Favors 'sticking up' for Kanter in tussle

Dec 26 2012 - 11:29pm

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Since returning from a troublesome bout of Plantar fasciitis in his right foot, Jazz forward Derrick Favors had made some -- no pun intended -- huge strides. But he was whistled for a technical foul while coming to the aid of teammate Enes Kanter on Wednesday and struggled along with the rest of his teammates against Golden State.

Taking up for Kanter, Favors got into a first-half tussle with fellow Georgia Tech alum Jarrett Jack, but it was one of the team's only highlights of the night as the Jazz fell 94-83.

"It was just a little shoving match," Favors said.

Jack came at Kanter at the 9:19 mark of the second quarter after Kanter grabbed a rebound and was fouled by Golden State's Carl Landry.

Favors said he was sticking up for Kanter.

"He walked up on Enes (so) I just walked up on him," he said.

Favors finished Wednesday's game with nine points and three rebounds.

During the team's recent road trip with games against the Nets, Pacers, Heat and Magic, he came off the bench to score double figures in each game.

Going into Wednesday's game, he had averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and nearly two blocked shots in his last four contests.

Favors, 22, said his approach is to simply play has hard as he can whenever he gets sent into the game.

"The minutes I get, the opportunities I get, I just go out there and play hard," he said.

GAME 30

Warriors 94, Jazz 83

* BEST PLAY: Alec Burks puts a subtle head fake on Jarret Jack and busts along the baseline for a circus dunk, cutting Golden State's lead to 37-32 at the 4:23 mark of the second quarter.

* BEST LINE: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry finished with 23 points on 7-for-18 shooting. He also went 4-for-7 from behind the 3-point line and had eight rebounds and seven assists.

* KEY STAT: Curry set the tone early. He scored the Warriors' first 11 points of the game and 13 of their first 18 and went 3-for-4 behind the 3-point line in the first half.

* MILESTONE: The Jazz's 83 points Wednesday tied a season-low in scoring.

* INJURY REPORT: The Jazz played without starting point guard Mo Williams (sprained right thumb), who missed his second consecutive game. Before Wednesday's game team officials referred to Williams' injury as a "severely sprained." ... For the Warriors, ex-University of Utah standout Andrew Bogut (left ankle rehab) and guard Brandon Rush (left knee) each missed the game.

* ETC.: Curry and Jack combined for 27 first-half points on 8-for-17 shooting. They combined to hit 5-for-6 from behind the 3-point line. ... The Warriors improved to 14-1 this season when leading after the first quarter. ... The win was Golden State's first win in Salt Lake City since Feb. 16, 2010. ... None of Utah's starters played in the fourth quarter. ... Burks and Kanter combined for 15 points as the Jazz cut into what was a 17-point Warriors' lead to start the fourth.

* UP NEXT: The Jazz play host to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, then head to L.A. for a rematch on Sunday.

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