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Warriors bury Jazz with big third quarter, win 126-101

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Even after his Golden State Warriors scored 42 points in the third quarter, coach Steve Kerr was most pleased with their defense.

''I thought the defense in the third quarter was tremendous, triggered our offense,'' Kerr said. ''There was a different energy in the building in the second half.''

Kevin Durant scored 21 points, Draymond Green flirted with his second straight triple-double and the Warriors used that big third quarter to zoom past the Utah Jazz, 126-101 on Wednesday night for their 13th win in 14 games.

The game was the 10th straight the defending NBA champs played without two-time MVP Stephen Curry, sidelined by a sprained right ankle.

The team redefined itself, Kerr said, and won nine of them.

''I love what we've become, morphing into this defensive juggernaut,'' he said.

Durant, who blocked three shots and has swatted at least two in 10 straight games, said the team knew life would be different without Curry. But the Warriors held teams to an average of 95.2 points during the stretch.

''Defensively is where we kind of knuckled down because we knew offense was going to be a little tougher,'' Durant said.

Durant also said he expects Curry to be back soon. He is scheduled to scrimmage 5-on-5 on Thursday and will be evaluated Friday before the Warriors' game against Charlotte.

''I see the look in his eyes and I know he's ready to play,'' Durant said.

The game was the first between the teams since the Warriors' four-game playoff sweep in the Western Conference semifinals last spring, winning each game by double digits.

Green finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in three quarters, two nights after tying the franchise career record with his 20th triple-double. Patrick McCaw added 18 points.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder wasn't surprised by the way Golden State came out after halftime.

''They're the best team in the league in the third quarter,'' he said. ''We didn't turn it over, but we had some breakdowns. They're a team, if you make a mistake they'll make you pay.''

The Warriors' 42-22 margin in the quarter marked the fifth time this season they have outscored an opponent by at least 20 points in the third period.

Rodney Hood scored 26 for Utah.

TIP-INS

Jazz: C Rudy Gobert (left PCL strain and bone bruise) missed his seventh straight game. ''They're different because Gobert's out,'' Kerr said. ''That changes everything.'' . G Raul Neto (concussion) was sidelined for the ninth straight game . Rookie Nazareth Mitrou-Long received nine stitches above his left eye Tuesday night after a late-game collision with the Nuggets' Trey Lyles. He did not play Wednesday.

Warriors: Klay Thompson was 3 of 5 on 3-pointers, moving him into a tie for third with Dana Barros at 89 consecutive games with a 3-pointer. Curry has the NBA record of 157 games . Durant has averaged 29.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 3.1 blocked shots in the 10 games the Warriors played without Curry . Center Zaza Pachulia, who missed eight games with shoulder soreness, started for the first time since Dec. 6.

2-MINUTE DEBATE

The day after the NBA acknowledged four missed calls in the final two minutes of the Warriors-Cavaliers game on Christmas Day, Green called the practice of releasing the two-minute officiating reports ''pointless.''

The league acknowledged that game officials missed three fouls on Durant and one on LeBron James. Green was critical of the reports, suggesting, ''It makes no sense. Like, LeBron can't go back and get the play over and get the two free throws. So who does it help?''

Kerr, declining to be drawn into the debate, said he appreciates the league's transparency, but added, ''I haven't looked it at all year.''

UP NEXT

Jazz: Host Cleveland on Saturday.

Warriors: Host Charlotte on Friday.

