Last night marked the second game between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz in their playoff series. The first game was a win for the Oakland team as they defeated the Jazz, 106 to 94. In that game, Stephen Curry finished with twenty-two points, seven rebounds and five assists. Rudy Gobert would settle for thirteen points, eight rebounds and three assists. The Utah Jazz looked to tie the series up last night in the Oracle Arena.
The game would start off right for the Golden State Warriors as they put on a scoring display in the first quarter, shooting sixty-one percent from the field as a team, while limiting the Jazz to twenty-eight percent. Draymond Green would go off for twelve points, collecting them all from the three-point line. Klay Thompson would put up six points, shooting seventy-five percent from the field. Stephen Curry would play for the entire first quarter, only to be held to five points. On the other end, Gordon Hayward would score four points while Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Shelvin Mack would each knock down a three-pointer but it was the Warriors who end the first quarter with a huge 33 to 15 lead. The Utah team would look to cut into the deficit as they go on a 32-27 run. During that run, Hayward would shoot a perfect one-hundred percent from the field, collecting eight more points to add to his scoring total. The first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Rudy Gobert, would contribute with eight points of his own while also shooting a perfect one-hundred percent from the field. Gobert would also crash the boards for four rebounds. 2014-2015 Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, would come off the Warriors bench to drop six as the home team would walk into halftime with a commanding 60-47 advantage.
The Jazz would not shy away from the challenge as Indiana-native, Gordon Hayward, would come into the third quarter to get hot for twelve points, including one three-pointer. He would shoot fifty-seven percent from the field while collecting two rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Rudy Gobert would continue to contribute with six points and four rebounds. On the other end of the court, Curry would start to come alive for ten points, earning six of those points from behind the arc. Former Thunder player, Kevin Durant, would help out with six points and six defensive rebounds as they walk into the last quarter with a 92 to 82 lead. The home team would finish things off in the fourth period as Durant would light the floor up with eleven more points, shooting thirty-three percent from the field. Stephen Curry would put up five points, which would contain one three-pointer while Ian Clark would come off the bench to give five points, as well, which included one three-pointer. Gordon Hayward would try to keep his Jazz team in it as he throws up nine points, which included two three-pointers but it was the Golden State Warriors who defeat the Utah Jazz with a 115 to 104 score, making the series 2-0. Kevin Durant finished with twenty-five points, eleven rebounds and seven assists. Gordon Hayward would settle for thirty-three points, five rebounds and four assists.