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Jackson comes to Golden State's rescue

LOS ANGELES -- Just when it appeared the Los Angeles Lakers were going to successfully rally from a 26-point deficit, the Golden State Warriors turned to Stephen Jackson. Smart move.

Jackson scored six of his 31 points on two 3-pointers in the final 38½ seconds, and the Warriors beat the Lakers 115-111 Sunday night.

Jackson's first 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 112-108 lead.

After Kobe Bryant's 3-pointer with 30.5 seconds left drew the Lakers within one, Jackson connected from the top of the key with 8.1 seconds left to put away the game.

"He has made big shots for us all year," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "I don't know how he does it. We put him in a good position where he was open."

Bryant made two 3-pointers in the last 56.4 seconds, drawing the Lakers within one each time. But Jackson responded on both occasions.

"I hated that it came down to that," Jackson said. "We got a little too complacent with that lead. We should have known Kobe was going to come back and take over and bring his team back.

"The biggest thing was in the third quarter we walked the ball up and they ran. And we got the lead by running. But we found a way to win. That shows the growth of this team from last year. It was ugly, but it was still a win."

Monta Ellis also had 31 points along with seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who won for the 10th time in 14 games. Baron Davis scored 18 points, and Al Harrington had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Golden State (43-26), which remained 1½ games ahead of Denver in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

The win was the second in a row for the Warriors over the Lakers after a nine-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.

Bryant scored 16 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter and had a season-high 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Lakers (48-22), who had their three-game winning streak snapped and fell percentage points behind the Western Conference-leading New Orleans Hornets.

Lamar Odom had 19 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Ronny Turiaf and Derek Fisher scored 16 each for Los Angeles.

Lakers center Pau Gasol missed his fifth consecutive game because of a sprained left ankle and won't play tonight when the teams meet again in Oakland.

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