News ID: 320726
Published: 0846 GMT April 03, 2022

Warriors rally from 16 down to beat Jazz, get playoff spot

Warriors rally from 16 down to beat Jazz, get playoff spot
JED JACOBSOHN/AP

Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) shoots during an NBA victory over the Jazz in San Francisco, CA, US, on April 2, 2022.

Klay Thompson scored 36 points and Golden State Warriors erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Utah Jazz 111-107 and clinch an NBA playoff spot.

Jordan Poole added 31 and Andrew Wiggins had 17 as the Warriors also snapped a four-game losing streak. At 49-29, they hold a one-game lead over the Dallas Mavericks for the third seed in the Western Conference with four games remaining, The Associated Press reported.

Utah, now tied with Denver for the fifth spot, could have moved to within a game of third place with a victory. Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley each had 26 for the Jazz.

It was an all-too-familiar storyline for the Jazz, who blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. Utah has lost 15 games this season in which it held double-digit leads.

I dont think were in a good place for the last six minutes (of a game),” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. Its not a good feeling in the locker room right now because guys want to win.”

Trailing 103-87 with just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth, the Warriors rattled off an 18-0 run to take a 105-103 lead with 2:10 left. Thompson hit three 3-pointers during the stretch.

It felt like we had enough time, but we didnt have much momentum,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “… Unbelievable performance down stretch from our guys. I dont know what else to say.”

 

 

   
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