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Warriors no longer last winless team

OAKLAND -- The NBA's most exciting team of the spring is no longer the most depressing club of the fall.

After waiting longer than any other team, the Golden State Warriors finally cracked the win column Friday night -- and they think a few more victories are on the way now that their whole roster finally is back together.

Andris Biedrins had 23 points and a career-best 18 rebounds, Al Harrington scored 27 points and the Warriors rolled to a 122-105 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

Baron Davis had 21 points, 12 assists and a career-high five blocked shots for the Warriors, who were the NBA's only winless team left. Golden State lost its first six, including three straight narrow defeats at home, while playing without suspended swingman Stephen Jackson.

"It doesn't matter what anyone says -- we had a monkey on our back," said Matt Barnes, who had 17 points and a career-high eight assists. "It was tough, especially the way we finished last year. I think this will lead to better things for us now."

With Biedrins' strong inside play and a zone defense that forced the Clippers into lazy outside shots, the Warriors won their final game without Jackson, who got a seven-game suspension for legal trouble back in Indiana.

The co-captain will rejoin the club for Sunday's game at Toronto in the start of a five-game road trip.

"It's a great feeling, and now this will be a nice flight (Saturday)," said Harrington, who has three straight 20-point games. "Now we get Captain Jack back, and hopefully start to make some noise."

Tim Thomas scored 25 points and Chris Kaman had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who seemingly took nearly every shot from the paint or the 3-point line in their fourth straight loss at Oracle Arena.

Los Angeles launched 29 3-pointers, more than in any game this season or last, and just three off the 1997 franchise record of 32 attempts.

"They were more hungry for a win tonight," Thomas said. "They did everything possible. They wanted it more."

Golden State rolled off a late 13-5 run led by Davis, who drove for an acrobatic layup before feeding Monta Ellis for a dunk with 1:35 left, putting Golden State up 118-101.

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