Salt Lake City, UT -- Stephen Curry had a "subpar" scoring night, only 26 points, as the Warriors stay perfect with a 106-103 win over the Utah Jazz.
Curry was being dealt with well, as 26 points for him is a win for any team, especially this season. He shot 9-20 from the field and added 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
"We've had some battles, and obviously, we've had some lopsided victories," Curry said. "But what gets lost in the record is the tough games we've had to claw our way out of, like tonight. Just because we are 19-0 doesn't mean we can just show up and blow teams out and guarantee a win. We actually have to do something about it."
Draymond Green came up huge for them, with 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists. The Jazz were in a spot to take the lead in this game, but Rodney Hood would miss a three-point attempt and Curry knocked down free throws at the end to seal the deal.
"Outside of a layup or an uncontested shot, that's a pretty good look," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Hood's 3-point attempt. "That's a good shot for him. ... I'll take Rodney Hood with that shot any day."
The corner three is the easiest three pointer for NBA players, statistically speaking. It's definitely a good look for the Jazz and Snyder is right, you take that look if you can't get a layup. The Jazz were there, but this is the kind of thing that happens to an undefeated squad like the Warriors, they get the close wins.
The Warriors are now chasing records like never before. They haven't lost an official game since the Finals, which feels like ages ago now. The interesting part of this whole thing is 1. When will they lose? 2. How do they respond if they go on a losing streak of some sort? and 3. Is this team capable of beating Michael Jordan's Bulls 72-10 record? All of these are big questions and topics in the Bay Area, as most all media and fans are curious about. Only time will tell to see if the Warriors can do any of these three things.
"We knew this was going to be one of the tougher challenges for us," Warriors interim coach Luke Walton said. "That team is very well-coached, and they execute, and they got those bigs that are a lot to deal with. Once their crowd got into it and they had their confidence going, it was a good, solid NBA game."
The Warriors play the Hornets next, in a game that this writer thought might be potentially their first loss. Though the Warriors had a close one tonight, they rarely continue a cold-streak of games and they bounce-back well. This next matchup will be a fun one nonetheless.
"We competed against the best team in the league and gave ourselves a chance to win," Hayward said. "Had a shot at the end. Couple mistakes here and there. ... And maybe it's a different outcome, but can't complain.
"That's why they're 19-0. That's why he's the MVP. He's going to make shots."
Quotes acquired from ESPN