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News » Harrington hot against his ex-teammates

Harrington hot against his ex-teammates

Harrington hot against his ex-teammates
NEW YORK Warriors forward Al Harrington said he had this date marked the moment he got traded to the New York Knicks.

His controversial clashing with coach Don Nelson led to his eventual departure from the Warriors, who traded him for guard Jamal Crawford on Nov. 21. But he couldn't completely move on with the reunion date looming so close.

Saturday, it happened, and Harrington showed up.

"I dreamed up 60, 30 rebounds, 15 assists," Harrington said with a smile.

He wasn't that far off. Harrington had 36 points and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes as his Knicks took down his former Warriors 138-125 at Madison Square Garden. Harrington played like the versatile weapon he always claimed to be. He knocked down 5-of-7 from 3-point range, grabbed four offensive rebounds and had a handful of dunks. He was playing up to the crowd and chest-bumping with his teammates.

Little question remained about whether he is happy with the move.

"It was a little emotional," said Harrington, whose trade to the Warriors from Indiana along with Stephen Jackson in January of 2007 helped turn Golden State's franchise around. "But at the same time, I was having fun out there. It wasn't one of those heated type of rivalry games. It was fun playing against those guys."

Crawford, the other piece in that trade, was also making his first appearance against his former team. He received a warm reception from the Knicks crowd, which cheered his name during the announcement of the starting lineups.

During a timeout, the team played a video tribute to Crawford it had prepared, featuring highlights of some of the big shots he hit as a Knick. The clip was followed by a mild standing ovation.

"I didn't get a chance to see," Crawford said. "Coach was (drawing up schemes) in the timeout. I'm thankful for what they did. That was very classy by the organization."

Crawford's performance wasn't as resoundingly positive as Harrington's. Crawford continued his shooting struggles, going 6-for-20 from the field, including 2-for-7 from 3-point range. But he had 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals, a turnover and a block. He also almost single-handedly got the Warriors back into the game with 11 consecutive points in the fourth quarter.

Off glass

Second-year guard Marco Belinelli made his first career start Saturday in place of injured swingman Jackson. He was yanked early in the first quarter for poor defense after failing to adequately contest a shooter. He totaled just shy of eight minutes, scoring three points on two shots. ?... For the first time this season, the Warriors scored 30 or more points in each of the first two quarters. Their 64 points in the first half was just three shy of their season high, set Wednesday at Boston.

Marcus Thompson II

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Added: November 30, 2008


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