Jazz-Warriors Preview

Stephen Curry and the surging Golden State Warriors continue to light up the scoreboard.

A visit from the Utah Jazz isn't likely to cool them off.

Golden State goes for a fourth consecutive win and fifth in a row against the Jazz as these Western Conference foes square off Friday night.

Off to their best start since 1975-76, the Warriors (8-2) are second in the NBA with 108.6 points per game. They're averaging an even more impressive 118.3 during their winning streak after setting a season high for points in Sunday's 136-115 road win over the Lakers.

Curry scored 30 to go with 15 assists and Marreese Speights had 24 points off the bench as Golden State shot 53.5 percent. The Warriors posted at least 40 points in back-to-back quarters for the first time since 1991 with 40 in the second and 41 in the third.

Curry shot 10 of 19, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. There have only been nine individual 30-point-15-assist games since the start of last season, five of which belong to Curry.

"That's as good a job at point guard as I've ever seen, what Steph did tonight - managing the game, being aggressive at the right times, taking care of the ball and finding guys," coach Steve Kerr said. "The guy has taken it to another level. I think he's the best in the NBA right now at that position."

Curry went off for 31 points and matched a career best with 16 assists in a 130-102 rout against the Jazz on April 6. He's averaging 32.3 points on 55.9 percent shooting to go with 9.3 assists in his last three games in the series.

The Warriors outscored the Jazz by an average of 14.5 points in taking all four meetings last season, their longest run in the series since 1994. Golden State has never earned five consecutive wins against Utah.

The Jazz (5-7) have won two of three after storming back to beat Oklahoma City 98-81 on Tuesday. Alec Burks had 20 points and a career-high 14 rebounds while Enes Kanter finished with 16 and 15 as Utah erased an early 17-point deficit.

Trey Burke also came up big with 17 points and nine assists for the Jazz, who scored 21 points off 14 turnovers. Utah also held a 42-26 edge in the paint and limited the Thunder to 35.7 percent shooting.

"It's all about pace, man. Moving the basketball. Thinking about the next pass and the next play you're going to make before you get the ball," forward Gordon Hayward said as all five starters scored in double figures. "It's something we've been talking about since training camp. When the ball is moving, everybody is a threat and we're pretty hard to guard."

Hayward is averaging a team-leading 18.7 points on 47.2 percent shooting, way up from last season's mark of 41.3.

Golden State's Klay Thompson has scored a combined 58 points while going 12 of 18 from 3-point range in back-to-back home wins over Utah. The fourth-year guard is averaging what would be a new career high 23.6 points, including 27.0 at home - where he's shot a remarkable 21 of 32 from beyond the arc.

The Warriors are averaging 113.4 points while allowing 101.4 in opening 4-1 on their own court. The Jazz are 2-5 on the road, where they're averaging 96.9 points and giving up 104.4.

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