With seeming chaos swirling all around them off the court, the Warriors continued to show great stability in between the end lines Sunday night at Oracle Arena. A day after assistant coach Darren Erman was fired for violating company policy and two weeks after assistant coach Brian Scalabrine was demoted for disagreeing with head coach Mark Jackson, the Warriors showcased a harmony that made a 130-102 victory over Utah look easy. "These past two games have been things of beauty: defensively, offensively, executing, unselfish basketball, in spite of - whether we want to acknowledge it or not - all of the chatter outside of the locker room," Jackson said. "These guys deserve a lot of credit for how focused they are and how tied together they are." The Warriors, who led by as many as 31 points, established a season high in scoring with 1:31 remaining, when Marreese Speights slammed home a Jordan Crawford pass for a 127-98 lead. Draymond Green's three-pointer on the next possession gave the Warriors a season-high 17th three for the game and allowed them to tie their season bests of 52 field goals and 34 assists. Despite a glut of recent injuries, the loss of two assistant coaches and the never-ending conjecture about the future of the head coach, the Warriors keep taking care of business. They won for the 12th time in their past 17 games, surpassing last season's 47-win total and getting to 19 games above .500 for the first time since 1994. "I'd be lying if I said it probably doesn't add something to it, because if you go at my guys, I'm going to buckle up, too," Jackson said. Center Andrew Bogut returned from a four-game absence because of a pelvic/groin bruise, and small forward Andre Iguodala looked sharp in his second straight game after missing a contest with right knee tendinitis. David Lee missed his fifth straight game, and Jackson said an MRI exam on the power forward's strained right hamstring showed nerve inflammation that could sideline him for an extended period. The Warriors swept the Jazz for the first time since the then-New Orleans Jazz debuted in 1974-75 and won this season's four-game set by an average of 14.5 points. Golden State is 1 1/2 games behind fifth-place Portland in the Western Conference and 1 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Dallas and two games in front of Phoenix.
Amid apparent chaos, Warriors rout Jazz 130-102
San Francisco Chronicle | Apr 7