four games.
Gordon Hayward, who leads the Jazz with 19.1 points per game, scored nine on 2-of-10 shooting Saturday after he had averaged 23.0 points over his previous three. He’s scored just 10.0 per game in his last three in this series.