Golden State hopes to wrap up a six-game homestand in winning fashion tonight when it plays host to a Utah Jazz team aiming to bounce back from a tough loss.
After losing the first two games of their current residency, the Warriors have bounced back a little to win two of the three with the latest triumph coming on Tuesday when Brandon Rush poured in 20 points off the bench, including 15 in the fourth quarter, as Golden State held off Sacramento late for a 93-90 victory.
"This is a process," said Golden State head coach Mark Jackson. "We talked about second shot opportunities, giving them up, and we talked about taking care of the basketball, and we also talked about getting back in transition defensively and my guys did a great job of taking care of the basketball."
The Jazz, meanwhile suffered a rare loss to the Clippers in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Los Angeles had lost 15 straight and 42 of 43 against the Jazz in the Beehive State, but got a season- high 34 points and 11 assists from Chris Paul to earn a 107-105 victory in a game which featured 12 ties and 14 lead changes.
Al Jefferson, a game-time decision due to an ankle injury, had a team-high 27 points and 12 boards for the Jazz, who saw their two-game win streak come to an end. C.J. Miles scored 16 and Paul Millsap finished with 14.
"For the most part we fought hard...the guys hung in there to give us a chance to win," Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Utah has been solid as usual at EnergySolutions Arena with a 10-4 mark but will now be starting a stretch in which it plays 14 of 20 away from home.
On the injury front for the Jazz, backup point guard Earl Watson is doubtful after suffering a sprained left ankle against the Clips, while defensive- minded shooting guard Raja Bell remains questionable with a strained right adductor.
Utah snapped a two-game skid to the Warriors with an 88-87 win in Oakland back on Jan. 7