The Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 33-13 first quarter lead in its Game 2 victory over the Utah Jazz. The game was a bit of an up-and-down affair with Utah cutting deeply into the lead in some instances, only to trail by about 20 or so points in others.
To reach this 115-104 win, the Warriors shot 49 percent from the floor and 45 percent from deep. They had 47 rebounds and 17 turnovers. The Jazz went 45 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from long range, and had 39 rebounds to go with 14 turnovers.
Part of why Golden State won this game was Draymond Green’s shooting. He was simply marvelous, going 5-8 on deep (he started 4-4 on triples) and putting up a 21/7/6/4 line. Stephen Curry made 5-of-8 threes for his 23-point effort and Kevin Durant posted a 25/11/7 line. Durant also went 13-15 from the line which helped make up for missing all 4 of his attempts from three-land.
For Utah, they were playing without guard George Hill in Game 2. He was replaced by Shelvin Mack who scored 14 points in 31 minutes. Gordon Hayward was significantly stronger in this contest as he scored 33 points and went 11-21 shooting. Hayward was far and away Utah’s best player in defeat.
Joe Johnson, however, was quiet again, scoring just 8 points in his starting role. Joe Ingles was utterly invisible in his 21 minutes of action. Rudy Gobert was a definite force with his 16/16 line, but the Jazz won’t have a chance of winning with Hayward/Robert being the team’s only successful duo.
If you’re looking for an x-factor Jazz player in need of a quality game, look no further than Rodney Hood. He played 35 minutes off the bench with the problem being his 4-13 shooting (0-5 on threes). Hood finding a rhythm would benefit the Jazz greatly.
On Golden State’s end, something to watch for is an explosion from one of its superstars. Durant, Curry, and Thompson have been formidable thus far, but none of them have posted a 40-point type of game yet. Perhaps that’s a good thing, especially in terms of balance, but look for a star to go off in Game 3 or 4.
With the Warriors fairly easily winning the first two games of this matchup, the series shifts to Utah for Game 3. That will be Saturday, 5/6 at 8:30 PM ET.