Warriors Cruise to 106-94 Win vs. Jazz to Take 1-0 Series Lead – Bleacher Report

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Warriors Cruise to 106-94 Win vs. Jazz to Take 1-0 Series Lead – Bleacher Report

NBA PlayoffsWarriors Cruise to 106-94 Win vs. Jazz to Take 1-0 Series LeadAlec NathanFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2017OAKLAND, CA - MAY 2:  Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors goes up for a lay up against the Utah Jazz during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 2, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors rolled past the Utah Jazz 106-94in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena.

Following eight days off after a sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers, the Warriors came out looking sharp and refreshed as Stephen Curry led the scoring charge with 22 points (7-of-11shooting), sevenrebounds and fiveassists.

In fact, Curry was so locked in that he put Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert in a blender with a series of crossovers on the perimeter in the second quarter before he knifed his way to the cup for two:

  1. Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics Make It Look Simple with 19 3-Pointers in Game 1

  2. Isaiah Thomas Loses Tooth

  3. Kawhi Leonard Nails Clutch Jumper in the 4th Quarter

  4. Former NBA Star, Jerry Stackhouse, Is Now a D-League Coaching Powerhouse

  5. LeBron James Game One Versus Pacers

  6. B/R Celebrates Start of 2017 NBA Playoffs with ‘8 Mile’ Tribute

  7. Can Pacers Rally on Home Court Advantage to Upset Cavs in NBA Playoffs?

  8. From Mr. Irrelevant to Mr. Clutch: 5'9" Isaiah Thomas' Unlikely Rise in NBA

  9. KD Is the Slim Reaper- Final

  10. Born Ready (Again): Relive Lance Stephenson's Greatest Hits and Craziest Antics

  11. Are Steph Curry and Klay Thompson the Best Shooting Backcourt Ever?

  12. NBA Draft Risers and Fallers of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

  13. Leonard Clutch And-1

  14. Aarron Gordon Dunks on Marcus Smart

  15. The Hype: Giannis Antetokounmpo Redefines Basketball with Unique Skills

  16. Lakers and Bucks Get Scrappy; Nick Young Ejected

  17. Booker Hits GW vs. Memphis

  18. The Hype – Joel Embiid ROTY

  19. Steph Curry Passes Dell Curry in Career Points

  20. Don't Forget About LeBron James in the MVP Race

  21. On This Day in 2004, Tracy McGrady Dropped 62 Points and Could Not Be Stopped

  22. Meet Texas A&M's Robert Williams: NBA Lottery Sleeper Pick with a 7'5" Wingspan

  23. This Night in the NBA: Kawhi Leonard Makes MVP Case, Dion Waiters Goes Off

  24. Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams Set to Make an Instant Impact on the Cavaliers

