SAN FRANCISCO – Clay Thompson has scored 36 points and the Golden State Warriors cleared a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-107 on Saturday night.
Jordan added Pool 31 and Andrew Wiggins 17 as the Warriors won a play-off spot and snatched a four-game losing streak. At 49-29, they are one-game ahead of third-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference. Utah tied with Denver for fifth place.
Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each scored 26 for Utah. It’s a well-known story for the Jazz, who blew a 25-point lead to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Utah has lost 15 games this season where it had a double-digit lead.
With just eight minutes left in the fourth match, the Warriors trailed 103-87, with a 10:10 lead of 18-0 with 2:10 left. Thompson hit three 3-pointers during the stretch.
The Jazz had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds left but Rudy Gobert threw a pass outside the boundary after clearing a rebound. The Warriors pushed the game away on the free-throw line.
The Jazz led 21 in the first half and took a 58-45 lead in the locker room. Mitchell had 17 but had a lot of help, as the Utah bench beat Golden State’s second unit 17-5 in the first two quarters.
Pool scored 19 runs in the first half for the Warriors, including 14 in the second quarter.
Jazz: Conley scored 9 in the third quarter, which helped stop the tide for the Jazz as the Warriors tried to eat their lead. ? Hassan Whiteside entered the game in the middle of the first quarter, his first action after missing the previous four games due to a spur fracture of the bone in his right foot.
Warriors: Golden State has 11 turnovers in the first half resulting in 17 Utah points. ? Coach Steve Kerr says forward Andre Igudala will sit down for Sunday’s game in an attempt to keep the veteran fresh for the play-offs in Sacramento. ? The Oakland Tech High School girls basketball team, fresh from a Division III state championship, took part in the game and received a compliment during the first quarter timeout.
Jazz: On Tuesday, Memphis will start their final home stand of the season.
Warriors: Play in Sacramento on Sunday, want to sweep the season series.