Golden State’s newest players finally experienced their first win with the club. They have a guy who’s been there all season to thank.
The Warriors (20-23) will try to build off their most recent victory and win consecutive games for the first time in almost a month as they host the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday.
Second-year guard Monta Ellis hit a 17-footer at the buzzer Wednesday to give Golden State a 110-109 win over New Jersey. The victory ended a three-game skid and was the first win in three games for the Warriors since acquiring Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell.
“It feels good, said Ellis, who finished with 20 points. “I knew it was going to go in when it left my hand.”
The four were traded from Indiana in the Jan. 7 deal that sent Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy to the Pacers. Harrington, Jackson and Jasikevicius each started Wednesday, while Powell has played in one game with the Warriors.
Harrington finished with 29 points on 10-for-14 shooting against the Nets. He has averaged 24.3 points his first three games, a substantial improvement from his season average of 16.5 points.
It was just the second win in the last eight games for the Warriors, who beat Philadelphia on Dec. 26 and Boston on Dec. 29 for their last back-to-back wins. The Warriors start a six-game road trip on Tuesday.
“A great, great feeling,” Harrington said of the win. “This homestand is only two games, but I really feel like it’s key for us to win both of these games and gain some confidence.
“It’s still going to take some time. We have to learn to trust one another and know that we have each others back.”
Jackson, the other big name in the trade, has seen his production slip with the Warriors. He scored 29 points in a 106-104 loss to Cleveland on Jan. 20, but has been held to a total of 20 in his last two games.
Off the court, Jackson learned on Friday he violated his probation in Michigan after he was charged with firing a gun outside an Indianapolis strip club in October. He was on probation from his role in the September 2005 brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Jackson faces up to 30 days in jail for violating his probation or could perform community service.
Charlotte (15-27) should have plenty of momentum after its 106-97 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. It was the second time this season the Bobcats defeated the Lakers in overtime.
Matt Carroll, who averages 11.4 points, scored 24 and is averaging 15.8 points in his last 10 games since becoming a starter for a team that’s been hit hard by injuries.
Emeka Okafor had 20 points and 18 rebounds for his 25th double-double.
The Bobcats, who are 4-10 against Western Conference teams, outscored the Lakers 15-6 in overtime and overcame a 32-point effort from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who hit a 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
“We thought there was no way we should lose when we were up three with a couple of seconds to go,” Carroll said. “When Kobe hit that shot, we said, ‘We came too far to lose this game - and we beat them in overtime before, so why can’t we do it again?’”
The Bobcats won 104-101 at home in the most recent meeting on March 8 for their only win in four games against the Warriors.