SALT LAKE CITY — Nearly two months on, Utah Jazz players hadn't forgotten the embarrassing double-digit loss they suffered at home to Golden State.
They evened the score Tuesday night with a 115-101 victory over the Warriors.
"Everyone kept saying, 'We owed them,"' guard Paul Foye said of a spirited Monday night practice session. "Tonight we came out and had a different swag about us. . We wanted to show them they're not going to walk over us this time."
Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 in his return from a shoulder injury and the Jazz never trailed in extending the Warriors' losing streak to six games.
Seven Jazz players scored in double figures and Utah got 47 points from its reserves.
Utah also made 10 of 21 3-pointers, including three by Foye, who finished with 15 points.
The Jazz viewed the win as a double-victory considering they entered the night with as many wins but two more losses than the Warriors. Golden State (30-23) remains percentage points ahead of the Jazz (31-24) for sixth place in the Western Conference playoff race. The teams play once more, in April.
The Warriors were hoping the All-Star break would refresh them after they dropped five straight to ruin a strong start to the season.
Despite what coach Mark Jackson said was a sharp practice the night before, the Warriors had the same defensive struggles during a skid that saw them allow opponents 118 points a game on 49 percent shooting and 43 percent from 3-point range.
"It is another uncharacteristic performance by us," Jackson said. "We have to find ourselves."