Jazz end Warriors 14-game winning streak, 105-99

Utah stays alive in race for 4th seed in the Western Conference

OAKLAND, Calif. (ABC4 Sports) - Despite the Golden State Warriors resting their starters in the 4th quarter, this was still an important, impressive win for the Utah Jazz.

George Hill returned from a 6-game absence to score 20 points in 19 minutes of action, while Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 18 rebounds, and Joe Johnson added a key 3-pointer with 80 seconds remaining as the Jazz beat Golden State 105-99 on Monday night to snap the Warriors' 14-game winning streak.

"A win is a win," Gobert said. "They didn't put their starters back in at the end but we were still in the game. We know the playoffs are going to be a different atmosphere but it's still a great win."

Warriors heads coach Steve Kerr, his team already assured of the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, sat most of his starters for the entire fourth quarter and the Jazz (50-31) took advantage to end a seven-game losing streak at Oracle Arena. This is Utah's first 50-win season in seven seasons.

"We didn't have any injuries so that's all good," Kerr said. "They got 12 more field goal attempts than us. That was the difference in the game."

Stephen Curry had 28 points in three quarters for the Warriors (66-15), while Durant added 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in his second game back following a knee injury.

With nothing at stake for the Warriors, the Jazz rode Gobert's seven-point fourth quarter to their first win at Oracle Arena since April 7, 2013.

Gobert's follow shot gave Utah an 83-82 lead with 7 minutes left. He later scored on an alley-oop dunk off a pass from Boris Diaw, then blocked a shot by Patrick McCaw to preserve the Jazz's lead.

Utah won despite being without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and Raul Neto, all of whom have been nursing nagging injuries.

Golden State was also short-handed, as Kerr rested Klay Thompson. He was joined on the bench in the fourth by most of the rest of the starters. Durant and Zaza Pachulia were the lone exceptions and Durant joined his teammates on the bench early in the final quarter.

That opened the door for Utah and the Jazz closed strong down the stretch.

Utah remains tied with the Clippers, who beat Houston Monday night, for the 4th seed in the West and home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

However, L.A. owns the tiebreaker over the Jazz, so the only way Utah can earn the 4th seed is if they beat San Antonio on Wednesday at home in their regular season finale, while the Clippers lose at home to Sacramento.


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