Jackson's clutch 3-pointer stuns WarriorsNov 30, 2006 - 6:32 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Baron Davis was unable get any statistical credit for his 10th assist.
Davis' decision to tap out a rebound backfired and Stephen Jackson buried the go-ahead 3-pointer with one second remaining as the Golden State Warriors endured a 108-106 setback to the Indiana Pacers.
Al Harrington scored 28 points - including six 3-pointers - and Jamaal Tinsley added 23, eight assists and four steals for the Pacers, who improved to 2-1 on their six-game road trip.
"That's what you don't want, is a ball to get tipped out and somebody to get a wide open look like that," Davis said.
"It felt good to hit a big shot," Jackson said. "We needed to win this game on this road trip, and this is a game we definitely needed to turn this thing around and I was happy I was just able to hit the shot."
With the Warriors leading 106-105, Davis missed a fallaway jumper with 10 seconds left. Tinsley corralled the rebound and raced to the other end since the Pacers did not have a timeout and found Danny Granger, who missed the 3-pointer from the left wing.
Davis, who handed out nine assists, knocked the ball to a wide-open Jackson, who drilled the shot from the arc.
"I was trying to tip the ball to a teammate," Davis explained. "I figured a teammate was hovering around the free-throw area because I wasn't able to pull the rebound down. I had Al Harrington down there and was fighting him, so I got to the ball a little quicker than he did.
"He was bigger, so I tried to tip it to a teammate hoping that it was a teammate lurking around in that area. Once I saw the ball in Stephen Jackson's hands, I just prayed that he would miss."
Following a timeout, Davis failed to handle Mike Dunleavy's inbounds pass as time expired.
Monta Ellis scored 27 points and Davis - who missed the last three games due to a strained right rib muscle - finished with 24 and nine rebounds for the Warriors, who committed 19 turnovers.
Warriors coach Don Nelson entered the contest with 1,199 career wins. He remained one victory shy of joining Lenny Wilkens (1,332) as the second NBA coach to have at least 1,200.
Golden State appeared to have its third straight victory wrapped up when Davis made a tough fadeaway jumper with 40 seconds to go for a 106-102 edge. But Harrington nailed a 3-pointer six ticks later, setting the stage for Jackson.
"Well, the force must have been with (the Pacers) tonight," Nelson said. "They made two threes in the last 34 seconds, which is extremely hard to do."
"When you're up four points with 40 seconds, it's tough," Davis said. "Games like that we're supposed to pull out and we're supposed to get that one big stop. We're just one big stop away from closing the game out and this one definitely hurts."
The Warriors also fell victim to some controversy that cost them two points in the fourth quarter.
With 10:18 left, Dunleavy had his layup blocked by Granger after the ball hit the backboard and O'Neal got a wide-open dunk on the other end to forge an 85-85 tie. Dunleavy questioned the officials about a goaltending violation but did not receive the answer for which he was hoping.
"We really got hurt when we didn't get the goaltending call in the fourth quarter, which turned into a four-point swing," Nelson said.
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