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Ingles shoots the lights out as Warriors steal victory
Joe Ingles announced earlier this year that he was the best shooter in the league. Joking or not, Ingles backed up his 22 point performance against the Sacramento Kings with a career equalling high of 27 points.
Unfortunately for the Jazz they couldn't go the distance. Falling agonisingly short, after a last gasp tip from former teammate Jonas Jerebko.
Ingles shot the lights out. Knocking down 7 from 11 attempts from deep, adding four rebounds, pushing out four assists, adding two steals and chipping in with one block. Whilst a stat filling performance like this has been accustomed by Ingles, it's been his offensive prowess early in the season which has surprised.
After averaging 11.5 points per game last season, Ingles has started the season all guns blazing. Through two games he has averaged 24.5 points on 70% shooting from the field and knocking down 65% from the three. Whilst those numbers are going to be hard to continue through an 82 game season, you can't fault much of what Ingles has done so far.
But for all of Ingles good today, the Jazz fell to the Durant and Curry lead Warriors, 123-124.
The Jazz themselves broke several team records in the high scoring affair. Opening the game with an 81 point half, the Jazz looked well in control. Midway through the third term they had stretched out their lead to 16 points.
As it came down to the crunch the Warriors stars in Durant and Curry just couldn't be stopped. Durant lead all scorers with 38 points, whilst Curry chipped in with 31. The Jazz were able to nullify the three-ball threat of the Warriors for most of the game - surprisingly they were only able to get up 19 shots from beyond the arc. But Durant's lethal mid range game and Curry's ability to finish in the paint, ended up getting the game back on the Warriors terms.
It seemed the Jazz were the ones letting shots fly from behind the arc with 46 three-point attempts of which they connected on 19. The Warriors on the other hand shot a blistering 56.3 percent from the field, 10 from 19 from 3-point range, and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Dante Exum put the Jazz up 111-101 midway through the fourth, before Golden State responded with a 13-0 run. Exum came off the bench, chipping in with a more than handy 13 points in 18 minutes game time.
The Jazz threw everything at the Warriors and only just came up short. They will regroup before welcoming the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday at 1:00pm AEST.