The Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead, led wire-to-wire and used a strong finish to beat the Utah Jazz 106-94 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Tuesday.
Stephen Curry led all scorers with 22 points despite playing only 30 minutes. Rudy Gobert was the Jazzs leading scorer, but posted just 13 points.
The Warriors won the fast break points category 29-6, made 10 more free throws, had seven more assists, four more blocks and seven fewer turnovers.
Game 2 is Thursday night in Oakland.
The Jazz cut the deficit to seven early in the frame, but the Warriors got the advantage back up to 16 points two minutes later and lead by 11, 84-73.
Rodney Hood scored 10 points to keep Utah within striking distance. Five Golden State players are in double figures.
The Warriors finished the first half with 17 points off 11 Jazz turnovers and lead 58-46.
Golden State started the quarter on a 12-4 run and led by as many as 17 before Utah scored the last five points of the frame.
Stephen Curry has 16 points to lead the Warriors. Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert have 10 apiece to pace the Jazz.
The Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead but the Jazz battled back to within one on two separate occasions before trailing by six at the end of the quarter, 27-21.
Golden State has 10 points off turnovers compared to zero for Utah, but the Jazz are staying in it in part thanks to four offensive rebounds.
Stephen Curry leads all scorers with 12 points. Gordon Hayward has seven to lead Utah.
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Utah Jazz are on to the second round of the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Their reward? A series with the mighty Golden State Warriors, which begins tonight at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors, who compiled an NBA-best 67 wins during the regular season, swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Golden State's average margin of victory was 18 points.
The Warriors have been off for a week, while the Jazz finished off the LA Clippers in a fierce seven-game battle just two days ago.
Follow along with our live coverage as the night unfolds.