OAKLAND – The four-day respite from the rigors of the NBA schedule did nothing to slow the momentum of a Warriors team off a historically terrific start.
Six players scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Andre Iguodala, and the Warriors rolled past the Jazz 101-88 Friday night at Oracle Arena in a game that was not as close as the score indicates.
The win was the Warriors' fourth in a row, and the last three have been by more than 20 points.
The Warriors moved to 9-2, their best 11-game start since 1972-73. For the record, that was the year Rick Barry returned to the team after a four-year stint in the defunct American Basketball Association.
Klay Thompson, Marreese Speights and Harrison Barnes finished with 14 points apiece, with Andrew Bogut adding 12 and Draymond Green putting in 11. Stephen Curry had only 8 points but contributed 10 assists and five rebounds.
There was, again, no sign of the turnovers that plagued them through the first two weeks of the season. They committed only two in a commanding first half and most of the 13 they totaled for the game came long after the outcome was decided.
Harrison Barnes was the only Warrior to play more than 30 minutes (39:41) in the one-sided game – they led by as much as 30 – which allowed coach Steve Kerr to once again give heavy minutes to his bench.
Utah shot 42.7 percent from the field and was led by 18 points from center Enes Kanter.
This was a fairly comprehensive team effort, so everyone in uniform gets a piece of the game certificate.
Forwards Green and Barnes grabbed nine rebounds apiece. Curry had 10 assists, Green had five and Shaun Livingston had four. The Warriors had nine steals, led by Green's three.
The opening tip. No, seriously.
Warriors immediately raced out to a 12-0 lead, and Utah spent the rest of the night making a futile attempt to catch up. The Jazz got no closer than eight the rest of the way – and no closer than 17 until the final three minutes.
Of the Warriors' first five baskets, four were by different players. Both Thompson and Curry finished with 8 in the opening quarter.
F David Lee (strained left hamstring) has been out since Nov. 5 and remains out indefinitely. He is progressing and will travel on the upcoming trip.
The Warriors on Saturday depart for Oklahoma City, where on Sunday (4 p.m. PST) they face the Thunder in first of a five-game road trip.