Monta Ellis' biggest games


Monta Ellis' biggest games

Monta Ellis scored a career-high 48 points on Tuesday night, matching Kobe Bryant for most points scored in a single game this season.

It was fifth time in his career he'd scored 45 or more points and the ninth time he'd registered 40 or more since coming into the league in 2005.

Here's look at the all-time scoring performances of Golden State's dynamic guard.

272012 -- 48 points vs. Oklahoma City
Ellis finished 18-for-29 from the field, 9-for-10 from the foul line. He scored 30 points in the first half alone -- the first NBA player to do so this season. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. But the best night of his NBA career -- paired with a triple-double from David Lee -- was not enough to defeat the NBA's best team.

232010 -- 46 points vs. Dallas
Ellis filled it up in a 110-101 loss to the future NBA champions. He hit 17 of 23 shots and went 8 for 13 from the foul line. He finished with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Golden State's second-leading scorer that night? Corey Maggette with 20. Ellis' eruption came four days after Portland's Andre Miller scored 52 points against Dallas.

10272010 -- 46 points vs. Houston
Ellis' total was the third-most by a Warriors player in a season opener. Only Wilt Chamberlain, who had 48 points in 1961 and 56 in 1962, had more.
Ellis went 18-for-24 from the field and shot 9 of 12 from the line; he missed three consecutive free throws in the final 35 seconds before sinking two with 10.2 seconds remaining to seal the win. Ellis had 17 points in the first quarter and 23 in the half.

11302009 -- 45 points vs. Indiana
Ellis delivered a then career-high against a quality Pacers defense, ranked fifth-best defense in the league at the time. Notably, he fouled out with over six minutes left in the game. Ellis shot 15-for-27 from the floor and 14-for-16 from the foul line. It added up to a 126-107 win against the Pacers.

12202010 -- 44 points vs. Houston
It was Ellis' third 40-plus point performance of the season. He shot 15-of-20 and converted 11 of 14 free throws, adding seven assists on a night when the Warriors were without Stephen Curry (sprained ankle). The game capped a torrid stretch of 104 points over the past three games for the high-flying guard.

Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts


Klay Thompson makes pledge to North Bay fire relief efforts

Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.

[POOLE: Unprompted remarks about wildfires show Klay isn't who you thought he was]

Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.

"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks. 

And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.

We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.

Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.

Thank you for listening."

The Warriors' next three home games are:

1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)

Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins


Gameday: Draymond Green vs Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins

Programming note: Warriors-Pelicans coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

After blowing a 13-point fourth-quarter lead in the season opener Tuesday night, the Warriors will try to wipe away those memories with a win over the Pelicans on Friday night at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

The Warriors will have forwards Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala to help their cause in the home opener for the Pelicans.

History will be on the side of the defending champions, who have won 10 of their last 11 games in New Orleans.


Warriors by 8.5


Draymond Green vs. Anthony Davis: Coming off his injury scare, Green surely expects to be tested by Davis and his teammates. Green tends to thrive on even the slightest challenge. If he and his teammates can keep Davis under control (under 25 points, below 50-percent shooting), the Warriors will have won the battle.


Warriors: F Draymond Green (L knee strain) and F Andre Iguodala (back strain) are listed as available. F Omri Casspi (L ankle spain) is listed as out. G Quinn Cook will be activated, while C Damian Jones and F Kevon Looney will be healthy inactives.

Pelicans: C Alexis Ajinca (R knee injury), C Omer Asik (illness), F Soloman Hill (L hamstring tear), G Frank Jackson (R foot fracture) and G Rajon Rondo (L core muscle injury) are listed as out.


The Warriors have won seven in a row and 17 of the last 18 meetings.


THE BIGS: Whereas the trend in the NBA is to go small, a strategy the Warriors often use, the Pelicans play two traditional big men. In addition to Davis, who has 6-foot-10, they also start 6-11 former Kings C DeMarcus Cousins. Though both are listed as forwards (as Cousins prefers) both also spent time in the post. Expect the Warriors to use their small lineups in hopes of speeding up the game. Will it work?

DEPTH FACTOR: While the Warriors are relatively healthy, the New Orleans is coping with the absences of Rondo, Hill and backup centers Ajinca and Asik. Warriors coach Steve Kerr is unafraid to go deep into his bench. If the Warriors are prepared, in terms of conditioning, to set the fast pace they desire they’ll have a chance to wear down the Pelicans late.

ANGER MOTIVE: The Warriors were displeased with themselves after losing the season opener at home. Iguodala notes they tend to respond to poor performances by examining their mistakes and making corrections. They haven’t opened a season with two consecutive losses since 2009 and want no part of a 0-2 start.