Salt Lake City, UT – Derrick Favors had a breakout game with highs in points, 23, and rebounds, 17, as his three-point play with 92 victory over the Golden State Warriors at Energy Solutions Arena on Saturday.
Favors, who started in place of Al Harrington as he grieves the loss of his grandmother, finished a dunk and hit the ensuing free throw to tie the game at 87, and then came up with a block on Nate Robinson's drive with 7.9 ticks left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Utah would outscore the Warriors 12-5 in the extra session for the victory.
"I am just coming out here and playing my game," said Favors. "Rebounding and defense, that's my game. Coach trusted me enough at the end of the game to keep me in, so I couldn't let him down."
Robinson finished with 19 points, David Lee scored 18 and Klay Thompson netted 17 as Golden State dropped its third straight contest.
Utah held a seven point lead early in the fourth, but Dorell Wright connected on a trey with 5:42 left to cap an 11-2 run for the Warriors as they took a 78-76 lead.
The teams exchanged buckets over the next five minutes, as Harris pulled his team even at 84 with a midrange jumper with 41.1 seconds remaining.
Robinson responded for the Warriors, drilling a step-back three to put the visitors on top 87-84 with 32.4 ticks on the clock before Favors tied the game on a three-point play as he posterized Andris Biedrins with a dunk in the lane.
Utah tallied the first six points of overtime and never looked back, holding the Warriors without a field goal for the first 4:55 of the extra session to hold on for the victory.
"The frustrating thing is that we had the opportunity to close out the game," remarked Golden State head coach Mark Jackson. "We needed one stop and we didn't get it done. It's disappointing."
Golden State held a 25-18 advantage after one, and entered the locker room with a 51-46 edge.
The Jazz gained momentum in the third, as Harris connected on a three-pointer four minutes into the frame to give Utah a 56-55 edge, its first since early in the first quarter.
Golden State regained the lead 64-63, late in the third, but Utah closed out the quarter with a 6-1 surge to take a 69-65 lead entering the final frame.
Utah will visit the Lakers on Sunday, while the Warriors host Minnesota on Monday...Richard Jefferson played his first game as a Warrior after being acquired at the trade deadline for Stephen Jackson..Golden State guard Stephen Curry missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right ankle.