The Dub-Stitutes Carry the Warriors to 93-90 Win Over Sacramento

Game story for tomorrow’s paper

It took coach Mark Jackson well into the third quarter Tuesday to find an advantage to milk. And when he found it, he rode it to a 93-90 victory over NorCal rival Sacramento.

The advantage was the second unit, known as the Dub-stitutes: guard Nate Robinson, swingmen Brandon Rush and Klay Thompson, forward Dominic McGuire and big man Ekpe Udoh. Those five turned a nervously close game into a much-needed Warriors victory.

Golden State’s bench outscored Sacramento’s 43-21. In the fourth quarter,GoldenState’s bench outscored the Kings’ starters 25-11.

Rush scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter and totaled six rebounds in 24 minutes. Robinson had 11 points and five assists in 23 minutes.

“The second unit did a great job of just battling on the defensive end,” Jackson said. “And we got quality offensive trips. Even when we did not make shots, we got what we wanted out of it. They did a great job of bringing it home.”

The Kings figured to have the advantage inside, led by center DeMarcus Cousins. And that played out as expected. Sacramento dominated the boards (53-38) and points in the paint (48-28). Cousins had 21 points and 14 rebounds.

The Warriors (7-12) figured to have the advantage in the back court. But that didn’t play out as expected. Golden State’s starting back court of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 15 points on 6-for-24 shooting.

Kings guard Tyreke Evans — 22 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists — outplayed both of them by himself, never mind rookie Jimmer Fredette’s measly five points in 20 minutes.

Jackson sat his starting guards the entire fourth quarter, save for the final seconds when he brought Curry in to shoot free throws.

Ellis, over his last three games, totaled 29 points on 12-for-43 shooting. Curry finished with two points on 1-for-7 shooting and is now 7-for-23 his last two games.

“There are no selfish guys on this team,” Curry said.

A Cousins jumper put Sacramento ahead 65-58 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter. But Golden State, led by several reserves, closed the quarter with a 9-3 run.

Robinson came off the bench to score seven points during the run as the Warriors trailed just 68-67 entering the fourth quarter.

Jackson stayed with the reserves to start the fourth quarter. They energized Oracle Arena with a 9-0 run to start the final period to take a 76-68 inside of eight minutes left.

“We have great chemistry in the second unit,” McGuire said. “Everybody comes in, plays hard and plays defense. Ekpe and I try to handle the defensive part and let everyone else get buckets.”

Moments later, Robinson banked in a fall-away to put Golden State up 78-70 and force a Sacramento timeout.

Out of the timeout, Jackson stuck with the reserves again. They rewarded him by increasing the Warriors lead. While the starters cheered from the bench, Golden State put together a 10-6 run over the next three minutes. Rush knocked down two 3-pointers during the stretch, the last givingGoldenStatean 88-76 advantage with just over three minutes left.

A couple baskets by Kings guard Isaiah Thomas put a scare into the Warriors, especially his deep 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left that cut GoldenState’s advantage to 91-90. But Rush knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the victory. He has made 14 of his last 17 from 3-point range and is shooting 59 percent from deep this season.

“Anytime you’ve got some players, some homerun hitters on that starting lineup, it’s a tough decision,”Jacksonsaid. “Because you know what you’re going to get, offensively especially. … The bench guys just played great. I’ve always said, if you want to play, force me to leave you in. And those guys did exactly that. They deserved to win or lose this ball game.”

* At shootaround before facing the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he had a good conversation with his starting center. Some air needed to be cleared after Andris Biedrins expressed to the media his desire for a bigger role.

“I would like to play a little bit more, but this is the situation,” Biedrins said Monday. “I have to accept it. I have to do what they tell me to do. That’s the way it is.”

That isn’t the way it was againstSacramento.Jacksonleaned heavily on Biedrins, who set a season-high with 25 minutes, finishing with five points, three rebounds and three blocks. He played the entire first quarter, which is rare considering he averages just 16.5 minutes per game.

More rare: Biedrins got four shots in the first quarter, all out of set post ups. Biedrins — who hadn’t scored a point in his last four games, and hadn’t taken a shot in the last three — converted a three-point play by making his first free throw of the season.

“It’s clear that we’re a better team when he plays the way he’s capable of playing,”Jacksonsaid of Biedrins before Tuesday’s game. “And part of the responsibility as a coach is to bring that out. But there’s also a responsibility to the individual, and neither one of us are running away from that.”

*Golden State had 26 assists Tuesday. That’s the third straight game with at least 26 assists, which the Warriors haven’t done since the first few games of the 2010-11 season. …GoldenStatehad a season-low eight turnovers, the team’s first game with single-digit turnovers. … The Warriors now lead the all-time series withSacramento182-181.

Marcus Thompson

  • dan

    Hey, MJ did run a couple plays for Biedrins. Keep doing it. Get Biedrins involved. Get his attention. Baron Davis used to drive and dish to him for easy baskets. Ellis and Curry are useless.

  • Niners in 2012

    Dub-Stitutes sounds too much like prostitutes.

  • Lavalovers

    Forget last night game:
    Trade monta for Kaman and a first rounder please. !
    We’ll have 2 top 10 picks . My god pull the trigger, this team stinks. Last night game was unwatchable for 3 quarters.
    We’ll win against Utah and then the front office will start singing playoffs again.. Please just pull the trigger.

  • Lavalovers

    I forgot about the massive cap space as well. Do the trade!

  • moreaufan2

    Naw we need to trade Curry cuz he cant drive and dish he is too slow! we need a two guard and a Center, move monta to the one!

  • mike

    Trade Curry while he has value. The warriors need a real point guard or at least a center who can stay on the court for more then ten minutes. We could have had a lot of different players had we traded Curry. Curry can’t play defense, never will, and his ankle will kill what’s left of his career. Get Ellis the help he needs. Until then, at least mix and match the second unit. Maybe Curry or Lee can lead the second unit. Play thompson along with Ellis or Curry to at least take away some of the liability on defense.

  • Sura.Thing

    trade your best players for draft picks?! Sounds like a Robert Rowell move to me.That J-Rich for Brandan Wright thing really worked out for us. Keep the great ideas coming guys!

  • Ron

    Playing Biedrens is a waste of time. Three rebounds in 25 minutes is pathetic. Why again did we sign Barron? Has he seen the floor yet? If Biedrens was not so grossly overpaid he would probably be inactive most games.

  • wil

    The Warriors should just start the bench instead, what a luxury that would be!!! If the starters can handle and swallow their pride, that would be scary, specially if the second unit gets ahead in games! lol

  • commish

    The good news: we beat a very disorganized team which has a lot more talent than we do, at least with their starting five. And the bad news is we won, inching our way to the 8th lottery pick which Utah will enjoy.

    But I did have a dream come true today. The Dub owners sent a survey to their season ticket holders and I could fully vent my disappointment and frustration with this season (and team) from top to bottom. For all the good it will do since Lacob and Co (as with Cohan) is making a nice profit for himself and many, many partners. So, as with Cohan, he could probably care less laughing all the way to the bank at the expense of the loyal fans.