SALT LAKE CITY — Golden State's David Lee scored seven points in the last 1:50 of the second quarter to lift the Warriors to a 51-46 halftime lead over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Lee scored 14 first-half points, Klay Thompson added 11 and Dorell Wright scored eight more in the first half for Golden State (18-23).
For Utah, Derrick Favors — starting in place of the team's leading scorer and rebounder, Al Jefferson, who missed the game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi — scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in the first half.Comment on this story
Jamaal Tinsley, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks each scored six points off the bench for the Jazz (21-22), who shot just 42.2 percent from the field in the first half, including 0-for-4 from 3-point range.
Favors' two free throws tied the game at 42 with 3:05 left in the half, but Lee scored a three-point play, a turnaround jump shot and a hook shot to help the Warriors regain the lead at halftime.
Golden State led 25-18 at the end of the first quarter and by as many as eight points several times during the second period.