Video: 3 keys to Golden State's series-clinching victory over the Jazz

Video: 3 keys to Golden State's series-clinching victory over the Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY — Golden State proved to be too difficult for Utah to slow down consistently as the Warriors swept the Jazz in their Western Conference playoff series, capped by a 121-95 Golden State win Monday night at Vivint Arena.

Here’s a look at three key stretches during the Warriors’ series-clinching win:

Jazz early drought and Warriors fast-break points

Utah had difficulty finding its shot early in the game, particularly inside the two-point line. It wasn’t until Rudy Gobert hit a driving layup with 2:38 to go in the first quarter that the Jazz made a two-point field goal. Prior to that point, Utah was 0 for 13 from two-point range. It finished the first quarter 6-for-25 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range.

Golden State, meanwhile, built a 24-point lead in the first period and part of that was fueled by a 9-0 edge in fast-break points as the Warriors pushed the pace in their favor. Golden State finished the game with a 19-4 edge in fast-break points as well as 28 assists to 13 for the Jazz.

Jazz backups backbone of second-quarter rally

Despite falling behind 39-17 after one quarter, Utah found its way back into the contest when its bench players sparked two key second-period runs.

The first came after Golden State pushed its lead to 41-17 a little more than 30 seconds into the second quarter. Over the next three minutes, the Jazz made it a 10-point game on the back of a 14-0 run, with six straight points from Derrick Favors and four from Dante Exum.

While Golden State pushed its lead back near 20 points later in the quarter, the Jazz went on another run in the final minute and a half of the first half. Threes from Joe Ingles and Exum, combined with a pair of free throws from Gordon Hayward, made it a 60-52 game at the half after arguably Utah’s best quarter against Golden State in the series, as the Jazz outscored the visitors 35-21.

Two 3-pointers to end the third quarter for Golden State

After what had been an otherwise even third quarter, Golden State stole the momentum late in the period. Led by 12 points from Hayward in the quarter, Utah and Golden State had both scored 27 points in the third going into the final minute with the Warriors up 87-79.

After a Jazz shot clock violation, Curry sank a stepback 3-pointer in front of Hayward to push the lead back to double digits. Then, after a fruitless possession by Utah, Andre Iguodala hit a 25-foot 3-pointer with two seconds left in the quarter to make it a 14-point game, 93-79, heading into the fourth.

The Warriors built off that momentum in the final period, extending their lead back beyond 20 points in an eventual 26-point win.

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Published at Tue, 09 May 2017 05:25:00 +0000