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News » Ellis' teammates provide impetus for win in Jersey

Ellis' teammates provide impetus for win in Jersey

Ellis' teammates provide impetus for win in JerseyThe Warriors on Wednesday night found an answer to the riddle that has perplexed them since the Stephen Jackson trade Nov. 16:

Who is going to help Monta Ellis? The answer was surprisingly simple: everybody.

The Warriors got at least nine points from seven players, outrebounded an opponent for the first time in eight games and had 17 steals in a 105-89 win over New Jersey at the Izod Center.

It didn't hurt that the Warriors were playing the Nets 2-20 - the worst team in the league on the back end of back-to-back games - but New Jersey still made a late push. A Chris Douglas-Roberts dunk with 6:35 remaining cut a 20-point third-quarter deficit to 90-85.

Mikki Moore danced back down the court and shouted approval toward his bench after firing a pass for an Ellis layup two possessions later. That passion appeared to re-energize his teammates as they finished the game on a 15-4 run.

"They call me loudmouth," Moore joked.

"He's loud early, and he's loud often, and that helps this team," acting head coach Keith Smart said.

On a night when Ellis didn't have his normal scoring touch, his teammates filled the void down the stretch. Moore scored eight of his season-high 16 points in the final 6 1/2 minutes, and C.J. Watson had two of his five steals.

"That's exactly what we need," Smart said. "Practice was all about moving the ball to the next player and letting someone else play. I'll always call a play for the best players to get them back in the game, but you've got to allow the other players to play in order to allow yourself to be good."

Ellis has been on a tear since the Jackson trade, averaging 29.1 points, 5.3 assists and 2.8 steals in 43.4 minutes a game. When Ellis missed his first nine shots and didn't connect until the 3:01 mark of the second quarter Wednesday, it became clear that his tear was headed for a hiccup.

"On some nights, it's going to be like this," Ellis said. "There are going to be nights when a guy who usually has it going is not going. Someone is going to have to step up and do a little more."

Ellis shot 7-for-20, but he had eight assists and four steals. Watson tied with Ellis for a team-high 18 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and Corey Maggette had 13 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Randolph rushed back from a family emergency in Arkansas to go for 11 points and nine rebounds, and Vladimir Radmanovic had nine points and nine rebounds.

"This was a great showing of the talent we have if we can just stay together, grind it out and play hard," Ellis said.

"We can't just rely on Monta to score 50 points every night," Moore said. "There's going to be too much wear and tear on him, and by the All-Star break, he's going to be damn near handicapped."

The Warriors already led the league in causing turnovers and converting the blunders into points, but they took it to another level against New Jersey. They had 13 steals by halftime, and they scored 20 points off turnovers and 28 off fast breaks.

"Their game is pressuring and fast breaks," New Jersey interim head coach Kiki Vandeweghe said. "When you don't have the energy you would like to back cut or keep moving and put the pressure back on them, it becomes a very difficult game."

-- Watson has had his two best games of the season in this region, scoring 19 against the Knicks on Nov. 13 and 18 against New Jersey on Wednesday.

"I just like playing in New York," Watson said. "It's the Mecca of Basketball."

Up next at Bulls 7-135 p.m. FridayCSNBA/1050The Bulls have lost nine of their last 10 games, but they have beaten the in seven of their last eight meetings in Chicago.- Rusty SimmonsUp next Opening tip: Asked how he motivated his players for an opponent that entered Wednesday's game with a 2-19 record, Warriors acting head coach Keith Smart said, "We're not playing a 2-19 team. We're playing a team that has won two of its last three."

- Rusty Simmons

Up next A jam combo Monta Ellis found Mikki Moore four times for dunks in the Warriors' 105-89 win at New Jersey on Wednesday night, forming a combination that hasn't connected very often this season.

"The difference was, I didn't drop any of his passes tonight," Moore said.

"I thought he was playing by himself with the way he was dunking the ball," Ellis said.

Moore picked a nice night to score a season-high 16 points on 8-for-12 shooting. The 12th-year center was making somewhat of a homecoming to New Jersey, where he experienced the season of his career in 2006-07.

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