OAKLAND -- The Warriors have learned to take the bad with the good with Jarrett Jack, and there certainly was plenty of both Friday night against the Denver Nuggets.

In the end, though, despite Jack's seven turnovers and a five-second inbounds violation that nearly gave up the game in the final minute, it's difficult to see how the Warriors could have pulled out a 110-108 Game 3 playoff victory without him.

The good: Jack played 42 minutes, scored 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting, added seven assists and five rebounds and a huge steal with 24.9 seconds left that appeared to salt the game away.

But after the game, the all-purpose guard was tight-lipped about his performance.

"I've got to handle the ball better, I've got to take care of the basketball," said Jack. "But all in all, it's a W."

To be sure, Jack was all over the map in this game, but his motor never stopped. Despite his mistakes, he didn't get tentative and pressed the attack the entire night.

"You can't get fearful or you start to second-guess yourself," he said. "Then you make even more mistakes."

And that inbounds play with 9.4 seconds left?

"I was about to call timeout as soon as he was calling the five seconds," Jack said. "I thought the count might have been a little fast." Coach Mark Jackson admitted Jack had a bit of a messy game but wasn't about to put down his performance with all the good things he did.


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"I know he's probably upset with himself," Jackson said. "The coach inside him knows he should have taken better care of the ball. It was just like in Game 1; even though he nearly had a triple-double, he thought he'd let the guys down.

"But he has responded in a big way," Jackson said. "He was a steal for us to get in the offseason, and we would not be where we are today if it were not for Jarrett Jack."

Perhaps the most amazing part is that Jack played 42 minutes and never looked tired despite the fast pace of the game.

"You're spent, but you're supposed to be," he said. "It's the playoffs, you aren't supposed to have anything left when the game is over. You're supposed to leave everything on the floor. I'm a little gassed, but we have a day in between, so come Sunday I'll be ready (for Game 4)."

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