  25. The Cavaliers Were on Fire from Downtown Against the Hawks

  26. The Night in the NBA: LeBron Triple-Double Not Enough, Harden Crushes Clips

  27. Can Pelicans Big Duo of Boogie and 'The Brow' Thrive Together in New Orleans?

  28. Bucher Buzz: If Bulls Trade Butler This Summer, Wade Could Opt-out

  29. The Night in the NBA: Boogie Debuts, Dubs Go Off and LeBron Dominates Knicks

  30. Howard Beck's Winners and Losers of the NBA Trade Deadline

  31. Playing in a Small Basketball Market Is Brutal. Unless…

  32. Breaking Down Anthony Davis' Record-Setting NBA All Star Game MVP Performance

  33. From Russell Westbrook to Beyonce, the Best Fashion of NBA All-Star Weekend

  34. Ronaldinho Was Spreading the Barcelona Word at the NBA All-Star Weekend

  35. Russell Westbrook's MVP Campaign Fueled by the Fast Break

  36. NBA All-Star Uniforms Since 1st Game in 1951

  37. Glenn Robinson III Dunk Contest Rd.3

  38. Robinson III Dunk Contest Rd. 1

  39. Derrick Jones Jr 1st Round Dunk

  40. Sager Strong Shootout

  41. Ernie Johnson Sager Tribute Speech

  42. Eric Gordon Wins 3 Point Contest

  43. Kyle Lowry Airballs First Shot at the 3-point Contest

  44. B/R Looks Back at the NBA Dunk Contest’s Greatest Moments with #DunkDominators

  45. Celebrity All Star Game Does the Mannequin Challenge

  46. NBA All-Star Weekend Is Here and So Is the New Wave

  47. Bucher Buzz: Magic Turned Down Deal for DeMarcus Cousins

  48. B/R Presents Hip-Hop Music Video Starring LeBron James and Other All-Stars

  49. Breaking Down Carmelo Anthony's Decade of NBA All-Star Game Dominance

  50. Can Starter-Snubbed Russell Westbrook Threepeat as NBA All-Star Game MVP?

  51. This 5'5" Pro Dunker Thinks He Could Win the NBA Dunk Contest

  52. History of Vinsanity

  53. Could a Player with Zero Career NBA Dunks Win the All-Star Dunk Contest?

  54. Ultimate NBA All-Star Game GOAT LeBron James Is About to Take Over New Orleans

  55. Why the NBA’s Greatest Dunkers Are Passing on the Slam Dunk Crown

  56. From Gucci Mane to LeBron: How the Kiss Cam Is NBA’s Cupid

  57. Was Aaron Gordon vs. Zach LaVine the Greatest Dunk Contest Ever?

  58. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Jaw with Each Other in KD's Return to OKC

  59. Russell Westbrook Pushes Kevin Durant

  60. Kevin Durant OKC Debut Welcomed with Boos

  61. Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes a Space Jam Dunk

  62. On This Day in the NBA: Allen Iverson Dropped 60 on the Magic in Philadelphia

  63. The Underhand Free Throw Could Be Making a Comeback in the NBA

  64. Kerr Ejected

  65. Devin Booker Scores the Winning Shot Against the Sacramento Kings

  66. Yogi Ferrell Hits Game-Winning 3 Versus Trailblazers

  67. The Potential Top-2 NBA Draft Picks Are About to Finally Settle It on the Court

  68. Dunk Contest Legend Nate Robinson Wants One Last Chance to Ball in the NBA

  69. Could a Player with Zero Career NBA Dunks Win the All-Star Dunk Contest?

  70. Carmelo and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month

  71. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: the Biggest NBA All-Star Snubs

  72. CJ McCollum Making Moves

  73. DeAndre Liggins Takes Too Many Steps, LeBron James Mocks Him

  74. Steph Curry Hits a Half-Court Shot Before Halftime

  75. Joel Embiid Blocks James Harden and Finishes the Other Way

  76. Kemba Walker Sick Crossover on Derrick Rose

  77. The NBA's Biggest Social Media Stars Take the Court at Halftime

  78. Howard Beck's Rant on the All-Star Voting Process

  79. This Night in the NBA

  80. Alternative NBA Facts with Howard Beck

  81. Howard Beck Predicts His Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves Team

  82. Howard Beck Predicts His Western Conference All-Star Reserves Team

  83. 'We Came Up in the Struggle’: NBA’s Zach Randolph Gives $20K to Keep Lights On

  84. Celebrate This Year's Oscar Nominees with the NBA's Best Actors

  85. Philadelphia 76ers Are on a Roll with #RaiseTheCat Victory Celebration

  86. Joakim Noah Makes an Embarrassing Free-Throw Attempt Versus Pacers

  87. Dion Waiters Drills the Three to Win the Game Against the Warriors

  88. Giannis Antetokounmpo Drains the Three

  89. Westbrook Scores Game-Winner and Earns Another Triple-Double to Defeat Jazz

  90. LeBron James Nails a Clutch 3-Pointer to Tie the Game vs. Spurs

  91. Eleven Years Ago Today, Kobe Bryant Dropped 81 Points on the Raptors

  92. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: Top 5 Question Marks at the Halfway Point

  93. Howard Beck and Ric Bucher's 1st-Half Disappointments

  94. KD Has His Best Game of the Season vs. Thunder

  95. Was the NBA Right or Wrong to Reduce Fan Influence on All-Star Starters?

  96. Who Should Star in the Remake of 'White Men Can’t Jump'?

  97. The Greek Freak vs. the Beard: Harden and Giannis Face Off in Houston

  98. Allen Iverson Will Reportedly Coach Former NBA Stars in 3-on-3 Tournament

  99. Mr. December: See John Wall Once Again End the Year as NBA's Player of the Month

  100. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: the Top 5 Trade Targets in the NBA

As NBC Sports' Monte Poole pointed out, a banged up Curry wouldn't have been able to make that play a year ago:

Monte Poole @MontePooleNBCS

The move Curry put on Gobert simply was not available to Steph last postseason. His body wouldn't cooperate.

5/3/2017, 3:41:39 AM

Kevin Durant (17points) and Klay Thompson (15points) also filled it up, but Draymond Green set the tone with another balanced and brilliant display.

In 34minutes, Green stuffed his stat line with 17points, eightrebounds, sixassists, twoblocks and twosteals.

A disruptive force, he was able to create several live-ball turnovers that facilitated transition opportunities, and those efforts allowed the Warriors to post a 29-6edge in fast-break points.

