Hey, who wouldn't try his best with Mom in the house? There were 18,000-some Warriors fans booing Stephen Jackson every time he touched the ball Friday night. But Jackson's mother was also there, watching him play in person for the first time since the Charlotte Bobcats-Orlando Magic playoff series last season. You didn't really expect him to let down mom, right? It took some luck (banking in a 3-pointer to force overtime), but Jackson dominated with 31 points in a 121-113 victory over his former team. About that game-saving bank shot... "You need the basketball gods sometimes. On that shot off the backboard, the basketball gods had my back," Jackson said. "On the road, you just want to hang around and try to find a way to get some luck to win the game. We've done that on this road trip." This made them 3-0 to start a six-game trip entering Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Coach Paul Silas said he happily would have taken a 3-3 trip and he found it virtually inconceivable they won their first three. What's the difference between that team that lost four games by 30-some points in December and the team that came back from a 16-point second-half deficit Friday? "Believing in each other, staying together and not giving up," Jackson said. "Coach (Paul Silas) has given everybody confidence to get the job done. We support each other and we stay focused." The Bobcats were 11-6 since Silas took over for Larry Brown and a repeat playoff appearance is again a viable goal.
Jackson's 3-point bank a gift from hoops gods
Charlotte Observer | Jan 31