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News » Monta Ellis leads Golden State Warriors past Pacers

Monta Ellis leads Golden State Warriors past Pacers

Monta Ellis leads Golden State Warriors past Pacers The Warriors have been looking for someone to step into the role as guard Monta Ellis' sidekick. Monday, Ellis didn't need one.

The fifth-year guard set a career high with 45 points, leading the Warriors to a 126-107 come-from-behind win over the Indiana Pacers. Ellis fouled out with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter, but the damage was already done.

Ellis played 42 minutes and was 15 of 27 from the field to go with five rebounds, five steals, one assist and seven turnovers. It was the most points by a Warrior since Jamal Crawford scored 50 at Charlotte on Dec. 20.

"There are a lot of nights I'm going to have 45," Ellis said. "There are a lot of nights I will have 50. ... I was born to do that. That's not impressive to me. I've been doing that all my life. Check my r?sum?."

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Ellis also defended Pacers All-Star small forward Danny Granger who is 6-8, 228 pounds for much of the second half. Granger, who had averaged more than 38 points against the Warriors in the previous three meetings, finished with 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He had 15 in the second half.

Ellis said he was more impressed with how his team played the final six minutes without him than he was with his own performance. Forward Corey Maggette picked up the scoring slack when Ellis fouled out on a questionable offensive foul call. Maggette scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and finished with 14 points, six assists and six rebounds.

C.J. Watson had 18 points, six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes, the most he's played since returning from swine flu.

The Warriors (6-10) snapped a two-game losing streak, rebounding from a 33-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

"It's unbelievable," second-year forward Anthony Randolph said of Ellis' performance. "He's been carrying us these last (six) games. Just to be able to sit over there and watch what he does is kind of unbelievable. For a guy his size, too."

The Warriors probably would have been run out of the gym early if not for Ellis. He had 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting after the first 12 minutes. Still, the Warriors trailed 33-25 entering the second quarter.

Golden State faced a 14-point deficit after the Pacers opened the second quarter with a 6-0 run. Despite committing six turnovers in the first six-plus minutes of the quarter, the Warriors cut the deficit to 42-41 with 4:59 left in the half after a 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow, who finished with 18 points.

But before the Warriors could seize the lead, they fell apart again. They missed six of their final nine shots of the half and turned the ball over three more times. Golden State trailed 57-51 at the half.

Considering their struggles in the third quarter this season, the game could have gotten away from the Warriors . Instead, the Warriors came roaring back.

The Warriors , outscored by an average of 10.8 points in the third quarter in their 10 losses, closed the quarter with a run to tighten the game.

Morrow nailed a 3-pointer, then followed with a pull-up jumper on a fast break to cap a 20-9 run to close the third quarter. Golden State led 85-83 entering the fourth quarter.

The momentum carried into the fourth quarter. Actually, Ellis brought it with him. He scored seven points in a span of 63 seconds a 3-pointer, a long jumper and then a fast-break layup to surpass his previous career high of 42, which he tied at San Antonio on Wednesday.

The Warriors led 92-83 and never looked back, making 14 of 18 field goals in the fourth quarter.

"I see it every day," Watson said of Ellis. "I have to guard him sometimes. It doesn't surprise me."

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