OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andre Iguodala scored 17 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors used a blistering start to beat the Utah Jazz 101-88 on Friday night for their fourth straight win.
After a four-day layoff, the Warriors showed no signs of rust. They led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter, 54-32 at the half and 85-57 entering the fourth.
Golden State (9-2) is off to its best start in 41 years.
Enes Kanter scored 18 points, and Gordon Hayward had 12 points and five rebounds for a young Jazz team that’s struggling against top competition. Utah (5-8) hasn’t beaten a team that currently has a winning record.
In what has been a scintillating month under new coach Steve Kerr, the Warriors entered the game leading the NBA shooting 49.9 percent from the field and holding opponents to a league-low 41.4 percent from the floor. But they also topped the league with 19.3 turnovers per game as they adjusted to Kerr’s ball-movement based offense.
The Warriors put on a dazzling display against the Jazz, showing off a space-and-pace scheme and a smothering defense while minimizing mistakes on both ends.
Golden State outshot the Jazz 50 percent to 42.7 percent. The Warriors also had just 13 turnovers — most with the outcome already decided — while Utah committed 20.
The Warriors scored the first 12 points and at times made the game look more like a practice session, swishing shots with ease and using defense to turn transition baskets and create highlights.
The most captivating play came in the second quarter when Andrew Bogut tossed a behind-the-back pass to Stephen Curry near the top of the arc. Dribbling to his left, Curry floated a left-handed lob back to Bogut that the 7-footer finished with a right-handed slam, bringing the announced sellout crowd of 19,596 roaring to its feet.
Utah took more than four minutes to score its first basket, struggled to defend Golden State’s streaky shooters and had trouble moving the ball on offense.
The Warriors got big contributions from all over, including Klay Thompson (14 points), Marreese Speights (14 points), Bogut (12 points, four rebounds) and Draymond Green (11 points, nine rebounds, five assists).
Jazz: Rodney Hood missed the game with right plantar fasciitis. He remains out indefinitely.
Warriors: The team said David Lee, who has missed all but one game because of a strained left hamstring, is making “very good progress” and will be evaluated again during the upcoming five-game road trip. … The Warriors have won five straight over Utah, the longest streak in franchise history.
Jazz: Host New Orleans on Saturday.
Warriors: At Oklahoma City on Sunday.
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