SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz showed they can be a dangerous team from beyond the arc.
Mitchell and Mike Conley each hit five three-pointers as the Jazz shot 56 per cent (15 for 27) from deep over the first three quarters to take command in a 122-108 victory over the Golden State Warriors yesterday.
Utah entered averaging 29.3 attempts per game from three-point range, fifth-fewest in the NBA.
“We’re a team that we want to be able to shoot 3s and make 3s at a high clip,” Conley said. “We’ve got a lot of guys who can do it.”
Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds to power the Jazz inside, but it was their perimeter shooting that made the difference every time the Warriors threatened a comeback. Mitchell added 23 points and Conley scored 22 for Utah, which improved to 7-3.
The injury-ravaged Warriors fell to an NBA-worst 2-9, and their frustrations boiled over in the fourth quarter.
Draymond Green, back after missing five games with a torn finger ligament, earned back-to-back technicals and an ejection for arguing a blocking call with 8:28 left.
“I disagreed with that call, and I’m never going to be OK with another grown man telling me don’t talk,” Green said.
“If you feel like you got the call wrong, or right, you don’t tell me not to talk. I’m a grown man.”
Less than a minute later, coach Steve Kerr was given a technical after arguing a kicked-ball call against Jordan Poole.
It’s been that kind of season so far for the Warriors, who had their biggest star back in the building.
Stephen Curry, sidelined for at least the next three months because of a broken left hand, held a pre-game media briefing to discuss his injury and try to lend his teammates some moral support.
Point guard D’Angelo Russell continues to be a bright spot for Golden State. He scored 33 points, his fourth consecutive game of 30 or more.
Green pointed out it’s a different offence the Warriors are running than before he was injured. With Curry out, Kerr is putting the ball in Russell’s hands, which means more pick-and-rolls and less rapid-fire passing.
“I don’t really have the ball in my hands. I’ve always been a playmaker. I don’t really have the ball much,” Green said.
“It’s just (something) to figure out. It’s not the first time in my career I’ve had to figure something out.”