OAKLAND — It took the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz nearly three-and-a-half minutes to put points on the board Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry opened the scoring — sinking the first of two free throws at 8:34 mark — and the Dubs commanded a 4-2 advantage midway through the first quarter.
“This is an ugly game. It’s nasty,” Draymond Green said, when asked what was going through his mind in the midst of the putrid start.
While the visitors remained mired in a funk throughout the night, the Warriors emerged from the glacial opening to hammer the Jazz 104-74. Curry led all scorers with 25 points, while Green collected a double-double (11 rebounds, 15 points).
“It was really one of my favorite games of the year for us,” head coach Steve Kerr said after the Dubs limited the Jazz’s starters to 25 points. “I know Utah was shorthanded, but they’re a tough team, they’re physical and we couldn’t buy a shot to start the game in the first five minutes.”
After a 19-point first quarter and a 1-for-12 run from the field to begin the game, the Warriors put the Jazz in the rearview mirror by the break.
Beginning the second half with a 55-33 led, the Warriors opened up a 30-point advantage on the Jazz — marking the 11th time in 29 games this season that the team has accomplished that feat.
With just over two minutes to go in the second quarter, Green drew his sixth technical foul. After racing coast-to-coast, the All-Star forward threw down a violent dunk and proceeded to sway back-and-forth as he hung onto the rim.
“The dunk was good,” Green said. “I’ll leave it at that.”
After the technical was assessed, Kerr — incensed by the call — had to be held back by assistant Mike Brown as he screamed and protested from the sideline.
“I was upset because Draymond was going a million miles per hour,” Kerr said. “To me that was the play of the game, he blew by all nine guys and dunked it. And he’s flying in, if he lets go, he’s going to break his neck. So to me, it makes zero sense to give a guy a T when he’s flying in and has to grab onto the rim and hold onto the rim to protect himself.”