Golden State Warriors Refuse to Lose and Monday NBA Takeaways

December 1st, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

For the inhuman, unfathomable, still undefeated Golden State Warriors, this was supposed to be the one that got away.

Stephen Curry and Draymond Green made sure it wasn't, leading the Dubs to a nail-biting, streak-preserving 106-103 win over the laudably competitive Utah Jazz on Monday.

The Jazz boast the league's biggest, baddest front line, and Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors figured to give the Warriors' small-ball lineup a real test. Or, at least they would have if the Warriors had gone into Salt Lake City with Harrison Barnes healthy—which they didn't.

Barnes missed the game with a sprained left ankle, but Golden State trotted out a tweaked version of its deadly small-ball lineup early on...and it featured little-used reserve Ian Clark. He, of course, canned four threes in six first-half minutes.

Because, well, things like that just work out for these Warriors.

For the most part, though, the Jazz got the game they wanted. It was slow, it was mostly messy and it saw the Warriors get a little sloppy as the combination of overconfidence, good defense and altitude-related fat ...

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