A prime example came in the second quarter, when Green single-handedly stopped a two-on-one Utah break, which allowed Andre Iguodala to find Durant for a vicious transition flush:

  1. Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics Make It Look Simple with 19 3-Pointers in Game 1

  2. Isaiah Thomas Loses Tooth

  3. Kawhi Leonard Nails Clutch Jumper in the 4th Quarter

  4. Former NBA Star, Jerry Stackhouse, Is Now a D-League Coaching Powerhouse

  5. LeBron James Game One Versus Pacers

  6. B/R Celebrates Start of 2017 NBA Playoffs with ‘8 Mile’ Tribute

  7. Can Pacers Rally on Home Court Advantage to Upset Cavs in NBA Playoffs?

  8. From Mr. Irrelevant to Mr. Clutch: 5'9" Isaiah Thomas' Unlikely Rise in NBA

  9. KD Is the Slim Reaper- Final

  10. Born Ready (Again): Relive Lance Stephenson's Greatest Hits and Craziest Antics

  11. Are Steph Curry and Klay Thompson the Best Shooting Backcourt Ever?

  12. NBA Draft Risers and Fallers of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

  13. Leonard Clutch And-1

  14. Aarron Gordon Dunks on Marcus Smart

  15. The Hype: Giannis Antetokounmpo Redefines Basketball with Unique Skills

  16. Lakers and Bucks Get Scrappy; Nick Young Ejected

  17. Booker Hits GW vs. Memphis

  18. The Hype – Joel Embiid ROTY

  19. Steph Curry Passes Dell Curry in Career Points

  20. Don't Forget About LeBron James in the MVP Race

  21. On This Day in 2004, Tracy McGrady Dropped 62 Points and Could Not Be Stopped

  22. Meet Texas A&M's Robert Williams: NBA Lottery Sleeper Pick with a 7'5" Wingspan

  23. This Night in the NBA: Kawhi Leonard Makes MVP Case, Dion Waiters Goes Off

  24. Andrew Bogut, Deron Williams Set to Make an Instant Impact on the Cavaliers

  25. The Cavaliers Were on Fire from Downtown Against the Hawks

  26. The Night in the NBA: LeBron Triple-Double Not Enough, Harden Crushes Clips

  27. Can Pelicans Big Duo of Boogie and 'The Brow' Thrive Together in New Orleans?

  28. Bucher Buzz: If Bulls Trade Butler This Summer, Wade Could Opt-out

  29. The Night in the NBA: Boogie Debuts, Dubs Go Off and LeBron Dominates Knicks

  30. Howard Beck's Winners and Losers of the NBA Trade Deadline

  31. Playing in a Small Basketball Market Is Brutal. Unless…

  32. Breaking Down Anthony Davis' Record-Setting NBA All Star Game MVP Performance

  33. From Russell Westbrook to Beyonce, the Best Fashion of NBA All-Star Weekend

  34. Ronaldinho Was Spreading the Barcelona Word at the NBA All-Star Weekend

  35. Russell Westbrook's MVP Campaign Fueled by the Fast Break

  36. NBA All-Star Uniforms Since 1st Game in 1951

  37. Glenn Robinson III Dunk Contest Rd.3

  38. Robinson III Dunk Contest Rd. 1

  39. Derrick Jones Jr 1st Round Dunk

  40. Sager Strong Shootout

  41. Ernie Johnson Sager Tribute Speech

  42. Eric Gordon Wins 3 Point Contest

  43. Kyle Lowry Airballs First Shot at the 3-point Contest

  44. B/R Looks Back at the NBA Dunk Contest’s Greatest Moments with #DunkDominators

  45. Celebrity All Star Game Does the Mannequin Challenge

  46. NBA All-Star Weekend Is Here and So Is the New Wave

  47. Bucher Buzz: Magic Turned Down Deal for DeMarcus Cousins

  48. B/R Presents Hip-Hop Music Video Starring LeBron James and Other All-Stars

  49. Breaking Down Carmelo Anthony's Decade of NBA All-Star Game Dominance

  50. Can Starter-Snubbed Russell Westbrook Threepeat as NBA All-Star Game MVP?

  51. This 5'5" Pro Dunker Thinks He Could Win the NBA Dunk Contest

  52. History of Vinsanity

  53. Could a Player with Zero Career NBA Dunks Win the All-Star Dunk Contest?

  54. Ultimate NBA All-Star Game GOAT LeBron James Is About to Take Over New Orleans

  55. Why the NBA’s Greatest Dunkers Are Passing on the Slam Dunk Crown

  56. From Gucci Mane to LeBron: How the Kiss Cam Is NBA’s Cupid

  57. Was Aaron Gordon vs. Zach LaVine the Greatest Dunk Contest Ever?

  58. Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Jaw with Each Other in KD's Return to OKC

