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News » Watson helps spark victory on road as Randolph, Curry sit

Watson helps spark victory on road as Randolph, Curry sit

Watson helps spark victory on road as Randolph, Curry sitThe Warriors' youth movement is on hold, for at least one night.

Experienced players logged the minutes and the shots Friday, and C.J. Watson provided the spark as Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph sat on the bench during the Warriors' 121-107 trouncing of the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

"Things were going well for us, so I didn't really need to make a substitution," coach Don Nelson said. "The veterans were really playing well, and they deserved to be on the floor."

The Warriors shared the ball with five guys scoring 19 or more points apiece. Kelenna Azubuike 22 points scored early to open the lane for Monta Ellis 22 points and Corey Maggette 22, and Stephen Jackson 23 points and Watson 19 points each had stretches of hot shooting.

Everything looked great, except in the eyes of the thousands from the 19,763-person sellout who stayed and chanted for Curry to get into the game's final minutes and the scores who blogged about Randolph's lack of minutes from home.

Curry played a total of 2:35 and didn't touch the ball in the first half. Randolph played 6:21, including a 1:22 stretch that ended with an emotional outburst.

After being out of position on the Warriors' previous offensive set, Randolph got yanked and tossed the ball about 20 feet in the air back over his head as he left the court. He shouted something toward the coaching staff, drawing assistant coach Keith Smart to the end of the bench to calm the second-year player.

"I went with veteran guys," Nelson said. "I thought it was a game that was winnable for us, and I thought we really had to go after it and stay consistent the whole game."

It worked for all but a brief stretch in the third quarter, when the Warriors reverted to their quick-shot, three-point-firing ways. The Knicks took advantage in trimming a 16-point deficit to 86-80 by quarter's end. After scoring on their first four possessions of the fourth quarter, the Warriors had boosted the lead back to 97-84.

"Coach kept saying to move the ball in the timeouts, and we finally listened," Jackson said. "Once we started moving the ball, it got contagious."

Watson had a lot to do with it. In his most significant action of the season, Watson shot 7-for-8, dished three assists and had two steals.

"I really think that's why we got to doing what we were doing and won the ballgame," Ellis said.

"I've been saying this all along: 'C.J. is one of my favorites,' " Jackson said. "He's one of those guys who plays defense first and always takes good shots. I love having him on the court with Monta, because they both play defense and we're a real fast team with them out there."

Don Nelson was prepared for the New York media. When asked why rookie Stephen Curry lost his starting job, the coach joked, "I took him out of the starting lineup because he doesn't have enough tattoos. How can a guy start in the NBA with no tattoos?" - Rusty SimmonsUp next Who: at Bucks 4-2

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