Ellis leads Warriors past TimberwolvesMar 17, 2007 - 7:53 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- When the Golden State Warriors needed to maintain playoff positioning, they looked to reserve Monta Ellis.
Ellis scored 24 and Baron Davis added 15 as the Warriors posted a 106-86 blowout victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have dropped their last nine road games.
Stephen Jackson had 15 points and Jason Richardson added 14 and seven rebounds for Golden State (31-36), which tied the Los Angeles Clippers (30-35) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers were winners earlier Friday, posting a 103-92 victory at Charlotte.
"We're trying to make this playoff push and every time we step up our defense we win games," Ellis said. "We're just trying to do whatever it takes to win ball games."
Ellis was 11-of-18 from the floor for the Warriors, who have won four straight, five of six, and nine of their last 11 here.
"We are just playing at a high level," Davis said. "The main thing is, you see the team camaraderie, you see that support for one another, and that's translating on the defensive end."
Fellow reserve Mikael Pietrus had 13 points, all in the second quarter, when the Warriors turned a four-point advantage entering the period into a 56-43 halftime advantage. Pietrus was 3-of-3 from the arc.
"I was very pleased with the defense tonight," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We had very active hands, putting our hands on the ball 37 times. I thought we were sharp in our double-teams, especially when we changed the timing of them."
Rookie Randy Foye scored 20 points, converting all 14 of his free throws, and All-Star Kevin Garnett added 19 and 13 rebounds for the Wolves, who fell 1 1/2 games behind the Warriors and the Clippers.
"It was a really tough loss," Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett said. "In order for us to get that eighth spot, we're going to have to beat this team, bar none."
Minnesota was also done in by 24 turnovers, which Golden State turned into 20 fast-break points.
"The Warriors initiate points off turnovers," Timberwolves coach Randy Wittman said. "They lead the league in fast-break points as it is, if you don't turn it over you can contain that number a little bit. But when give them 24 turnovers they are going to convert those."
GOLDEN STATE 106 FINAL
Mar 17 12:58 AM
GOLDEN STATE 85 END, 3RD QTR
Mar 17 12:26 AM
GOLDEN STATE 56 HALFTIME
Mar 16 11:41 PM
GOLDEN STATE 25 END, 1ST QTR
Mar 16 11:11 PM
- Warriors-Thunder Preview May 23
- Draymond, Westbrook swap barbs over fouls, kicks May 23
- Warriors' Green could face discipline after flagrant foul May 23
- Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder in blowout win over Warriors May 23
- Warriors-Thunder Preview May 21
- Warriors' big men must come up big in Game 3 against Thunder May 21
- Donovan, Kerr took very different paths to NBA coaching May 21
- Timberwolves will not retain Newton, Kander May 20
- Thunder will try to bounce back after big loss to Warriors May 20
- Column: Savor our version of Magic-Bird - Curry vs LeBron May 20
- Stephen Curry's sore right elbow not limiting him on court May 20
- Gary Payton unimpressed by Stephen Curry's unanimous MVP May 20