Golden State Warriors game 2 wrap: Warriors Take a 2-0 Series Lead Over the Jazz in 111-102 win

May 5, 2017

Golden State Warriors, NBA

By Barbara Mason

The Golden State Warriors took the court at Oracle Arena Thursday night in search of a game two victory and a 2-0 series lead over the Utah Jazz. Stephen Curry was back in action after taking a day off at practice Wednesday. The Warriors were at full strength giving Utah a Mt. Everest challenge especially on their home court. The Jazz would have their work cut out for them.

The first quarter opened blow-out style causing the Jazz to take an early time-out. Midway through the quarter Utah began to settle down a bit but had a lot of ground to make up. At 4:08 left in the quarter the Jazz called another time-out when Golden State took a dozen point lead 23-11. It was all Warriors with their impenetrable and lethal offense as the quarter began to wind down. The score was 33-15 going into the second quarter. Draymond Green was spectacular going four for four from downtown torching the basket Utah went without a basket for over five minutes in the quarter going absolutely stale.

The second quarter was more of the same with Golden State unable to do much wrong. As the quarter reached the mid-way point the Warriors began to make a few errors that Coach Mikel Brown was not pleased with calling a time-out. The Jazz had cut their deficit in half in the later minutes of the second quarter before Golden State got back on track. The score at halftime was 60-47 as Utah regained their footing only trailing by 13. The first five minutes of the third quarter would be crucial for the Utah.

The Jazz came out with a purpose cutting their deficit to single digits at 9:11. The Warriors had cooled off quieting the crowd. All it took was a spectacular Durant dunk and the crowd came alive; the Warriors enjoying a 13 point lead at 6:55 left the third quarter. The Jazz continued to stay on the Warriors heels despite the absence of George Hill. The Warriors led by 10 going into the fourth quarter 92-82; the Jazz refusing to back down. This game had changed significantly since that extraordinary first quarter.

It seemed as if every time Golden State got a nice lead, Utah would fight back. The Warriors would hang on to win the game 111-102 and take a 2-0 series lead. Utah has not led in either of their losses. Durant led with 25 points, Curry with 23 followed by Green with 21 and Thompson with 14. Despite the final score, Golden State dominated in this game.

The Warriors will now head out on the road for game three Saturday night looking to go up 3-0 in the series.

 

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