Warriors survive Jazz behind Stephen Curry’s 28

Steph Curry breaks his own NBA record by scoring three points for 158th game in a row

Stephen Curry scored 28 points, delivered 9 assists and broke another NBA record to bring the visiting Golden State Warriors to a 123-116 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night January 1 (Sunday January 2, Manila time) at Salt Lake City.

Curry hit 6 of 12 deep to break his own NBA record, scoring three runs for the 158th straight game.

Curry scored 12 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors recovered from an eight-point deficit – after relinquishing a 16-point lead in the second half – to overtake the Jazz.

Andrew Wiggins scored 25 and Otto Porter Jr. added 20 for the Warriors, who played without Draymond Green (health and safety protocols).

Rudy Gobert led the Jazz with 20 points and 19 rebounds, while Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson also scored 20 each.

Utah shot 43.5% against 53.5% for the Warriors, ending a six-game winning streak. The Jazz were on the second night of a straight set, after beating Minnesota on Friday. Golden State had not played since Tuesday.

The Warriors took a five-point lead after trailing eight points earlier in the fourth quarter, but the Jazz tied 111-111 on a Bogdanovic three-man.

Curry then hit a jumper and a three-point pointer to give the Warriors their five-point lead before the last minute. Andre Iguodala hit a triple key in the last minute and Curry sealed the win on the free throw line.

Mitchell, now in his fifth season, has entered the list of the top 10 all-time scorers in jazz history.

Gary Payton II, who played junior college basketball at Salt Lake Community College, started the second half with an alley-oop dunk from Kevon Looney for a 66-50 lead.

The game then took a crazy turn.

In 49 seconds, the Jazz scored eight straight goals out of three from Conley and Royce O’Neale followed by a basket from Bogdanovic. Conley finished the run 10-0 35 seconds later, bringing the Jazz under six.

Curry did a 30-foot triple to stop that Jazz push, but the home team recovered. Utah had a 19-5 run to take a five-point lead it maintained until the fourth quarter.

Utah went up eight after a Conley trey early in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors attacked the basket with Gobert taking a break and scoring seven in a row to set up the home and back finish. – Rappler.com

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