The Utah Jazz were arguably the NBA’s biggest surprise last season, with a 48-34 record and a first-round playoff series victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Utah is a team on the upswing and is getting a lot of love as a potential high seed in the Western Conference for the 2018-19 campaign, and they showed why on Friday night… only to come up short vs the team likely to still rule the West for this season and beyond.
The Golden State Warriors got a tip-in from Jonas Jerebko on a missed Kevin Durant jumper with 0.3 seconds left to take down the Jazz in a wild 124-123 victory at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
The Jazz still had a chance to win, but Donovan Mitchell’s wild shot was nowhere close (there’s hard to do much with 0.3 seconds left).
The Warriors’ defensive effort was ugly in the first half, with the Jazz scoring 81 points. But Golden State turned things up in the second half and outscored Utah 55-42 to pull off the one-point win.
As usual, Durant (38 points) and Steph Curry (31 points) led the way in scoring for the Warriors, but Golden State got a new hero in Jerebko.
And that came in just Jerebko’s second game with the Warriors… after spending last season with the Jazz. That has to make the loss even more annoying for Jazz fans.
[NBC Sports Bay Area]