Warriors blitz Utah, put on another defensive clinic

Dubs run past the Jazz thanks to 42-point 3rd quarter

Bonta Hill
December 27, 2017 - 11:10 pm

If you’re a Golden State Warriors fan and you fell asleep during the first half of Wednesday night’s game against the methodical Utah Jazz, I can’t really say I blame you.

This game was a clunker for the first 19 minutes. Two days after an intensely competitive Christmas Day showdown against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Warriors half-court offense was very stagnant.

In the first 19 minutes, the Warriors were held to 31 points by the stingy Jazz, shooting 37.2 percent from the floor.

It was ugly and it was nauseating, especially after folks on Twitter went into a tizzy over the two-minute reports about Kevin Durant “fouling” LeBron James late in that Christmas Day extravaganza.

But in the last 29 minutes of the contest, the Warriors roasted the Jazz for 95 points (and 72 percent from the floor!) — including a 42-burger in the third quarter — to win 126-101 and improve to an NBA-best 28-7.

Since Nov. 27 when they lost at home to the Sacramento Kings — a game in which Durant and Stephen Curry watched from the locker room — the Warriors have won 13 out of 14.

Well, the Warriors are known as a team that scores in bunches, blitzing opponents with a flurry of scoring in an array of ways, and Utah was the latest culprit to get buried by a game-ending Warriors run.

But as scintillating as the Warriors offense can be, you have to appreciate the way this team plays defense.

Durant and Draymond Green led the way again on that end of the court, as they held the Jazz to 40 percent shooting (6-for-23 from the 3-point line) and blocked another seven shots.

Don't you think Durant is hearing all of the Defensive Player of the Year chatter? The guy has turned into an absolute eraser on the defensive end:

Patrick McCaw built off of his strong second half against the Cavs and scored a season-high 18 points and played a key role in the Warriors big third quarter. Green approves of the aggressive version of McCaw:

Oh, and the Warriors tallied up another 37 assists - 26 in the second half - including this nifty dime from Andre Iguodala to Omri Casspi:

How can we ever get bored of watching this team? I beg the fans, don’t take this era of Golden State Warrior basketball for granted. Defensively, offensively, this is some of the best ball ever played in the history of the NBA.

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