  59. Russell Westbrook Pushes Kevin Durant

  60. Kevin Durant OKC Debut Welcomed with Boos

  61. Giannis Antetokounmpo Makes a Space Jam Dunk

  62. On This Day in the NBA: Allen Iverson Dropped 60 on the Magic in Philadelphia

  63. The Underhand Free Throw Could Be Making a Comeback in the NBA

  64. Kerr Ejected

  65. Devin Booker Scores the Winning Shot Against the Sacramento Kings

  66. Yogi Ferrell Hits Game-Winning 3 Versus Trailblazers

  67. The Potential Top-2 NBA Draft Picks Are About to Finally Settle It on the Court

  68. Dunk Contest Legend Nate Robinson Wants One Last Chance to Ball in the NBA

  69. Could a Player with Zero Career NBA Dunks Win the All-Star Dunk Contest?

  70. Carmelo and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month

  71. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: the Biggest NBA All-Star Snubs

  72. CJ McCollum Making Moves

  73. DeAndre Liggins Takes Too Many Steps, LeBron James Mocks Him

  74. Steph Curry Hits a Half-Court Shot Before Halftime

  75. Joel Embiid Blocks James Harden and Finishes the Other Way

  76. Kemba Walker Sick Crossover on Derrick Rose

  77. The NBA's Biggest Social Media Stars Take the Court at Halftime

  78. Howard Beck's Rant on the All-Star Voting Process

  79. This Night in the NBA

  80. Alternative NBA Facts with Howard Beck

  81. Howard Beck Predicts His Eastern Conference All-Star Reserves Team

  82. Howard Beck Predicts His Western Conference All-Star Reserves Team

  83. 'We Came Up in the Struggle’: NBA’s Zach Randolph Gives $20K to Keep Lights On

  84. Celebrate This Year's Oscar Nominees with the NBA's Best Actors

  85. Philadelphia 76ers Are on a Roll with #RaiseTheCat Victory Celebration

  86. Joakim Noah Makes an Embarrassing Free-Throw Attempt Versus Pacers

  87. Dion Waiters Drills the Three to Win the Game Against the Warriors

  88. Giannis Antetokounmpo Drains the Three

  89. Westbrook Scores Game-Winner and Earns Another Triple-Double to Defeat Jazz

  90. LeBron James Nails a Clutch 3-Pointer to Tie the Game vs. Spurs

  91. Eleven Years Ago Today, Kobe Bryant Dropped 81 Points on the Raptors

  92. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: Top 5 Question Marks at the Halfway Point

  93. Howard Beck and Ric Bucher's 1st-Half Disappointments

  94. KD Has His Best Game of the Season vs. Thunder

  95. Was the NBA Right or Wrong to Reduce Fan Influence on All-Star Starters?

  96. Who Should Star in the Remake of 'White Men Can’t Jump'?

  97. The Greek Freak vs. the Beard: Harden and Giannis Face Off in Houston

  98. Allen Iverson Will Reportedly Coach Former NBA Stars in 3-on-3 Tournament

  99. Mr. December: See John Wall Once Again End the Year as NBA's Player of the Month

  100. Greg Anthony's Starting 5: the Top 5 Trade Targets in the NBA

The other issue for Utah was that it didn't have enough firepower to push past the Western Conference's No. 1 seed, according to the Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson:

Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

Warriors 7-for-27 from 3 13 of Warriors' 15 losses this season have come when they made fewer than 10 3s But Utah couldn't score enough

5/3/2017, 5:02:12 AM

Both Gordon Hayward (12points, 4-of-15shooting) and Joe Johnson (11points, 4-of-10 shooting) were in funks, and that meant the Jazz were operating at a deficit.

Utah's Notable Game 1 Stats
Player MIN PTS FGM/FGA REB AST STL BLK +/-
Gordon Hayward 34 12 4/15 4 4 2 1 -7
Joe Johnson 22 11 4/10 5 2 0 0 -15
Rudy Gobert 30 13 5/7 8 3 1 2 -3
Derrick Favors 12 4 2/5 5 0 0 0 -17
Source: NBA.com

And as the Mercury News' Tim Kawakami noted, the Jazz will need to get used to the Warriors' athleticism and their length on the perimeter following their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers:

Tim Kawakami @timkawakami

Warriors have three or four guys who can defend Hayward or Johnson. Clippers had one (Mbah a Moute).

5/3/2017, 4:13:13 AM

If there was any solace for Utah, it came in the form of a 46-25bench scoring advantage that was fueled by 12points from Rodney Hood.

Moving forward, Utah will need that kind of production—and then some—in order to keep pace with the Warriors.

The Jazz will attempt to even the series at one game apiece Thursday night when Game 2 (10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) gets underway from the Bay Area.

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