SALT LAKE CITY -- Stephen Curry's speed didn't give the Utah Jazz fits Wednesday night - it was his quickness.
Curry, Golden State's roadrunner-like point guard, got off to a blazing start, scoring the Warriors' first 11 points on the way to a 94-83 victory over the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena.
"It's not his quickness, it's the way he shoots the ball," Utah guard Randy Foye said. "It wasn't his quickness it was just his shot."
Curry set the tone early for the Warriors, scoring their first 11 points and 13 of their first 18. Having established that early rhythm, he enabled his team to break out to a 22 point lead, which the Jazz never did threaten.
He finished with 23 points on 7-for-18 shooting, plus added four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and seven assists.
With starting point guard Mo Williams - himself a well-known speedster - sitting out with what the team called a "severely sprained" right thumb, the Jazz simply had no answer for Curry, his sharp first step or sizzling shooting touch.
Veterans Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson filled in for Williams, attempting to slow the Warriors down with savvy experience. But their just wasn't enough room in their bag of tricks to erase that fast start.
Curry and teammate Jarrett Jack combined to score 27 of the Warriors' 49 first-half points. They also combined to go 5-for-6 from behind the 3-point line as Golden State took a 12 point lead into halftime.
The Jazz (15-15) fell behind by 22 in the second half and even though they rallied to cut the lead to single digits in the final minute the game really was never in doubt.
"We made shots, we defended the basketball, we understood what could help us," Golden State coach Mark Jackson said. "Our guys did a great job of following the game plan."
The Warriors (19-10) also added a zone defense to their game plan, which stymied the Jazz into shooting just 29 percent in the third quarter.
On the night, Utah managed just 39 percent from the field and score only five points off the fastbreak.
Coach Tyrone Corbin said the Jazz missed Williams' ability to push the tempo of the game.
"We missed him a lot," he said. "We missed his pace. He's the kind of guy once you go to the primary part of the offense (then) comeback (to the) secondary, you get the ball in his hands and he can attack the rim and get something in the paint or make a shot or make a pass. We just didn't get that tonight."
Neither Tinsley nor Watson scored in the game. They combined to go 0-for-5 but did have seven assists.
"I think our team didn't play well collectively, it's not (one) position," Watson said. "It's the flow, it's the rhythm it's the identity - we have to create one and we have to stick with it."
If the Jazz couldn't settle on an identity, the Warriors - and Curry - established one beautifully.
"Their style of play is exactly how he plays," Watson said. "Every player that plays has that style of play. That's their style, that's the identity of their team."
Behind Curry's 23 points, the Warriors also got 18 from forward David Lee and 15 apiece from Jack and guard Klay Thompson.
The Jazz were led by Al Jefferson's 18 points and 10 rebounds. Paul Millsap added 14 and Enes Kanter came off the bench for 10.
Corbin kept his starters on the bench for the fourth quarter.
The Jazz now have lost dropped their second consecutive home game and third in six contests.
Utah's 83 points tied a season low.
"We just didn't bring it," guard Gordon Hayward said. "Defensively and offensively, we didn't have it today and it was obvious."