Jackson paces Warriors past Jazz
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, and Golden
State continued its push for the playoffs with a 126-102 rout of the Utah
Baron Davis had 19 points and eight assists for the Warriors, who moved into a
virtual tie with the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth and final postseason
spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers lost at Dallas Monday night.
Golden State has just four games left in the regular season, while LA has six.
Monta Ellis and Matt Barnes each added 16 points, while Al Harrington
contributed 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, who at 38-40 are
trying to end 12 straight years of a losing record. The team hasn’t been to
the playoffs since 1994.
Golden State won for the fifth time in six games.
Ronnie Brewer had 21 points for the Jazz, who have lost four in a row, but
remain entrenched in the fourth position in the West as the Northwest Division
champions. However, the Jazz are now a half-game behind Houston for the
fourth-best record in the conference.
Utah held a 27-26 edge after the opening quarter and were ahead 35-28 in the
second when it fell apart. The Warriors embarked on a 25-4 spurt, capped
by an Ellis driving layup for a 53-39 lead with 3:37 left in the half.
Davis’ three at the end of the half widened the margin to 63-47 and the
Warriors coasted in the final 24 minutes. A Barnes shot from beyond the arc
widened the lead to 96-71 late in the third, and it was 99-75 going into the
Golden State led by as many as 32, at 111-79 on a Jackson jumper with 8:15
Jason Richardson had 11 points for the Warriors, who shot 55.3 percent from
the field, including 11-of-21 from three-point range…Utah was limited to
40.2 percent shooting.