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Ellis act: 45 points lead way


Ellis act: 45 points lead wayMonta Ellis claims he scored 42 points against San Antonio on Wednesday because his mother asked for that kind of output.

His wife demanded even more points before Monday's game.

"She asked me to get 50, and I was going for it," Ellis said. "When I fouled out, she threw her thumb in the air and said 45 and a win was good enough."

Ellis scored a career-high 45 points and added five rebounds and five steals in another franchise-carrying effort that led the Warriors to a 126-107 win over Indiana in front of 16,574 fans at Oracle Arena.

Ellis topped 30 points for the fourth time in the past five games and eclipsed 40 for the second time in three games. He kept the Warriors in the game by scoring 16 straight in the first quarter and put the game away with seven straight to open the fourth.

"I was born to do this," Ellis said. "It's not impressive to me. I've been doing this all my life."

The Warriors trailed by as many as 14 points, but Anthony Morrow hit back-to-back long jumpers in the closing seconds of the third quarter. His 20-footer with 22.1 seconds left gave Golden State an 85-83 lead - its first since 2-0 on the opening possession of the game.

"He's the boss. I mean, he's running the show for this team," said former Warrior Mike Dunleavy, who had 22 points for Indiana. "His quickness and explosiveness attacking big guys, either getting to the line or getting layups, he's tough to beat."

Ellis made it look as though he can total whatever number his mother or his wife mention, recently taking over games for long spans. He needed only a quick spurt to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter, hitting a three-pointer, a long jumper and a breakaway dunk in the opening minutes to push the Warriors ahead 92-83.

Ellis fouled out with 6:03 remaining, leaving to a standing ovation from the fans and his teammates. He had played the opening 42 minutes and is steadily climbing to elite status, joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and rookie Brandon Jennings as the league's only players averaging 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.

"Monta has been playing at a level that is pretty incredible," acting coach Keith Smart said. "We're watching a guy we all knew could be special start to do that."

Smart has been looking for someone to step into the role of Ellis' sidekick, and he got two applicants Monday. Morrow had 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting and five rebounds, and C.J. Watson came off the bench for 18 points, six assists and four rebounds.

"I'm just trying to complement Monta," Watson said. "He's going to get a lot more attention, so I've got to make open shots and get the defense off of him."

The Warriors' victory may have come at a cost as both Anthony Randolph and Ronny Turiaf limped off during the third quarter. Turiaf was playing just his second game after returning from a 12-game hiatus with a sprained knee.

Randolph's left leg gave out as he tried to plant while being pushed in the back by Pacers center Jeff Foster. The second-year forward didn't play in the final 19 minutes, had trouble putting any weight on his leg and will not make the trip to Denver because of the ankle sprain.

The Warriors already are without Kelenna Azubuike knee, Raja Bell wrist, Andris Biedrins groin, Speedy Claxton knee, Devean George knee and Brandan Wright shoulder as they head into the second game of a back-to-back tonight at Denver.

The will wear uniforms from their first two seasons on the West Coast 1962-64 on Thursday as part of the Hardwood Classics Nights. They will also wear the retro yellow San Francisco jerseys at every remaining Wednesday home game.- Rusty SimmonsStaying on the shelf Warriors center Andris Biedrins will miss at least another week with a groin injury that was diagnosed after he left the Sacramento game Nov. 8, the Warriors said Monday.

Biedrins will be re-evaluated before the team heads on its next five-game road trip, which begins Dec. 7 at Oklahoma City. The Warriors said the injury usually sidelines players between four and six weeks.

- Rusty Simmons


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