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Jackson, Warriors end Hornets' nine-game winning streak

Jan 31, 2008 - 4:56 AM NEW ORLEANS (Ticker) -- Stephen Jackson and the Golden State Warriors are used to taking down the top team in the West.

Jackson scored 26 points and Baron Davis added 23 and nine assists as the Warriors stopped the New Orleans Hornets' nine-game winning streak with Wednesday's 116-103 victory.

Matt Barnes netted 17 points and Monta Ellis contributed 16, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors, who shot a blistering 52 percent (45-of-86) from the floor.

"That was a really good executed basketball game I think on both squads," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "This is the way pros should play. We were a little bit better team."

As one of the hottest teams in the league, New Orleans entered the game atop the Western Conference standings but became another victim to Golden State's small-ball offense.

"We had a great month, and this is one loss," said Hornets center Tyson Chandler, who had 11 points and 14 boards. "We have to bounce back and start another winning streak."

Last spring, the Warriors used their speed and 3-point ability to upset the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

In this one, David West split a pair of free throws and scored on a layup to help the Hornets close within 92-88 with 11:30 left in the fourth quarter.

But Golden State went on an impressive 13-4 run that was capped by Jackson's 19-foot jumper at the 5:39 mark to create a 105-92 cushion.

Nelson claimed the approach for this game was different than others.

"We had a totally different game plan," Nelson said. "I think the longer the game and the better we executed it. We kept getting better at it, better at it. Of course, offensively we were very good. We made threes and taking the advantage that we have in the post."

Warriors forward Al Harrington thought Nelson's approach was just what the club needed.

"(The) game plan was perfect," Harrington said. "They played a lot of half court it felt like we were playing an East Coast team. They walked it up and posted every time, so it took a lot of the other guys out of the game, guys that get transition baskets."

Jannero Pargo's 3-pointer cut New Orleans' deficit to 10 points just seconds later, but Golden State reeled off nine straight points - highlighted by Davis' long 3-pointer in front of the Hornets' bench.

Chris Paul collected 28 points and 12 assists to lead three others with double-doubles for the Hornets, who struggled with just 18 points in the fourth.

"I just didn't think our energy was that great," New Orleans coach Byron Scott said. "We hadn't played that way in a long time and we just didn't come out with the usual level of intensity and energy we normally have."

Despite the loss, the Hornets ended January tying a franchise-best record of 12 wins.

"I guess it's an accomplishment," West said. "We felt like we wanted to finish it up at home the right way, and we didn't. We will take 12 wins in a month. We just have to go back on the road and try to get back on track."








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