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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012
Warriors respond to criticism with victory
AUBURN, Hills Michigan — One night after coach Mark Jackson called his team's effort unacceptable, the Golden State Warriors took a step in the right direction.
David Lee scored 24 points and Monta Ellis added 22 to help the Warriors win on the road for the first time this season, 99-91 over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. Jackson said before the game he expected Golden State to play like "a team that's upset" — and the Warriors responded by controlling the second half at both ends of the floor.
"We defended, we didn't make excuses, and we didn't get frustrated," Jackson said. "It was just a great performance overall."
Golden State won at Detroit for the second time in its last 17 visits. Greg Monroe had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons.
The Warriors trailed 48-44 at halftime but went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter and never trailed after that. They led by five early in the fourth before scoring 10 points in a row to make it 88-73.
Ellis scored 17 points in the second half.
"I think the guys felt challenged, and first and foremost we are a defensive-minded team," Jackson said. "We started to get stops and it affected our offense."
The Warriors came in having lost seven of eight, including a 112-100 defeat at Charlotte on Saturday. Jackson said after that game he was "embarrassed" and felt his team overlooked the Bobcats. Golden State didn't have that problem against the struggling Pistons.
Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak Friday night with a victory at Charlotte, but Lee hurt the Pistons inside early, then Ellis and Dorell Wright contributed some scoring of their own in the second half.
Lee's streak of double-doubles ended at six games. He fouled out with 4:40 remaining with only six rebounds. Lee went 10 of 12 from the field, and the Warriors shot 52 percent.
"That game against Charlotte really upset us," Lee said. "That was a game we have no excuse for losing. We didn't want to complicate things by coming in here and losing again."
Jazz 106, Nuggets 96
In Denver, Paul Millsap had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Al Jefferson added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Utah beat the Nuggets.
Spurs 102, Suns 91
In San Antonio, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 11 rebounds, keeping the Spurs perfect at home.
Yao goes into politics
SHANGHAI — Retired basketball star Yao Ming has added another line to his post-NBA resume — politician.
Since Yao announced last July that injuries had ended his career with the Houston Rockets, he has become a university student and set up a wine business to go with owning a professional basketball team in China.
Now the 31-year-old has become a member of an advisory body to Shanghai's legislature.
Photos in official media on Monday showed Yao at the weekend closing ceremony for the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Shanghai Committee.