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OAKLAND, Calif. -- After another weird week in a season full of drama, the Golden State Warriors figured winning was the best way to quiet the growing chatter surrounding coach Mark Jacksons job. Klay Thompson scored 33 points, Stephen Curry played through an illness to finish with 31 points and 16 assists, and the Warriors rolled past the Utah Jazz 130-102 Sunday night to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. "If you pay attention to the chatter, then you lose sight of whats taking place," Jackson said. "If it was great noise around here, our chatter is irrelevant. The numbers speak for themselves." The Warriors (48-29) eclipsed last seasons win total and moved 19 games over .500 for the first time in 20 years. Golden State remains 1 1/2 games behind fifth-place Portland and 1 1/2 games ahead of seventh-place Dallas in the crammed conference standings. Even in the midst of the franchises best season in two decades, not everything has gone smoothly for the Bay Areas beloved basketball team -- or its coach. The Warriors have parted ways with two of Jacksons assistant coaches in less than two weeks. They fired Darren Erman on Saturday for what the team called "a violation of company policy," and Jackson reassigned Brian Scalabrine to the teams NBA Development League affiliate in Santa Cruz on March 25 because of what Jackson called a "difference in philosophies." For at least one night, though, Jacksons players put the focus back on the court. The Warriors scored more points than they had all season, made a season-high 17 3-pointers on 33 attempts and outshot Utah 57.8 per cent to 45.3 per cent from the floor. Center Andrew Bogut, who had missed the past four games with a bruise in his pelvis and groin area, also returned to finish with six points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. "There have been some things that happened off the floor that happen in all professional organizations," Bogut said. "Its obviously none of your business, none of the fans business, no ones business outside of our organization. Its a team thing that stays in house. Were still winning games." Playing against the Western Conferences worst team certainly helped. Trey Burke had 24 points and 15 assists, and Alec Burks added 24 points and five assists in the latest lopsided loss for the Jazz (24-53), who are just trying to finish out the season on a positive note. Instead, they let two of the leagues streakiest shooters get loose. "Curry and Thompson got hot early. They got open looks," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Curry came out with the intent of getting them up early and he made shots." The shooting display came after Jackson spent about 15 minutes before the game defending the job he has done, saying theres "no friction at all" between him and management. He also said "Im absolutely convinced my future is just fine." The scintillating shooting display by Jacksons guard duo, which he has repeatedly proclaimed the "greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history," quickly put the Warriors on firm footing. Curry, who said he has been battling a cold, made his first four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points and six assists in the first quarter to give Golden State a 35-22 lead. After the Warriors went ahead 40-22 early in the second quarter, Utah took advantage of several misses and mistakes by Golden States second unit to score 13 straight points. Curry and Co. returned and restored order, ending the half with a 66-52 lead. Curry had 20 points and 11 assists at the break; Utah totalled 10 as a team during that span. "Its tough, man," Burks said. "I guarded both of them. Theyre great players and they can really shoot." Thompson and Curry continued their scoring surge in the third quarter to lift the Warriors ahead 101-73 through three quarters. Both sat out the fourth. Thompson finished 11 of 20 from the floor, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. Curry shot 12 of 18 from the field and 5 of 10 from beyond the arc. NOTES: Warriors PF David Lee sat out for the sixth straight game with nerve inflammation in his right leg, and his status remains murky. ... The last time the Warriors were 19 games over .500 was when they held a 50-31 record near the end of the 1993-94 season. They finished 50-32. ... The Warriors swept the season series (4-0) against the Jazz for the first time. ... Golden State doesnt play again until hosting Denver on Thursday, while the Jazz face Dallas on Tuesday in Utah. Jamie McGinn Jersey . Ramirez is still hitting behind Puig, only now they are in the third and fourth spots, and the change is starting to generate positive results for manager Don Mattingly. Wholesale Panthers Jerseys . The eighth-year point guard played in his 500th career game on Sunday, a 98-93 win over the Orlando Magic. Does he feel like hes played in that many games? "No," he said initially, before reconsidering. http://www.cheapfloridapanthersjerseys.c...e-weegar-jersey. The Italian side scored twice in a four-minute span in the second half to defeat former stars from S. Bill Torrey Jersey .com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets rewarded starting goaltender and pending restricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky with a four-year contract extension on Friday. