It would have been very easy for the Golden State Warriors to drop their first game of the season in Monday's visit to the Utah Jazz. The slow-paced Jazz controlled tempo and generally played the style they prefer, trailing by double digits for all of 14 seconds on the night. No team has played the Warriors so consistently well over their record-breaking start to the season, and the Jazz had a chance to win late.
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It says something about Golden State that the defending champions were able to withstand that fine effort to improve their record to 19-0. The Warriors topped the Jazz 106-103 at Vivint Smart Home Arena behind a resilient showing that featured key bench contributions and a few new wrinkles with wing Harrison Barnes sidelined due to an ankle injury. The Jazz provided a sort of blueprint for beating them, but it still wasn't enough to get the job done.
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