Jack leads Warriors past his former team, 98-88
Warriors coach Mark Jackson admitted that, once upon a time, a situation like what transpired Wednesday night might have caused him to panic. New Orleans had just trimmed his team's 16-point deficit to five, and his best player, Stephen Curry, had just picked up his fifth foul in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. But the days of panic are a thing of the past. Now, Jackson just turns the reins over to Jarrett Jack. The reserve guard led the Warriors to a 98-88 victory over the Hornets in front of the 28th consecutive sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. "There was a time where you think 'How are we going to survive this?' " Jackson said. "But our ownership and management did an outstanding job of upgrading our second unit and our supporting cast, to the point where we don't have to panic. We just put the ball in Jack's hands and tell him to run the show. "He's an extension of me, and he's a playmaker. He's tough, competes and leads. It doesn't get any better off the bench, and I'm not talking about highlight scoring. I'm talking about good, old-fashioned, solid basketball that puts you in position to win games." Jack did a little bit of highlight scoring and a lot of his usual gritty tone-setting as he helped the Warriors extend their lead back into double digits with Curry sitting on the bench with a towel draped around his neck. Jack finished with 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting and eight assists on a night when the Warriors desperately needed a surge of his infectious energy. "We felt like there was a little bit of a lull in the building," Jack said. "The fans were kind of champing at the bit for us to give them something to cheer for. I just came in with effort, and whether it translated into us scoring or picking up our defense, it ignited us."
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