Golden State Warriors: Captain Jack Snaps Nine-Game Losing Streak at Staples Center
Two huge threes from Co-Captain Stephen Jackson in the last 39 seconds of the game ended a Warriors five-year road losing streak to the Lakers.
Jackson had 31 points, Monta Ellis also had 31 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who won for the 10th time in 14 games.
Baron Davis scored 18 points and Al Harrington added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors.
The Warriors completely dominated in the first half ending it with 72 points to the Lakers 49. With a 23 point lead at halftime, Golden state seemed bound to snap the losing streak early.
The 72 points matched the Warriors high for a half this season, and were the most allowed by the Lakers in a half.
However, this lead would not be Warriors like. The Warriors blew a 26-point lead in the second half. There were more turnovers by the Warriors than points scored. The Lakers outscored the Warriors 32-15 as Derek Fisher hit back-to-back threes igniting the crowd momentum in Staples Center.
A rough third quarter sequence seemed to bring back the horrors of the Staples Center to the Warriors. But there was a bright third quarter surprise to the Warriors, Kelenna Azibuke.
Azibuke served as Kobe Bryant's shadow as he successfully stopped Bryant's breathtaking offensive performance. In one moment during the third quarter, Kobe Bryant was contested enough by Azibuke that he shot an air ball.
Bryant went to the line only three times during the whole game as he constantly heard chants of "M-V-P".
Both teams used just eight players despite having to turn around and face each other again tonight at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Fourth quarter saw two ties as Bryant stole the highlight of the night dribbling past Davis and Jackson before making a spectacular no look pass to Ronny Turiaf for a slam.
Then came Jackson.
There has not been one player in this league that can be in a shooting slump a whole half and come back with two clutch threes to end a game like Stephen Jackson.
Captain Jack had not scored in the second half and with the Warriors holding a one point lead (109-108) with 39 seconds left, Jackson came out big swishing an uncontested three that put the Warriors up by four points.
Bryant answered with another three of his own bringing it back to a one point lead, before Captain Jack hit the GOLDEN three of the night to lift Golden State to a 115-111 win over the Lakers.
Golden State are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets and a game behind the heart-broken Dallas Mavericks.
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