SALT LAKE CITY - Andrew Bogut adds an element of toughness to the Golden State Warriors, one the franchise was previously lacking, former teammate Richard Jefferson said prior to Monday's Jazz-Warriors game at EnergySolutions Arena.
Speaking after the morning shootaround, Jefferson, who spent last season with the Warriors, said Bogut is a tough character and his feisty approach brings a harder edge to the team.
"He's such a competitor, he's a fighter," he said. "And they have competitors - David Lee, Steph (Curry), Klay (Thompson) - but there's a little bit of a toughness and a little bit of an edge that Bogut always has, especially even around his own teammates. He'll argue with his own teammates, he'll fight with his own teammates just to keep that fire going within everybody. You need that on a team."
Bogut, a standout center during his college days at the University of Utah, was traded to Golden State from Milwaukee in 2012.
Although he has battled through injury issues - he played just 32 games last season - he now is the Warriors' starting center, averaging 6.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.
Jefferson played in 56 games for the Warriors last season.
Going into Monday's game, Bogut had averaged 10.2 points and 9.7 rebounds in 14 previous meetings with the Jazz.
Bogut finished Monday's game with eight points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots.
Warriors 98, Jazz 87
* BEST LINE: Before getting hurt, Steph Curry notched 22 points to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and three steals. He was 7-for-15 from the field, 4-of-7 from behind the 3-point line.
* KEY STAT: The Warriors shot 75 percent (6-for-8) from 3-point territory in the second quarter, outscoring the Jazz 37-17.
* SIDELINE MOMENT: The fans who remained after the Jazz fell behind 87-67 with 8:50 left in the game cheered wildly as the far end of Utah's bench rallied against Golden State's third stringers with a late run.
Ian Clark became an instant fan favorite as he scored 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting over the final 3:58.
* HISTORY LESSON: On today's date in 1977, the New Orleans Jazz set what at the time was an NBA record for fewest free throws made in a game: one. Although the Rockets committed 17 fouls, the Jazz went to the foul line only five times and made just one shot. Even so, New Orleans earned a 103-101 win. The Toronto Raptors set a new mark for free throw futility on January 9, 1996 when they failed to make a single freebie in a loss to the Charlotte Hornets.
* INJURY REPORT: No Andris Biedrins (ankle), Trey Burke (finger) or Jeremy Evans (shoulder) for the Jazz. ... No Toney Douglass (leg), Jermaine O'Neal (knee, groin) or Festus Ezeli (knee) for the Warriors. ... Curry was injured in the fourth quarter when Jazzman Marvin Williams landed on him, knocking Curry's head to the floor. He did not return.
* ETC.: On a night when the Jazz hit seven 3s and shot 46.7 percent from behind the arc, Golden State was even better, hitting 12 3s and 54.5 percent from long distance. ... Harrison Barnes led Golden State's bench with 17 points; Marvin Williams led Utah's with 16 on 5-for-11 shooting. ... The Jazz were outrebounded 57-40 and surrendered 19 points off 11 turnovers. ... The Warriors' biggest lead was 28 points. ... The Jazz helped celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address by hosting 120 students for an on-court pregame ceremony prior to the game. The students were given tickets to the game from Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. ... The Warriors announced the signing of Dewayne Dedmon from the D-League's Santa Cruz Warriors.
* UP NEXT: The Jazz will make stops in New Orleans (Wednesday) and Dallas (Friday) this week.
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