Some would've never returned. Others would've stayed on the bench after they felt the second pull.

Al Jefferson? Back in the fight, running the court, recording game highs in points (30) and blocks (5) while grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds. All while twice suffering an abdominal strain in the Jazz's 104-98 victory against the Golden State Warriors on Friday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Think Big Al doesn't want it? Think the eight-year center doesn't dream hard and often about a winning record, making the playoffs, and erasing six consecutive seasons of bad luck and worse endings?

Think again.

Jefferson acknowledged the second abdominal pull produced "mad pain" after he went up for a rebound with 4:37 left in the third quarter. He briefly retreated to the locker room. He applied ice. He winced several times on the bench. But with Utah down 80-78 at the start of the final period and the Jazz badly in need of a win, Jefferson was back on the court.

"I'm the type of person, if I can go, I will go. … I told coach I was good," Jefferson said. "He [normally] take his time before he throw me back in there. [Friday], he throw me right back in that dogfight."