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Monday, November 18, 2013 11:57 pm

Curry scores 22 to lead Warriors over Jazz 98-87

By MATTHEW COLESAssociated Press

Stephen Curry scored 22 points, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes had 17 apiece and the Golden State Warriors beat the struggling Utah Jazz 98-87 on Monday night.

Curry had eight assists and made four 3-pointers before leaving in the fourth quarter after Utah's Marvin Williams landed on his head in a scramble for a loose ball. After a couple of minutes to gain his bearings, Curry got up and left the court under his own power with a towel draped over his head.

Curry is expected to be ready for Wednesday's home game against Memphis.

The Warriors made 12 of 22 attempts from 3-point range and led by as many as 28 points.

Gordon Hayward scored 18 points and Williams had 16 but the Jazz (1-11) dropped their third straight after earning their lone win of the season.

In their first game without Jermaine O'Neal, David Lee had 14 points and 14 rebounds while Andrew Bogut added 13 rebounds and three blocked shots to neutralize Utah's inside presence.

What the Jazz lack (and the Warriors have in spades) became apparent in the fourth quarter. After clawing within striking distance, Utah missed eight of its first nine shots in the fourth quarter.

The Jazz are among the worst shooting teams in the league, converting less than 41 percent of their attempts. They were even worse against Golden State, finishing at 39.5 percent despite an abundance of clean looks at the rim.

On the other end, the Warriors heated up in the final period to put the game away. Thompson's layup with 7:56 to play extended the lead to 92-69.