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Warriors have star power to hold off Jazz, take 2-0 series lead

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, celebrates with forward Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Utah Jazz on Thursday in Oakland. The Warriors won 115-104 and lead the series 2-0.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, celebrates with forward Kevin Durant during Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Utah Jazz on Thursday in Oakland. The Warriors won 115-104 and lead the series 2-0. The Associated Press

The Golden State Warriors were proud of a recent run of success taking care of the ball.

Entering Thursday’s Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors had committed just 24 turnovers in their previous three playoff games.

Golden State wasn’t nearly as good with the ball Thursday, but still had enough to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series with a 115-104 victory at Oracle Arena. The Warriors have won all six of their games this postseason.

The Warriors had 17 turnovers, which the Jazz converted into 22 points. However, having four All-Stars in the starting lineup can help a team overcome mistakes and the quartet made an impact.

Kevin Durant led the Warriors with 25 points, 11 rebounds s and seven assists. Stephen Curry had 23 points and seven assists. Draymond Green finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Klay Thompson chipped in with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.

The Warriors led wire-to-wire for the second consecutive game, building a 20-point lead in the first half. Utah cut the deficit to 63-57 with 9:55 left in the third quarter, but would get no closer.

All-Star forward Gordon Hayward led Utah with 33 points. Center Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds before fouling out late in the game.

The Jazz played without starting point guard George Hill, who sat out with what the team said was a left big toe sprain/soreness. Shelvin Mack started in Hill’s place and had 14 points and four assists.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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