Warriors’ 4th quarter rally falls short as they lose to the Jazz 113-109

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By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors lost their 14th game of the year Friday night as the Utah Jazz beat them 113-109. The Warriors, who lost to the Dallas Mavericks by 48 points two nights ago, played well in the first quarter. They fell behind in the second and third quarters, but late in the fourth quarter, they went on a 21-6 run to make the game closer. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late.

The Warriors, with eight players available, were competitive in the first quarter. They finished the period trailing by two 30-28. In the second quarter, the Jazz outscored them 35-23 to end the first half leading 65-51.

The Jazz increased the lead to 18 as they continued to outplay the short-handed Warriors. The score after three quarters was 90-72. It looked as if the Jazz was cruising to a comfortable victory. With the score at 100-80, the Warriors found their mojo and went on a 21-6 run to close within 5 points 106-101. The Jazz regrouped and were able to hold off the Warriors to secure the 113-109 win.

Game Notes: The Warriors had seven players in double-figures Friday. Alec Burks led the team with 20 points. Ky Bowman and Glenn Robinson each had 17. Bowman made 3 threes in six tries. Omari Spellman had 18, Marquese Chriss 10, Jordan Poole 13, and Eric Paschall had 12 points and 7 boards. Willie Cauley-Stein had just 1 bucket. His bucket came at the end of the 21-6 run in the fourth quarter.

Utah’s leading scorers were Donavan Mitchell with 30, Mike Conley with 27, Bojan Bogdanovich with 17 and Emmanuel Mudiay with 11. Big man Rudy Gobert scored just 8 points, but he was a force on defense. He recorded 19 rebounds and blocked 7 shots.

Due to the discovery of a suspicious package at the Arena in Salt Lake City, all the players and coaches had to leave the building immediately after the conclusion of the game. Many fans had left early as the Jazz had a big lead and were not on hand to witness the Warriors make a charge late in the game.

Up Next: The Warriors’ record is now a woeful 3-14. The Jazz improved to 10-5. The Warriors return home to play the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday night at the Chase Center. The game will start at 7:30 pm.

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