In one of the worst fourth quarter collapses in NBA history, the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 94 to 90 win over the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. This is Golden States second consecutive win over the Jazz in Salt Lake City, after failing to win in their previous 19 trips to the Delta Center. Jason Richardson lead all scorers with 29 points, and Deron Williams lead the Jazz with a career high 24 points.
The Game started off slow, but after an Adonal Foyle missed lay up, Deron Williams would go cost to cost for a lay up of his own and be fouled, Williams would miss the ensuing free throw, but the Jazz got the offensive board, and Gordon Giricek hit an outside jumper, making it a 6-point swing. This started a 13-0 run by the Jazz, lead by Williams who had six points in the run, and nine to finish the quarter. The Jazz took a 29-20 lead at the end of one.
The Jazz started out quick again in the second quarter leading by as many as 18. Ike Diogu got his first minutes of the season for the Warriors and wouldnít disappoint. Diogu would score seven points, grab two boards, and get a block in the second as he tried to keep the Warriors with the Jazz. The Warriors had a quick spirt at the end of the second to cut the Jazz lead to 11 at 51-40.
The Jazz scored the first six points of the second half before allowing the Warriors to score the next eight. The Jazz offense evaporated in the middle of the third quarter after they had built up a 61-44 lead. The Jazz would manage just five points the rest of the quarter, as the Warriors cut the lead to 67-64.
The Jazz came out and hit their first three shots of the 4th quarter giving them what seemed like a comfortable 11 point lead. The Warriors would slowly chip away at the lead, but with under two minutes to go the Jazz lead by seven. Baron Davis would drive to the hoop and get fouled, he missed his free throw but the Warriors would get the offensive rebound and Troy Murphy would hit a long two, to bring the Warriors within four. The Jazz would turn the ball over, and then Jason Richardson would hit a three to bring the Warriors within one. On their next possession Derek Fisher would hit a long two to give the Warriors their first lead since the first quarter. Milt Palacio would be fouled and hit both free throws giving the Jazz the one point lead. Baron Davis would drive to the hoop, and Palacio would be called for a ticky tack foul, but Davis would miss both free throws, and Derek Fisher would get the ball and his a long three to ensure the Warriors the victory.
Players of the game.
24 points, 7 assist, 5 rebounds 2 steals.
Williams had a great game for the Jazz, as he orchestrated Jazz runs, which allowed them to lead for most the game. Williams had a very nice dunk on the Warriors team that seemed to change the momentum of the game.
29 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.
Richardson had a quite night for the Warriors until two minutes to go in the 4th, but by quite I donít mean he did do anything. Richardson had a very solid offensive night, but he didnít seem to score in droves like he can, he seemed to play within the offense tonight, which paid off greatly for the Warriors.