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Los Angeles at Golden State

Maggette scores 20 against former mates; Warriors halt short slide

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Corey Maggette simply took pleasure in winning, whether it came against his former team or not.

Maggette scored 20 points as the Golden State Warriors ended a two-game slide Sunday night with a 107-92 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers.

"It's just special to get a win," said Maggette, who played for the Warriors the past eight seasons. "I know they were undermanned over there and we just wanted to go out there and get us a win."

Anthony Morrow added 17 points and Kelenna Azubuike had 16 points for the Warriors, who beat the Clippers for the fifth consecutive time. Andris Biedrins had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

"Just coming off the bench trying to give the team a lift, that's my job right now," Maggette said. "The last couple of games, our team has played really well and came up short in a matter of seconds so its just good to get a win."

Eric Gordon scored 21 points for the Clippers, who lost their seventh straight on the road and 15th in 17 games overall. Al Thornton added 17 points and Ricky Davis had 15. Rookie center DeAndre Jordan grabbed a season-best 20 rebounds to go with eight points.

"It was just tough for everybody," Gordon said. "We were so short-handed and it's just tough."

The Warriors led 55-44 at the half and took a 20-point lead -- 84-64 -- into the final quarter.

"I don't even know when the last time we played them healthy," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "That's a part of it. Their guys have played good games."

Monta Ellis, in his second game of the season, hit a 3-pointer to spark a 23-5 run to end the first quarter, reversing an eight-point deficit. The Warriors eventually built an 18-point lead on Ronnie Turiaf's dunk midway into the second quarter.

"The Clippers are depleted, so I don't know how much you can make of this game," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "We played better in games we lost, but a win is good to have at any time."

Ellis scored 20 points in his first action of the season Friday against the Cavs. He has been out since suffering an ankle injury in a motorized scooter accident last August.

"It's great to have him back," Maggette said. "He adds a totally different dimension to our team, with his speed and how he attacks the basket."

After back-to-back losses, Golden State had to enjoy its laugher. Turiaf stopped Thornton from dunking midway through the final period with a spectacular block that earned high-fives from his teammates.

"We don't have many of these games this year," Nelson said. "This was a nice one to have."

The Warriors dropped each of their previous two games in the closing seconds. LeBron James' 19-footer beat the buzzer to give Cleveland a 106-105 victory, two days after Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jeff Green hit a banked shot at the buzzer, handing the Warriors a 122-121 setback.

Gordon set a franchise record for rookies with 41 points in the Clippers' previous game.

Notes

  • The Warriors signed F Jermareo Davidson for the rest of the season.
  • Clippers G Baron Davis missed the game, his 13th, with a bruised tailbone; the first opportunity Davis had in returning to Golden State since he opted out of his contract.
  • Warriors G Jamal Crawford missed his second game with a bruised right hamstring.
  • Ellis scored 10 points in 22 minutes.
  • Clippers F Steve Novak had 13 points and a career-high eight rebounds.
  • The Clippers had a season-high 27 assists.
  • The Warriors finished the homestand 4-3, with the three losses by a combined total of four points.
  • The Warriors have won six consecutive home games against the Clippers, outscoring them by an average of 12.5 points.
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Corey Maggette reminds his former team what it's missing, going 7-for-8 from the field.  (AP)
Corey Maggette reminds his former team what it's missing, going 7-for-8 from the field. (AP)

Scoreboard
L.A. Clippers (10-33) 1826202892
Golden State (14-31) «28272923107
LAC:E. Gordon 21 Pts
LAC:D. Jordan 20 Reb
LAC:R. Davis 7 Ast
GS:C. Maggette 20 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 14 Reb
GS:S. Jackson 6 Ast
Players of the Game
Golden StateLos Angeles

C. Maggette

D. Jordan
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20618201
Los Angeles
D. Jordan, C413-82-720138
A. Thornton, SF396-185-773417
E. Gordon, SG396-177-825121
F. Jones, SG363-71-12608
R. Davis, SG356-161-127315
S. Novak, SF235-90-081313
J. Hart, PG172-60-04424
C. Samb, C102-62-32006
M. Camby, CDid Not Play
B. Skinner, PFDid Not Play
B. Davis, PGDid Not Play
Z. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
C. Kaman, CDid Not Play
M. Collins, PGDid Not Play
M. Taylor, PGDid Not Play
Totals 33-8718-2747271692
 37.9%66.7% 
Golden State
A. Morrow, SG396-152-334417
K. Azubuike, SF335-95-696316
S. Jackson, SG313-141-27609
A. Biedrins, C266-80-0141212
M. Ellis, SG224-111-233310
C. Maggette, SF237-86-861220
C. Watson, PG223-52-22319
R. Turiaf, PF183-50-02236
A. Randolph, SF132-50-00114
R. Kurz, SF50-00-01010
M. Williams, PG40-10-02010
J. Davidson, PF42-30-00014
J. Crawford, SGDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
B. Wright, SFDid Not Play
Totals 41-8417-23492722107
 48.8%73.9% 
Other Games
Dal 100 Final
Bos 124
SA 85 Final
LAL 99
Pho 104 Final
Atl 99
Sac 97 Final
Tor 113
Hou 108 Final
Det 105
Char 93 Final
Ind 98
Chi 108 Final
Min 109
Utah 97 Final
Den 117