SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) - Playing the mighty Golden State Warriors at full strength is tough enough, but to take them on without four starters is a near impossible task.
That's the situation the Jazz were facing Thursday night, playing without injured starters Gordon Hayward (finger), George Hill (toe), Rodney Hood (hamstring) and Derrick Favors (knee). But the Jazz held their own, almost overcoming an overwhelming 29-1 first quarter run, only to lose 106-99.
"We got knocked down, but I thought we responded well from that," said head coach Quin Snyder. "We got hurt in transition, we got hurt on the offensive glass. They were overwhelming."
"A loss is a loss," added Joe Johnson, who had 13 points. "We had a lot of guys out, but we fought hard and competed. That first quarter was what hurt us."
Stephen Curry scored 26 as the Warriors never trailed to improve to 20-3 on the year.
Curry scored 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5 in the first quarter. The Jazz's only lead of the game was 4-2.
Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored a career-high 21 points, and Shelvin Mack added a season-high 19.
"We want them to play," Durant said about the injured Jazz players. "We want everybody to play, but it's not our decision. Guys have to get right, it's a long season. So, we'll see them again, I'm sure we will, when everybody is healthy."
Golden State led 65-46 at halftime as the second unit allowed the Jazz to hang around and, technically, remain within striking distance. The urgency from the first quarter disappeared in the second half and the Jazz crept within five in the fourth quarter thanks to buckets from Mack and Ingles, but Durant closed the game with 11 in the final period.
The loss ended a 3-game winning streak for the Jazz.
Utah next hosts Sacramento Saturday night.
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