Okur leads Jazz past Warriors
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Mehmet Okur poured in 23 points, 19 of which
came in the second half, and pulled down 14 rebounds as Utah downed Golden
State, 91-85, at The Arena in Oakland.
Matt Harpring delivered 15 points in 17 minutes off the bench to help the Jazz
to their second straight victory to begin the season. Utah tipped off the year
with an impressive 93-82 win over Dallas on Wednesday.
Jason Richardson and Derek Fisher each scored 18 points for the Warriors, who
failed to achieve its first 2-0 start since 1994-95. Troy Murphy added 12
points and eight rebounds in the loss before fouling out late.
Golden State played without star guard Baron Davis, who strained his left
hamstring in Wednesday’s triumph over Atlanta, and struggled all night against
the Jazz’s tough defense. The Warriors shot just 37 percent and produced their
lowest point total in 20 games dating back to last season.
The Jazz were down 48-46 after Golden State’s Mike Dunleavy drained a three-
pointer with 7:46 to play in the third quarter, but took control with a 14-2
burst over the next four-plus minutes. Okur netted eight points during the
run, including a jumper just inside the arc which put Utah up 58-50 at the
3:35 mark of the period. Two made foul shots by Keith McLeod seconds later
extended the margin to double-digits.
Utah took a 72-58 lead after rookie Deron Williams buried an outside shot to
begin the fourth quarter, but the Warriors answered with seven straight points
to get back into it. Golden State closed the gap even further when Zarko
Cabarkapa sank a triple with 5:33 remaining which pulled the hosts within
That was as close as the Warriors would come, however, as Williams hit another
long jumper after Jarron Collins hit two free throws to extend the lead to
eight with 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Golden State continued to misfire from the floor, and six consecutive
successful foul shots by the Jazz made the score 91-78 with two minutes
Utah led 19-16 at the end of an uneventful first quarter and extended its
advantage to seven points in the second after a short jumper by Williams and
two Kris Humphries free throws made the score 32-25 with 6:37 remaining before
The Warriors got to within four on two occasions, but back-to-back baskets by
Okur and Andrei Kirilenko put the Jazz up 40-32 heading into the final two
minutes of the half.
However, Golden State closed out the second quarter with an 8-2 run capped by
Fisher’s jump shot with 13 seconds on the clock to cut its deficit to 42-40 at
the break. Fisher finished the first half with a game-high 11 points.
The Warriors grabbed their first lead since the game’s early moments when
Fisher’s 20-footer less than two minutes into the third quarter put Golden
State up 44-43.
Utah head coach Jerry Sloan moved past Bill Fitch for sole possession on the
NBA’s all-time win list with his 945th career victory…Golden State last
scored under 100 points on March 14 of last season, when the Warriors fell
97-94 to Houston…The Jazz had lost five of their last six at Golden State
coming in…Dunleavy finished with 13 points in the loss.