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News » Two in a row counts as a streak

Two in a row counts as a streak

Two in a row counts as a streak
Light-hearted fun is guaranteed after a Golden State win.

After two straight wins?

"Break up the Warriors," coach Don Nelson laughed.

A Warriors team that was sinking badly just weeks ago is slowly morphing into a confident - and somewhat comedic - troupe after Monday's 119-98 win over the Wizards made for a rare winning streak.

Not since early December had the Warriors recorded back-to-back victories.

Not once all season have they won three in a row, which they'll try to do against the Thunder on Wednesday.

Asked, then, if his team was feeling the heat to keep its momentum going, Nelson grabbed at his throat and pretended to choke.

"Pressure's on, right?," said Jamal Crawford, who had a game-high 28 points.

The Warriors' shooting certainly is. After outgunning the Hawks in Friday's upset win, Golden State topped a Wizards squad that has likewise been depleted by injury.

Starters Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood were among four players out for Washington, and though Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Andray Blatche each scored 22 points, it wasn't nearly enough firepower to match the Warriors.

Golden State's three-point attack, long a staple of coach Nelson's run-and-gun offense, was a weapon again as the Warriors hit a season-high 13 threes in 21 attempts.

Crawford led the onslaught with four threes while Anthony Morrow, Kelenna Azubuike and Stephen Jackson each added three apiece. Corey Maggette, who hit his last four shots against the Hawks, sank his first five against the Wizards.

"I talked to a little magician, and he told me to rub the ball before the game," Maggette quipped.

Golden State even won the rebounding battle 41-38 for the second straight game.

The Warriors never trailed after the first quarter - in which Jackson scored 12 of his 26 points - in Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday matinee, marking their first winning streak since they beat the Thunder and Bucks back on Dec. 8 and 10.

Two straight wins coupled with the looming return of Monta Ellis make for a glowing start to the second half of the season - and some much-needed momentum.

"You can use any word you want, but I think our team is just coming together," said Maggette, who had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists in his second straight game off the bench. "We're finally coming together and playing the right way."

"We need to get some kind of feel-good about ourselves - we've been through so much," Jackson added. "Nobody should feel like our job is done, that's not even close, but we need some positive-ness around us and some feel-good to continue this winning streak."

NUMBERS GAME Times the Warriors have won two straight this seasonPoints Corey Maggette is averaging in four games off the benchTotal playing time for Jamal Crawford in the last four games, an average of nearly 50 minutes an outing" "Nobody should feel like our job is done, that's not even close, but we need some positive-ness around us and some feel-good to continue this winning streak." "

Stephen Jackson

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