Warriors win another measuring-stick game

Lee makes All Star push for Curry after win over OKC

Warriors win another measuring-stick game
January 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Before Wednesday's meeting with Oklahoma City, Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson refused to call it a measuring-stick game, but considering the circumstances it's hard not to.

The 104-99 win, against the team with the NBA's best record, served as the bookend to the season's first half -- the franchise's best in two decades. 

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Afterwards, Jackson stuck to his word.

"We've said all along, we're not going anywhere and it was not going to be a measuring stick," Jackson said. "We know who we are -- exactly who were are. And we're not going to rest on this."

In beating the the Thunder, the Warriors have another signature win in a 41-game stretch full of them.

Beat the reigning NBA champions? Check.

The Western Conference champions? Check.

The Pacific-Division leaders? Check, check, check.

Golden State is the only team in the league which owns win over the Heat, Thunder and Clippers, but David Lee was quick to downplay the significance.

"I think we're probably the only team that's lost twice to Sacramento and Orlando," Lee said. "It just goes to prove that it's a long season."

At a point usually reserved for discussion about potential lottery placement, the relevant conversation about the future is now about potential first-round opponents.

If the playoff were to begin Thursday, the Warriors (26-15) would be the No. 5 seed and matched up with Memphis in the first round. The winner of that theoretical series would likely advance to play Oklahoma City.

All Star Roster Announced Thursday

Stephen Curry and David Lee will find out of they are headed to Sunday's All Star Game in Houston on Thursday. The official announcement will come at 4 p.m PT on TNT. 

The votes from the coaches had already been submitted by game time Wednesday, but Curry's play matched up against sure-fire all star Russell Westbrook and cemented the notion that he belongs in the game. Curry finished with 31 points and seven assists to Westbrook's 10 points and four assists.

"I have two guys on my team (Curry and Lee) that it would be wrong and a disservice if they are not on the All-Star team," Jackson said. "The way they conduct themselves, what they have done in this league and they have been as good as anyone at their positions if you look at the numbers and wins. If justice truly prevails, those guys will be in the All-Star game."

Jackson would not divulge who he voted for.

"If I had the opportunity and the rules allowed for me to vote for my guys, they would have certainly been on my ballot, without question," he said.

Seven reserves will be named for each conference. 

Curry Brothers Close to History

Curry's younger brother Seth, a senior at Duke, needs 12 points to vault the brothers past Larry and Eddie Bird into the No. 2 spot for combined points among a pair of brothers in Division I history. Seth was held scoreless in No. 1-ranked Duke's 90-63 loss to Miami on Wednesday. 

The Bird brothers, who both went to Indiana State, combined for 4,405 in their careers. Tops on the list are Ben (Notre Dame) and Tyler (North Carolina) Hansbrough, who combined for 4,485 points.

Durant Falls Short of Second Career Triple Double

With 18 points, eight assists and four rebounds at halftime, Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant looked poised to make a run at his second career triple double -- which came against the Warriors earlier this season.

After the break, Durant added just one more rebound and one more assists. He finished with 33 points. 

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