OAKLAND – The Warriors won their 12th consecutive game this season at Oracle Arena, throttling the persistent Utah Jazz 106-91 on Saturday night.
The victory reduced their magic number to two to win the Pacific Division, while their magic number to earn the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs dropped to six.
Playing for the third game in a row without All-Star guard Klay Thompson, five Warriors scored in double figures led by Stephen Curry, who finished with a game-high 24 points. Veteran guard Leandro Barbosa totaled a season-high 19, followed by Draymond Green with 15, Andre Iguodala with 13 and Harrison Barnes with 12.
Green delivered a fine all around game, adding seven assists, six rebounds and two steals to his scoring.
The Warriors (56-13) shot 48.7 percent in pushing their home record to an NBA-best 33-2. The victory also moved the Warriors into second place on the franchise list of wins in a season, the record of which is 59.
Utah (31-38) was led by power forward Derrick Favors, who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.
Barbosa wins the honor for this night, as he provided a splendid job of filling the offensive void in Thompson's absence.
The 32-year-old Brazilian was decisive and efficient, coming off the bench with his full offensive array – lighting-quick slashes, bullish drives and unorthodox jumpers from various distances, launched from the tip of his nose.
His 19 points came on 8-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes of action.
Though the Warriors led for the vast majority of the game, Utah remained in striking distance until early in the fourth quarter.
With the Warriors up 89-83 and 8:22 to play, coach Steve Kerr called a timeout, after which the team responded with a 7-0 run, taking a 96-83 lead with 5:42 left.
The Jazz never again got within single digits.
G Klay Thompson (sprained right ankle) remains out and was restricted to cheering from the bench in street clothes.
The Warriors return to action Monday night, when they face the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena. Tipoff is at 7:35 p.m.