NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Golden State
(Thursday, January 24th)
Final Score: Golden State 121, New Jersey 119
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Monta Ellis scored a career-high 39 points and Al Harrington couldn't miss during an overwhelming burst early in the fourth, as Golden State survived New Jersey, 121-119, in a battle of fourth-quarter bursts at ORACLE Arena.
Harrington scored 19 off the bench and Baron Davis posted his second triple- double of the season with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Stephen Jackson donated 13 points and Matt Barnes had 12 for the Warriors, who have split the first two games of the homestand.
"Free throw shooting won this game for us tonight," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "Engery was good and we just barely had enough."
Richard Jefferson poured in 34 points, Vince Carter added 29 points and Josh Boone notched a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Nets, losers in seven straight for the first time since November 2004.
"There are no positives for just staying in the game," Boone said. "We beat the Warriors the last time we played them. We have not been playing as good as basketball as we have, but tonight we showed a lot of fight and a lot of heart. If we made a couple more plays, we could have won."
Nelson implored a fouling strategy on Boone, and the UConn product made 7-of-15 from the charity stripe.
Harrington and his Golden State teammates could do no wrong in the fourth stanza, shooting in rhythm and flying all over the floor on the defensive end. Harrington opened the fourth with a trey, and after two Jefferson free throws and a Sean Williams hook, the Warriors didn't miss for some time.
At least it seemed like it during a 22-0 stretch that began with a Davis three and followed with eight points bookended by threes from Harrington. Later in the stretch, Davis made back-to-back layups and Harrington drained a three to lift the crowd to its feet and give the Warriors a 107-94 lead.
However, New Jersey had its own colossal run in store. The Nets embarked on a 20-4 burst to seize the lead. After Ellis made a jumper for a 109-98 lead, Antoine Wright and Kidd made back-to-back threes and Jefferson scored five in a row to tie the game at 109-109 with 2:24 left.
After two Ellis free throws, Wright made a trey and Boone tipped in Carter's miss for a 114-111 lead with 1:23 to play. Davis cut the deficit to one with an acrobatic layup then Ellis made a pair of free throws to post the Warriors to a 115-114 edge.
Davis made another layup with 25.5 to go, but Carter answered with two free throws. Ellis again made it a three-point game with two free throws, but New Jersey had one last chance to tie.
Carter held the ball around the top of the circle, but drove to just above the free throw line instead of taking the three. He tried to draw contact, but he missed the shot and the whistle didn't blow, all but ending hope of a comeback.
Golden State led 33-26 after one stanza, but New Jersey cut the deficit to 53-52 at the half.
Davis' triple-double was the eighth of his career...Wright scored 13 points in the loss...Andris Biedrins added six points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors...Golden State made 27-of-31 from the charity stripe...New Jersey held a 60-41 edge on the backboards, including a 23-7 victory on the offensive glass...The Nets have lost three straight at Golden State...The Warriors have won 12 of their last 16 home games...Attendance was 19,596.
01/25 02:38:16 ET