Trans. Mar 11 11:19 ET (Mar 11 11:19 ET ) OAKLAND, Calif. -- Guard Steve Blake didn't play long for the Los Angeles Lakers, but he hung around long enough to learn one thing. Blake applied that strategy to fellow Golden State Warriors backup Jordan Crawford on Tuesday night, setting the table for his backcourt mate to score nine consecutive points in a 100-second flurry bridging the first and second periods. Crawford's surge propelled the Warriors to a 108-85 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. 6 and 7 teams in the Western Conference playoff race, the Warriors (41-24) recorded a fifth consecutive win and moved three games up on the Mavericks (38-27).
When Steve Blake checked in at the scorer's table with 5:25 remaining in the third quarter, Stephen Curry shook his head and shouted across the court, asking Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson not to take him out. He had Blake enter instead for Andre Iguodala, who looked over at Curry and laughed on the way to the bench. He finished with 18 points and nine assists on a strained right quad, helping the Warriors hold off the Phoenix Suns 113-107 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win. I'm surprised he still asked me because he already knows the answer.'' David Lee added 26 points and nine rebounds and Klay Thompson scored 22 points for the Warriors, who built an 18-point lead early in the fourth quarter before the Suns surged back.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Golden State Warriors were so concerned about a lack of offensive production from their bench earlier this season, they made deals to bring in a new set of reserve guards -- Jordan Crawford and Steve Blake. The newcomers contributed 15 points to Golden State's 111-97 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night, but it was what the reserve unit did on the defensive end that was an even bigger factor in the comfortable win. Blake (three) and backup forward Draymond Green (four) combined for seven steals in the game, and the Warriors -- with four reserves on the floor -- held the Hawks scoreless for the first 6:52 of the fourth period to turn a tight game into a runaway victory. "We got off to a slow start in the third quarter," Green said of an 18-8 Hawks run that turned a 14-point game at the half into a just a 74-70 Warriors lead.
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson asked his players a simple question during Friday's morning shootaround: How many of them had ever been on a team 14 games over .500? Only veterans Jermaine O'Neal, Steve Blake and Andre Iguodala raised their hands. With so many home games remaining, the opportunity in front of the Warriors is rare. Golden State took another step forward Friday night by easing past the Atlanta Hawks 111-97 for its third straight win.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Reserve guard Steve Blake opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and the Golden State Warriors held the Atlanta Hawks scoreless for the first 6:52 of the period en route to a runaway, 111-97 victory Friday night. The win was the Warriors' eighth in 10 games since the All-Star break and allowed them to retain the No. 6 playoff position in the Western Conference with 19 games to play. Golden State (39-24) hosts its two closest rivals in the playoff race -- Phoenix and Dallas -- in its next two games. Shooting 46.3 percent for three quarters, the Hawks (26-34) managed to stay within 85-77 heading into the fourth period.