Warriors hang on to edge KnicksJan 28, 2008 - 6:03 AM By Ryan Leong PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer
OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors made it interesting, but in the end they prevailed over the lowly New York Knicks.
Stephen Jackson scored 16 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter and Monta Ellis added had 24 points for the Warriors who outlasted the Knicks 106-104 on Sunday night.
"Things did not go extremely well, but we did enough to get a win," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "I didn't play the bench much at all in the second half. I thought to win the game, I'd have to stay with my starters - which I did."
Andris Biedrins pulled down a career-high 26 rebounds and added 11 points for the Warriors, who won their fourth in five games. Golden State is currently fighting for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
"I know my job on the team," Biedrins said. "My job is more on the defensive end, rebound the ball, block shots, and help my teammates. The last couple of games, we have kind of struggled with the rebounds - so I just came out today and was just thinking about rebounding the ball."
The Warriors were down by one after a 3-pointer by Jackson with 9:52 remaining in the fourth. Jamal Crawford would make two free throws but another three by Jackson gave the Warriors a one-point edge. Jackson nailed his third consecutive shot from the arc to give the Warriors a three-point lead with eight minutes to play.
"My teammates were keeping me positive," Jackson said. "Not getting down and start second guessing my shot. Just shoot them with confidence if they fall. My team relies on me to hit those open 3s and I have to hit them.
"I think (in) the second half, I got it going and was able to keep it going until the end of the game."
The Knicks tried desperately to heave shots from long distance to make it a one-point game but two free throws from Jackson seemingly sealed the victory for Golden State. But Nate Robinson had other ideas nailing a 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds to play and the Warriors' lead was just two.
Nelson called timeout to plan the last inbounds play and Baron Davis got the ball and ran out the final seconds for the win.
"That's the NBA, that's part of the game," Jackson said. "You're not going to (always) blow people out. Sometimes the worst team is going to have their best game against you, so you just have to find ways to win. At the end of the day, nobody's going to look at how poorly we shot, or some of the free throws we missed, or some of the bad plays we had. They're going to look at the final score and it's still a win."
"We had our chances to win it," Knicks coach Isaiah Thomas said. "We had good looks at a couple of open shots that just didn't go down. I thought Nate, Jamal, and Quentin (Richardson) all had good looks and I thought we played a good basketball game."
The Knicks started to pull away in the third quarter as Eddy Curry converted a three-point play and gave New York a 10-point lead. But the Warriors would answer on a fast break dunk by Monta Ellis.
The Warriors chipped away and tied the game late in the period but the Knicks would go ahead on a pair of free throws by Crawford and a dunk by David Lee. The Knicks got another slam by Curry but Davis got a quick outlet pass from Ellis for a 3-pointer off the glass at the buzzer as the Warriors trailed 79-76 after three quarters.
New York outscored Golden State in the paint 40-22 and 15-9 in second chance points to take a 52-47 lead at halftime.
Robinson had 22 points and Crawford scored 21 for the Knicks, who are the worst team in the Atlantic Division and have a tough challenge on this five game West Coast road trip.
"I'm a West Coast guy, so I'm kind of used to it," Robinson said. "But it's something we do every year, so it's not like guys don't know it's coming but it's basketball. It's something we love to do, and we've got to be ready."
New York has had a disappointing season but are showing signs of life in recent weeks having won five of its last eight games.
"We're rolling," Robinson said. "Unfortunately, we lost tonight, but as a team we feel good about ourselves and where we're at right now - so the sky's the limit for us."
Ellis scored six of the Warriors first seven points including a driving slam dunk. The Warriors were down by four points and like turning on a light switch, Golden State used a 17-2 run to lead by 11 points and the Knicks trailed 29-20 at the end of the first quarter.
NEW YORK 104
GOLDEN STATE 106 FINAL
Jan 27 11:34 PM
NEW YORK 79
GOLDEN STATE 76 END, 3RD QTR
Jan 27 10:55 PM
NEW YORK 52
GOLDEN STATE 47 HALFTIME
Jan 27 10:46 PM
NEW YORK 52
GOLDEN STATE 47 HALFTIME
Jan 27 10:09 PM
NEW YORK 20
GOLDEN STATE 29 END, 1ST QTR
Jan 27 9:42 PM
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