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Key Players
R. Hood
5 SG
K. Durant
35 SF
34.8 Min. Per Game 34.8
26.2 Pts. Per Game 26.2
5.1 Ast. Per Game 5.1
7.2 Reb. Per Game 7.2
41.6 Field Goal % 50.3
41.4 Three Point % 50.0
85.5 Free Throw % 88.4
  Defensive rebound by JaVale McGee 0:13
  Thabo Sefolosha missed layup, blocked by JaVale McGee 0:17
  Offensive rebound by Thabo Sefolosha 0:17
  Royce O'Neale missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:23
+ 2 JaVale McGee made fade-away jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 0:30
+ 1 Rodney Hood made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:49
+ 1 Rodney Hood made 1st of 2 free throws 0:49
  Personal foul on Kevon Looney 0:49
+ 2 JaVale McGee made dunk, assist by Jordan Bell 0:56
+ 2 Rodney Hood made hook shot, assist by Alec Burks 1:04
+ 3 Nick Young made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jordan Bell 1:14
Team Stats
Points 101 126
Field Goals 37-92 (40.2%) 51-86 (59.3%)
3-Pointers 6-23 (26.1%) 11-23 (47.8%)
Free Throws 21-27 (77.8%) 13-17 (76.5%)
Total Rebounds 47 53
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 33 46
Team 4 3
Assists 21 37
Steals 10 8
Blocks 2 7
Turnovers 13 16
Fouls 22 18
Technicals 1 0
26 PTS, 5 REB
21 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Jazz 15-21 24232232101
home team logo Warriors 28-7 23254236126
Team Stats
away team logo Jazz 15-21 102.4 PPG 45 RPG 20.3 APG
home team logo Warriors 28-7 111.8 PPG 46.6 RPG 27.2 APG
Key Players
R. Hood SG PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Durant SF 29.2 PPG 7.1 RPG 4.4 APG 50.2 FG%
Top Scorers
R. Hood SG 26 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
K. Durant SF 21 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
40.2 FG% 59.3
26.1 3PT FG% 47.8
77.8 FT% 76.5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Favors 25 17 10 1 0 0 0 4 7/11 0/0 3/4 5 5 29 -5
D. Mitchell 34 17 7 3 2 1 3 4 6/17 1/6 4/5 0 7 30 -11
T. Sefolosha 32 11 8 1 2 1 2 3 4/12 1/2 2/2 3 5 22 -13
R. Rubio 25 10 2 2 2 0 1 1 5/13 0/2 0/0 0 2 17 -8
J. Ingles 24 3 4 7 0 0 4 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 4 17 -23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Favors 25 17 10 1 0 0 0 4 7/11 0/0 3/4 5 5 29 -5
D. Mitchell 34 17 7 3 2 1 3 4 6/17 1/6 4/5 0 7 30 -11
T. Sefolosha 32 11 8 1 2 1 2 3 4/12 1/2 2/2 3 5 22 -13
R. Rubio 25 10 2 2 2 0 1 1 5/13 0/2 0/0 0 2 17 -8
J. Ingles 24 3 4 7 0 0 4 2 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 4 17 -23
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Hood 29 26 5 0 3 0 1 1 9/20 2/5 6/8 2 3 33 -23
A. Burks 20 10 2 3 0 0 1 3 3/8 1/3 3/4 0 2 17 -18
R. O'Neale 10 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 1/3 0/2 3/4 0 3 12 +8
J. Johnson 15 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 1 4 -12
E. Udoh 22 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 -20
J. Jerebko - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Mitrou-Long - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. McCree - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Gobert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Neto - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Wolters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Exum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 101 43 21 10 2 13 22 37/92 6/23 21/27 10 33 185 -125
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 29 21 6 4 0 3 2 3 7/10 2/3 5/5 0 6 36 +23
K. Thompson 30 15 0 1 0 1 2 1 5/12 3/5 2/2 0 0 16 +12
D. Green 24 14 8 8 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/5 0/0 0 8 35 +6
S. Livingston 20 8 2 3 2 1 1 0 4/7 0/0 0/0 0 2 18 +6
Z. Pachulia 13 5 1 2 1 0 2 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 1 9 +5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Durant 29 21 6 4 0 3 2 3 7/10 2/3 5/5 0 6 36 +23
K. Thompson 30 15 0 1 0 1 2 1 5/12 3/5 2/2 0 0 16 +12
D. Green 24 14 8 8 0 0 3 1 6/10 2/5 0/0 0 8 35 +6
S. Livingston 20 8 2 3 2 1 1 0 4/7 0/0 0/0 0 2 18 +6
Z. Pachulia 13 5 1 2 1 0 2 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 0 1 9 +5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. McCaw 20 18 4 0 1 0 1 0 7/10 1/3 3/4 1 3 22 +18
N. Young 22 15 1 1 0 0 0 1 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 1 18 +12
O. Casspi 15 10 4 2 1 0 2 1 5/5 0/0 0/0 0 4 17 +6
J. McGee 4 6 1 0 0 2 0 1 3/4 0/1 0/0 0 1 9 -2
D. West 12 6 4 2 1 0 1 3 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 4 14 +2
J. Bell 21 5 13 7 1 0 1 4 2/6 0/0 1/3 2 11 32 +18
A. Iguodala 19 3 6 7 1 0 0 1 1/7 0/2 1/2 1 5 24 +22
K. Looney 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 -1 -3
S. Curry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Boucher - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 126 50 37 8 7 16 18 51/86 11/23 13/17 4 46 249 +125