The Golden State Warriors set another impressive record Wednesday night.
Stephen Curry scored 31 points, Klay Thompson added 18 and the Warriors won their franchise record 68th game of the season with a 103-96 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. They became just the sixth team in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
“Nothing really went our way for most of the night,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said. “They kept fighting. We always compete. That’s the great thing about this team. That’s why we have this record.”
The Warriors were subpar for a majority of the game, but they are now just a handful of wins away from the winningest regular-season in NBA history. Out of the seven games remaining, five are at Oracle Arena and two on the road.
Despite having played the previous night and getting into Salt Lake CIty in the wee hours of the morning, the Warriors played a solid first quarter. They scored 26 points on 50 percent shooting and led 26-21.
But Golden State struggled in the middle two quarters, hitting only 12-of 39 shots (.307). The Warriors were outscored 48-37 and fell behind by six after three quarters.
“We were great in the first 10 minutes,” Kerr said. “The ball was moving. We had beautiful flow to the game. After that, it went straight downhill. In the second quarter, third quarter, couldn’t get anything going…But we were never out of it. We were always within six, eight points and we knew we could make that up quickly if we just turned things around.”
The Warriors did turn it around midway through the fourth quarter and used a 11-3 run to tie the game at 85 with 2:18 to go. Utah regained the lead 52 seconds later on a 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward. Curry and Shelvin Mack each made 1-of-2 free throws and the game remained a three-point contest with 24.3 seconds on the clock.
Instead of going for a quick two, the Warriors went for the tie. Thompson missed a good look at a 3-pointer. As has been the case for over the last two seasons, the Warriors made a play that saved the game. The rebound bounced off the rim left and right to Shaun Livingston. Livingston got the ball back out to Thompson, who splashed a 25-footer from the left wing to tie the game with 15.0 seconds left.
“Got my legs into it,” Thompson told CSN Bay Area. “Did not hesitate. I got some arc onto it and just sticking with it. I knew I wasn’t going to miss twice.”
The Jazz still had time for a game-winner, but Mack’s fadeaway jumper was blocked by Draymond Green. Hayward got the rebound, but his shot at the buzzer was no good.
“I don’t want to get into analyzing the last play or the first play because our guys competed their asses off,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. “We played so hard and played well. So I just don’t want the focus to be on execution on one specific play.”
The overtime period belonged to Golden State. The Warriors made all five shots and held Utah to 3-of-9 shooting. Curry and Green scored six points apiece. Green sealed the game with a thunderous one-handed dunk with 64 seconds left.
“That’s playoff-style basketball right there and to come out with a win when you play probably a C-minus game, that says a lot about our team,” Green said.
“Felt like we played well enough to win tonight,”Hayward said. “Didn’t get the plays we needed to down the stretch to secure the win. But they are a good team. They hit the shots when they needed to.”
Hayward led Utah (37-38) with 21 points and three steals. Rodney Hood had 20 points and six rebounds. Mack finished with 12 points and nine assists. Rudy Gobert added 11 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks. Derrick Favors chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds before leaving the game in the third quarter with right knee soreness. He had injured his ankle earlier in the second quarter.
The Jazz shot 40.2 percent from the field, an icy 9-of-32 from 3-point range and an abysmal 13-of-29 from the free-throw line. They fell into a tie with both the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks for seventh in the Western Conference.
Note: Per ESPN Stats and Info, Green made NBA history by becoming the first player to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks in a season.