OAKLAND – Forward Kevin Durant scored 28 points and made seven assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to their fifth straight win with a 115-108 victory against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena on Tuesday.
The Warriors (41-15) have now won nine of their last 10 games, meaning they hold on to the top spot in the Western Conference with the second-best record in the NBA behind the Milwaukee Bucks.
Point guard Stephen Curry had 24 points, five defensive rebounds, four assists and four steals, while guard Klay Thompson added another 22 for Golden State, whose recent form, which has seen them register 16 wins out of 17, has them nailed on as favorites to retain their title.
The Warriors have won three of the past four NBA championships.
Center DeMarcus Cousins was the top scorer for Golden State inside the paint with a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds – nine of them defensive – five assists and two steals, while Draymond Green also contributed to a solid defensive performance for the home team.
“We won the game in the first quarter with our defensive effort,” Curry said on court at the end of the game. “We set the tone early, we’ve been having some terrible starts as of late, and we rectified that.”
Before the game started, Curry, Durant and Thompson received their All-Star jerseys from the team’s General Manager Bob Myers.
The All-Star Weekend will be held from Friday to Sunday.
Guard Donovan Mitchell was the highest scorer for the visiting Jazz (32-25) with 25 points, going 3-of-8 from the three-point range, in addition to making seven rebounds.
Point guard Ricky Rubio had 16 points while center Rudy Gobert scored another 13 along with 16 rebounds for his 46th double-double of the season.
In 32 minutes of play, Rubio went 7-of-17 from the field, 1-of-5 from the three-point range, and had four rebounds and six assists.
Utah, which has won six out of its last 10 games, remains in playoff contention in sixth position in the Western Conference.