The Golden State Warriors thought a sport towards the Utah Jazz was the proper alternative to relaxation their veteran stars and nonetheless compete for a win. The reigning champs held out Stephen Curry (ankle), Draymond Inexperienced (hip), and Andrew Wiggins (groin) as the 2 groups met in Utah on Wednesday evening. The Jazz had their very own damage points, with Mike Conley and Lauri Markkanen held out.
With a uncommon probability to take centerstage, the younger Warriors confirmed out for many of the sport. Jordan Poole popped off for 36 factors, Jonathan Kuminga added 24 factors off the bench, and Golden State appeared to wrestle a wild fourth quarter of their favor with simply seconds remaining. All they needed to do was efficiently inbound the ball and make some free throws. It’s not as straightforward because it sounds.
The Jazz beat Golden State, 124-123, in some of the unbelievable final second comebacks you will note all season. Utah stole the inbounds go by doubling Poole, scooped up the ball and threw it downcourt to Italian rookie Simone Fontecchio for the game-winner simply earlier than the buzzer. Watch the whole sequence right here:
The Warriors trailed by 9 factors to begin the fourth quarter, however locked down on protection and made sufficient photographs to get again within the sport. This could have been a very nice win to select up whereas Curry, Inexperienced, and Wiggins rested, however in some way they grabbed defeat out of the jaws of victory.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn’t know what hit him:
Steve Kerr: “In my expertise, there’s one sport like this yearly the place you permit the constructing saying, ‘What simply occurred?'”
— Madeline Kenney (@madkenney) December 8, 2022
The fourth quarter was heated the whole means by way of earlier than the ridiculous ending. The ultimate 30 seconds featured a flagrant foul known as on Jordan Clarkson after he obtained into it with Jonathan Kuminga.
Fontecchio, a 26-year-old rookie, was excellent for Utah within the victory, scoring 18 factors capped by the game-winner. Jordan Clarkson (22 factors, 9 assists), Malik Beasley (18 factors), and Collin Sexton (17 factors) helped tempo the Jazz offense all evening.
The Jazz improved to 15-12, and the Warriors fell to 13-13. You can have made some large cash betting that Utah would have a greater file than the Warriors at this level within the season. Golden State will most likely be nice finally …however a loss like that is going to sting after they’re jockeying for playoff place on the finish of the season.