Warriors Weekly (Dec. 15): Lots of big-time scorers
FOUR GET 30-PLUS: This season, the Warriors have seen high-scoring performances from a number of different individuals...In fact, four players have scored 30-or-more points in a game...Phoenix is the only other team in the NBA to achieve the task, with five players who have scored 30-plus points...Matt Barnes (32, vs. Sacramento 12/12), Andris Biedrins (31, at Denver 11/24), Baron Davis (36, two times, last vs. Sacramento 11/16) and Monta Ellis (31, two times, last vs. Phoenix 11/20) have all toped the 30-point plateau this season...It marks the first the Warriors have accomplished the feat since the 2003-04 season when Brian Cardinal, Mike Dunleavy, Jason Richardson and Clifford Robinson reached the 30-point plateau.
NELLIE GETS WIN NUMBER 1,200: With the 101-80 victory over the Hornets last Saturday (12/9), Don Nelson became just the second coach in NBA history to win 1,200 games in their coaching career (Lenny Wilkens, 1,332)...Nelson entered the 2006-07 season with a career record of 1,190-880 (.575).
HIT THE ROAD JACK: Following tonight's home game vs. Houston at ORACLE Arena (which will be Golden State's 16th home game out of 23 total), the Warriors will hit the road for a six-game road trip that begins on Friday with a back-to-back contest at Phoenix before heading East for games at Toronto, New Jersey, Boston, Orlando and Miami…By the time they return, the Warriors will have played 16 home games and 13 road games on the year.
BARON BEING BARON: On Tuesday vs. Sacramento, Baron Davis posted his third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 assists to go along with four steals in a Warriors victory...Baron had team-highs with 28 points, nine rebounds, 13 assists and 40 minutes at Seattle (12/10)...The previous night he finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, and a team-high 10 assists in 37 minutes vs. NOK (12/9) -- narrowly missing a triple-double by one rebound on consecutive nights...Over his last 15 games played, Davis is averaging 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 2.20 steals in 35.9 minutes....During that 15 game stretch, Davis has led the team in scoring seven times, assists 13 times and rebounds twice...Overall this season, Davis is averaging 19.7points, 4.4 rebounds, 8.4 assists (6th in NBA) and 2.06 steals (7th in NBA).
BARNES CONTINUES TO IMPRESS: Matt Barnes made the Warriors roster as a training camp invitee and is averaging 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 20 games (five starts) this season…He is currently shooting 53.3% (65-122 FG) from the field and 50.0% (24-48 3FG) from long range, which ranks 7th in the NBA...Over his last nine games, Barnes is averaging 15.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 30.3 minutes...Had a career-night on 12/12 vs. his hometown Sacramento Kings, notching a careeer-high 32 points including 13 field-goals (13-22 FG) and six three-point field-goals (6-9 3FG), a careeer-high 11 rebounds and three assists...It marked his first double-double of the season and third of his career.
BIEDRINS CAN’T MISS: Andris Biedrins had 20 points and was perfect from both the field (7-7 FG) and from the line (6-6) vs. Sacramento on 12/12...In fact, he became the first Warrior since Chris Mullin on 1/18/96 vs. MIL to score at least 20 points withut missing a shot (8-8 FG, 2-2 FT, 2-2 3FG)…Andris currently ranks second in in the NBA in field goal percentage, shooting 65.6% (107-163 FG) for the season...In 2005-06, his shooting percentage (.638, 118-185 FG) was tops among all NBA players with 150-or-more shot attempts...In fact, according to Elias Sports Bureau, Andris finished the season with the sixth highest field goal percentage in NBA history among all players who have tried a minimum of 150 shot attempts in a season.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES: 20-year-old Andris Biedrins and 21-year-old Monta Ellis have played well beyond their years thus far in 2006-07...Andris Biedrins is averaging 11.5 points, 9.7 rebounds (11th in NBA), 1.3 assists and 2.27 blocks (5th in NBA) in 30.0 minutes per game, while shooting 65.6% FG (2nd in NBA)...Meanwhile, Monta Ellis is averaging 17.5 points, 4.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.27 steals in 34.1 minutes, while shooting 47.9% FG from the field.
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