Wednesday, May 3, 2017

NBA: Warriors rip Jazz in second-round opener

WASHINGTON -- NBA season wins leader Golden State beat visiting Utah, 106-94, in the opener of their second-round series.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points while Draymond Green and Kevin Durant each added 17 points and Klay Thompson had 15 as the Warriors showed no rust from a week off after a first-round sweep.

"Seven days can get a little bit tough," Green said. "We were a little beat up. It was good we got our guys healed up. We came out and showed good rhythm."

The Warriors scored the first nine points and would surge ahead, 58-46, at half-time. Curry scored 16 first-half points while Durant and Thompson each added 10.

Utah stayed within 84-73 entering the fourth quarter, but the Warriors opened it with a 8-0 run as the Jazz missed their first six shots of the final period and Golden State pulled away to stay.

The Warriors were coached by assistant Mike Brown as Steve Kerr remained sidelined by complications following back surgery.