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . "I knew it was gone. I mean, I felt it," the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year said. "I havent felt like that in a while. I havent got extension on a ball in a pretty long time.OKLAHOMA CITY - The crowd roared when Russell Westbrook was introduced, and he gave Thunder fans what they had been anticipating for a month.Oklahoma Citys point guard scored 32 points in his first game back from a broken right hand, and the Thunder rolled past the Knicks 105-78 on Friday night.Westbrook was injured in the second game of the season and hadnt played since. He returned in grand fashion, making 12 of 17 shots, including 3 of 4 3-pointers, and adding eight assists and seven rebounds in just 23 minutes before checking out late in the third quarter because the Thunder were in control.It was exciting, man, he said. Im just blessed to be able to go out and play the game I love to play, especially with my teammates. The crowd was great, the energy was high. So it was fun to be out there.He said his conditioning was good, but not great.The crowd helped me out, he said. Ill fight through it. Just keep going and keep going, and hopefully, somebody calls a timeout.Knicks coach Derek Fisher, a former Thunder point guard who has played with and against Westbrook, saw what he expected from the three-time All-Star.I think thats the way Russell plays no matter what the situation is, Fisher said. First game or 80th game, hes going to play with a lot of energy, intensity and passion. He was great tonight, but they were a better team than us tonight.Amare Stoudemire had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks, who shot 39 per cent from the field and scored a season-low point total in their third straight loss. Carmelo Anthony, a Top 10 scorer in the league, missed his second straight game with back spasms. He said before the game he was unsure when he would return.Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Jeremy Lamb added 13 points for the Thunder, who won consecutive games for the first time this season. Reigning MVP Kevin Durant still hasnt returned from a broken bone in his right foot, but he has been practicing.Westbrook had 10 points and four assists in the first 7:13 to give the Thunder a 21-5 lead. After the second of back-to-back 3-pointers, he motioned like he was putting a gun back into a holsster.dddddddddddd By the time he took a break with 3:33 left in the first quarter, he had 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting and had four assists.The Thunder continued to roll. Lamb came off the bench for Westbrook and scored 11 points during a 15-3 run that gave Oklahoma City a 40-13 lead.Westbrook returned and he stayed hot. He had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds in the first half to help the Thunder take a 59-33 lead at halftime.Westbrooks lob to Andre Roberson for an alley-oop dunk put the Thunder ahead 67-40 in the third quarter, and Oklahoma City cruised from there. The Thunders largest lead was 37 points.It wasnt just Russell, Fisher said. Overall they were at a higher rate than us. The energy was higher, and we just couldnt meet it.____TIP-INSThunder: Oklahoma City held New York to 4-for-22 shooting in the first quarter. ... The Thunder set a season high for points in the first half for the second straight game. ... Reggie Jackson had 10 points, six rebounds and four assists in his return to a backup role. He entered the game averaging 20.2 points and 7.8 assists per contest. ... Rookie Grant Jerrett got his first action for the Thunder. ... Steven Adams had a career-high 13 rebounds.Knicks: Fisher coached against Oklahoma City for the first time. He received a loud cheer from the crowd during pregame introductions. ... The Knicks had one assist in the first quarter. ... JR Smith, who replaced Anthony in the starting lineup, scored two points on 1-for-9 shooting.QUOTE OF THE NIGHTWestbrook, on the excitement of pregame introductions: Ive got an opportunity to go out there and hear my name called. You never want to take that for granted.THUNDER BALANCEOklahoma City entered the game ranked fourth in the league in scoring defence and field-goal percentage defence. The offence finally offered support, posting its second-highest scoring output of the season. The Thunder scored 100 or more points for just the fifth time.UP NEXTOklahoma City plays at New Orleans on Dec. 2.New York plays host to Miami on Sunday.__Follow Cliff Brunt on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CliffBruntAP. ' ' '

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