Second-year big man Ekpe Udoh hasn't scored in double figures in a month and has grabbed at least five rebounds thrice in the same span. But in the Warriors' recent stretch of success, especially the current three-game win streak, Udoh has been a key ingredient.

"I'm certainly pleased with what he's doing on the floor," coach Mark Jackson said Monday night after a victory over Phoenix. "The guy is playing great basketball, and I'm really pleased that he's responding."

The Warriors have won six of their past nine games, with two of the losses to Oklahoma City, owner of the league's best record. So it's safe to say Golden State is playing its best basketball of the season. If they beat Portland on Wednesday, the Warriors would move within two games of .500 for the first time since they were 2-4.