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News » Monta Ellis' scoring spree continues in Golden State Warriors' win over Indiana Pacers

Monta Ellis' scoring spree continues in Golden State Warriors' win over Indiana Pacers

Monta Ellis' scoring spree continues in Golden State Warriors' win over Indiana Pacers The Warriors have been looking for someone to emerge as Monta Ellis' sidekick.

Lately, Ellis hasn't needed one.

So it was again Monday when the sixth-year guard set a career-high with 45 points, leading the Warriors to 126-107 come-from-behind win over the Indiana Pacers before fouling out with 6:02 left in the fourth quarter.

Ellis played 42 straight minutes and was 15-of-27 from the field to go with five rebounds, five steals and seven turnovers. It was the most points by a Warrior since Jamal Crawford scored 50 at Charlotte on Dec. 20.

"There are a lot of nights I'm going to have 45," Ellis said. "There are a lot of nights I will have 50. ... I was born to do that. That's not impressive to me. I've been doing that all my life. Check my resume."

Ellis, at 6-foot-3, 180 pounds, also defended Pacers All-Star small forward Danny Granger, who is 6-foot-8, 228 pounds, for most of the second half. Granger, who had averaged more than 38 points his past three games against the Warriors , finished with 22 points on 7-for-17 shooting. He scored 15 in the second half.

Ellis said he was more impressed with how his team played the final six minutes without him than he was with his own performance. Forward Corey Maggette picked up the scoring slack when Ellis departed on a questionable offensive foul call in the final quarter. Maggette scored 12 in the frame and finished with 14 points, six assists and six rebounds.

C.J. Watson had 18 points, six assists and four rebounds in 35 minutes, the most he's played since returning from swine flu.

The Warriors (6-10) snapped a two-game losing streak and rebounded from a 33-point loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"It's unbelievable," second-year forward Anthony Randolph said of Ellis' performance. "He's been carrying us these last (six) games. Just to be able to sit over there and watch what he does is kind of unbelievable. For a guy his size, too."

The Warriors probably would've been run out of the gym early if not for Ellis. He had 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting after the first 12 minutes. Still, the Warriors trailed 33-25 entering the second quarter.

A 6-0 Indiana run to start the second put the Warriors down 14 points. But despite committing six turnovers in the first six-plus minutes of the quarter, the Warriors trailed only 42-41 with 4:59 left in the half after a 3-pointer by Anthony Morrow, who had 18 points.

But before the Warriors could seize the lead, they fell apart again. They missed six of their final nine shots in the half and turned over the ball three more times and trailed 57-51 at the half.

The Warriors had struggled in third quarters all season, being outscored by an average of 10.8 points in the period in their 10 losses. But against Indiana, the Warriors closed the third with a run.

Morrow nailed a 3-pointer, then followed with a pull-up jumper on a fast break to cap a 20-9 run to close the third quarter, and the Warriors led 85-83 entering their final stanza.

Ellis then carried that momentum into the last 12 minutes. He scored seven points in 63 seconds a 3-pointer, a long jumper, then a fast-break layup to surpass his previous career-high of 42, which he tied at San Antonio on Wednesday.

The Warriors led 92-83 and never looked back, making 14 of 18 field goals in the fourth quarter.

"I see it every day," Watson said of Ellis. "I have to guard him sometimes. It doesn't surprise me." Warriors 126 Pacers 107TODAY: at Nuggets, 6 p.m. TV: CSNBA. Radio: 1050-AM

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