Thursday, April 2, 2009

OAKLAND, CALIF. (AP) - Monta Ellis scored a career-high 42 points for the Warriors to overcome Kevin Martin’s career-best 50 for the Kings, and Golden State snapped a five-game losing streak with a 143-141 overtime victory over Sacramento on Wednesday night in another wild game befitting the NBA’s two worst defensive teams.

Ronny Turiaf made the go-ahead free throw with 12.2 seconds left for the Warriors, who blew a four-point lead late in regulation and then missed two free throws in the final moments of overtime to keep the Kings in it.

Beno Udrih scored 18 points and tied it for Sacramento late in regulation with a length-of-the-court drive for a layup. But after Martin missed a potential go-ahead jumper in the lane with 6 seconds left in overtime, Udrih couldn’t make a bank shot right before the buzzer for the Kings, who missed their final seven shots.

Kelenna Azubuike had 27 points and 13 rebounds, hitting another free throw with 4.8 seconds left in OT, and Anthony Randolph added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors rallied to beat their local rivals despite having just eight healthy players.

Golden State also gained a bit of revenge for a triple-overtime, 135-133 home loss to the Kings last January in the high-octane rivalry between Northern California’s two downtrodden NBA franchises.

Martin made a career-high 23 free throws, but just four after the third quarter. He was held scoreless in a 7 1/2-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, and he got his only points in overtime on an early 3-pointer.

One night after a heartbreaking 111-110 loss to New Orleans on Rasual Butler’s 3-pointer at the buzzer, Sacramento again couldn’t make a final big play.

Udrih, whose off-balance jumper with 1.7 seconds left looked to be the winner against the Hornets, tied this game at 132 on a long drive for an inexplicably uncontested layup with 2.9 seconds left in regulation, erasing Golden State’s four-point lead with 14 seconds left.

Udrih then hit two free throws and a jumper in overtime to put Sacramento up 141-138, but Ellis’ three-point play tied it with 42 seconds left. After both teams missed shots, Kings rookie Jason Thompson fouled out while trying to grab his own miss away from Turiaf, who made one of two free throws.

Francisco Garcia had 22 points for Sacramento, which set season highs for points in the first quarter (40) and the first half (76). Golden State reclaimed the lead while both teams surpassed 100 points with a few minutes left in the third quarter.

Even with the dramatics, several hundred fans streamed out of Oracle Arena before overtime began.

Notes:@ Corey Maggette unexpectedly dressed for the game after initially being ruled out with a head injury, but he scored six points before going back to the locker room early in the second quarter with post-concussion syndrome. … Golden State began the night allowing an NBA-worst 112.5 points per game, with Sacramento right behind at 108.6 points allowed. … Randolph, Ellis and Ronny Turiaf all got technical fouls in the second quarter for jawing with officials. … Golden State visits Arco Arena on Sunday night. … Kings G Bobby Jackson missed his second straight game with a sore right knee.

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