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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-11

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-11

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-11The Warriors hit rock bottom so hard Monday, they struck gold.

Just when you thought it couldn't get worse for the Warriors in the wake of consecutive blowout losses to the Clippers and Kings, published comments from Stephen Jackson's agent ripping Golden State coach Don Nelson and demanding that his client be traded immediately.

Jackson had a chance to force the issue with a sixth consecutive mediocre (or worse) game Monday night, but he responded with far and away his best performance of the season, one that not only increased his trade value but also demonstrated his worth to the Golden State organization.

Playing the type of team ball that made him a fan favorite almost immediately upon being acquired from Indiana, Jackson dished off a career-best 15 assists to spearhead the Warriors' most unselfish effort of the young season in a 146-105 crushing of the visiting Timberwolves.

Labeling Nelson everything from a racist to ungrateful to disloyal, Mark Stevens created such a tornado around his client, it easily could have engulfed the entire Warriors locker room Monday. That, he undoubtedly hoped, would expedite the purchase of Jackson's one-way ticket out of town.

But instead, Jackson led the Warriors' most encouraging show of the season, prompting his teammates to pass, shoot and defend better than in any previous game.

Jackson continually looked for Anthony Morrow, who bombed in five of his six 3-point attempts; Anthony Randolph, who flushed dunk after dunk en route to 23 points; and Kelenna Azubuike, who dropped in 13 of 19 shots during a 31-point night.

Monta Ellis had 10 rebounds, Corey Maggette poured in 11 points in 10 minutes, Randolph blocked three shots and even Acie Law got into the act, making five steals as the Warriors overwhelmed an opponent that entered the game with problems but fewer of them than the home team shouldered.

Alas, even at the team's high point of the season, there was darkness. Stevens' comments were still ringing in the organization's ears as the Warriors prepared to board a plane en route to a five-game trip that tips off at Jackson's old home in Indiana.

"I just want him out of there now," Stevens was quoted as saying in the piece. "It doesn't matter where. At this stage, something has to be done. It can't get any worse."

But it can get better. Clearly, a lot depends on Jackson.

WARRIORS 146, TIMBERWOLVES 105: The Warriors were without both their starting centers. They were at an emotional low, coming off embarrassing losses to the Clippers and Kings. Their coach had just been ripped to shreds in an Internet article. And they were playing the second half of their first back-to-back of the season. Somehow, none of that mattered. Playing with an unselfishness and effort not seen in their five previous games, the Warriors recorded an NBA season high for points in a contest that, like their losses Friday and Sunday, was over just after halftime. Thirty-six assists and 22 steals -- they played well at both ends of the court.

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