Maybe he ought to be tardy more often.
Jackson tied his season-high with six 3-pointers, including one with 92 seconds left to shatter any remaining resistance, and wound up with a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds in the Warriors' 110-104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
"I just knew I had to really warm up harder (in the layup lines just before tip-off)," said Jackson, who arrived barely an hour before the 6 p.m. start. "I just stayed focused. I knew I could bounce back from it."
He did, and combined with Monta Ellis' all-around performance (22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists), it was enough to finish off a 4-1 homestand and lend the Warriors (36-22) some momentum to open their four-games-in-five-nights road trip to the East Coast.
"We want to go 4-0, and we feel like we need to do that," Warriors forward Al Harrington said.
There's one potential crimp in that plan: center Chris Webber could not return for the second half due to pain in his left knee, which has been tender ever since it required microfracture surgery in 2003. He said he will undergo an MRI exam as soon as possible, and although he wants to accompany the Warriors on the road, his status is a question mark.
Depth-wise, that puts Golden State -- still missing center Andris Biedrins because of an
"Friday I tweaked it, and then (Saturday) I felt it at practice and today I felt it," Webber said. "We'll see how it goes."
Other than that, there was plenty of good vibes to go around -- Harrington and rookie Brandan Wright had matching games of 13 points and seven rebounds, while Kelenna Azubuike posted some of his most productive minutes in weeks.
It was payback for the Warriors, who were manhandled by a combined 28 points in the teams' two meetings earlier this season at the Rose Garden.
"We pretty much had something to prove playing against them because they blew us out twice already," Harrington said. "... We really locked in."
The most locked in was Jackson, who went 6-for-11 from beyond the arc to help offset a rough shooting night from Baron Davis (6-for-18).
"The good thing about us is when certain guys are on, we know how to get them the ball," Jackson said. "And that shows how this team is growing together, being able to share the ball and trust in each other."
With Webber on the bench and Patrick O'Bryant and Kosta Perovic inactive, the Warriors had no choice but to go small in the second half.
Harrington responded with nine points after intermission, including a 3-pointer that put the Warriors ahead 76-67 midway through the third quarter.
But Portland, led by Brandon Roy (26 points, six rebounds) and Travis Outlaw (17 points, five boards), clawed back to force an 81-81 tie going into the fourth quarter and took its first lead of the second half on Steve Blake's jumper with 11:21 remaining.
Rather than wait for Davis or Jackson to explode, the Warriors responded en masse, with seven Golden State players scoring in the fourth quarter. From a 93-93 tie at the 7:08 mark, the Warriors went on a 10-3 run to build a cushion; Jackson capped the burst with trey No. 5.
Portland closed to within three on a layup by Roy with 2:52 left, but Jackson hung around deep in the left corner and converted his final 3-pointer off an Ellis dish with 1:32 left, putting the game out of reach and allowing the Warriors to look ahead to Tuesday's game in Atlanta -- another chance at payback.
"We can't worry about the standings or what other teams are doing," Jackson said. "If we continue to win, we'll put ourselves in a great position."
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