Niang sparks Jazz against Warriors: Cyclones in the NBA


Max Goldberg/Iowa State Daily

Senior Georges Niang works around the defense during their first game of the Big 12 Championship against the Oklahoma Sooners. The Cyclones would go on to lose 79-76.

Aaron Marner

Former Iowa State forward Georges Niang had arguably the best game of his NBA career Friday, when he chipped in eight points, three rebounds and an assist against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.

Niang played nine minutes off the bench for Utah in its 124-123 loss.

Niang led the second unit early in the fourth quarter as the Jazz temporarily fought off a comeback attempt from the Warriors.

Through his previous 33 NBA games, Niang’s career-high point total was five. He also hit his second and third career 3-pointers.

Utah moved to 1-1 on the season with the loss. The Jazz are back in action Monday against the Memphis Grizzlies.