Golden State Warriors 2010: Defense Leads Warriors Past Jazz

November 5th, 2010 by Chris Bennett Leave a reply »
Oakland, Calif.

Warriors (4-1): 85

Jazz (2-3): 78

Monta Ellis (GS): 23 points, seven steals.

David Lee (GS): 14 points, 15 rebounds.


Warriors playing defense? Keith Smart must really be making an impact.

The Warriors are known for their high-flying offense. They are the second-highest scoring team in the league averaging 109 points-per-game, yet it was the Warriors defense that led them to a 85-78 win over the Jazz. 

From the get-go this game was not pretty. After the first quarter, the Warriors were 7-of-27 shooting from the floor. It didn't get any better as the game went on. The Warriors would finish 35-for-93, 37 percent from the field. But even with that said, the Warriors were able to grind out a tough win against a playoff-caliber opponent. 

The difference was rebounding. The Warriors out-rebounded Utah 52 to 46, and it led to great second-chance points in the paint. Golden State scored 46 inside the paint with David Lee and Andris Biedrins combing for 22 of those points.

The Warriors also played exceptional defense. Golden State forced 19 ...

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