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Golden State, get it done on the road

Warriors' Al Harrington, left, burned Ryan Gomes and the T'wolves for 25 points
Warriors' Al Harrington, left, burned Ryan Gomes and the T'wolves for 25 points AP

MINNEAPOLIS -- Al Harrington and the Golden State Warriors had the Minnesota Timberwolves pegged perfectly. They just needed a halftime gut check to get going.

Al Harrington scored 25 points, including 14 in the decisive third quarter, and the Warriors ran to an 111-98 victory on Wednesday night during another second-half fade by the fledgling Timberwolves.

"I played on a team like this before," said Harrington, comparing the 2004-05 Atlanta Hawks, who went 13-69, to the current group in Minnesota.

"When you're a young team, you come out with a lot of energy and start making shots," he said. "But when a veteran team decides to shut you down on defense, you lose your confidence, and that's what we had to do. Once we did that, I felt that we had a good chance at winning."

Monta Ellis added 24 points, and Stephen Jackson had 20 for Golden State, which has overcome an 0-6 start to jump back in the conference race.

Ellis hit his head on the court late in the game while falling after missing a contested fast-break layup, but he was OK.

After last season's late surge and upset of the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs, the Warriors have a higher standard.

They were mad about the 62-54 halftime deficit, even after closing the second quarter with a 10-4 run.

"Everybody had something to say," Harrington said. "For us to be the team we want to be, we can't lose these games. No disrespect to them, but they're the worst team in the league. We feel that we're one of the top 10 teams in the league."

Rashad McCants, reinserted in the starting lineup while Marko Jaric was home fighting the flu, had 23 points for Minnesota (3-21), which is off to the worst start in the franchise's 19 seasons.

Al Jefferson added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Gerald Green took advantage of the injuries and illnesses to score a season-high 18 points in a season-high 30 minutes.

The Wolves led by as many as 14 in the first half, before the Warriors -- who improved to 14-5 since Jackson's season-opening seven-game suspension ended -- stung them with a 37-17 third quarter. Jackson's fast-break layup gave Golden State the lead for good at 69-68, and for the first time since 21-20.

"The lads decided at halftime that they didn't want to lose this game tonight," Golden State coach Don Nelson said. "There was determination with the guys that were out there. It was just terrific."

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