The Warriors' backcourt had a big night statistically. Guards Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 53 points on 17-for-32 shooting and 10 assists.
But arguably the biggest contributions in the Warriors' 122-112 victory Friday night over the Los Angeles Clippers came from the supporting cast. Namely, reserves Vladimir Radmanovic and Reggie Williams. Even starting center Andris Biedrins, the latest whipping boy among Warriors fans, contributed to the win at Oracle Arena.
Williams had 16 points, four rebounds and four assists in 30 minutes. Radmanovic finished with 13 points and six rebounds in 20 minutes. Biedrins fouled out after 25 minutes, but he had eight points and seven rebounds -- his best effort since returning from a left ankle injury that kept him out of nine games.
"That's what we've been waiting for," forward Dorell Wright said. "We've got everybody back and playing well. We definitely have trust in those guys because we know they're going to come in and give us big minutes and a little time to rest."
The Warriors, who shot 52.4 percent from the field, improved to 2-2 on the 22-game stretch they've identified as critical to their season, since 18 of those games are at home.
For a moment, it looked as if the Warriors were in danger of losing to the Clippers for the second time in a week.
Golden State led 69-62 at the half. Thanks to a key push by the reserves, the Warriors entered the fourth quarter up by eight. Curry was pulled after a series of turnovers, and Ellis followed him to the bench after picking up his fourth foul. After two free throws by Clippers guard Eric Gordon, the game was tied at 77.
But with a lineup led by Williams, the Warriors went on a 13-6 run over the final 3:30 of the third quarter. Williams scored seven points during the run, which gave the Warriors an 94-86 lead entering the final 12 minutes.
The game was tied at 104 after a 3-pointer by Gordon, who finished with 28 points and seven assists. With just inside of five minutes left, the Warriors' once-12-point lead was extinguished.
But the unsung heroes came through again.
Biedrins, who's been much maligned because of his subpar play of late, dropped in a jump hook over Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.
"I've gotta tell you," Warriors coach Keith Smart said, "my center played well. He did his job."
Radmanovic, who once monopolized the ire of the local fans, knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Warriors ahead 112-106.
After the Warriors forced a shot clock violation, Williams -- who didn't get off the bench in Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers -- found forward David Lee for an alley-oop, giving Golden State an eight-point advantage. Curry, who finished with 23 points, was on the bench for most of the run as Smart played the bigger Williams.
"It's no secret I've been trying to get this man to play that way all year long," Smart said of Williams' aggressive play. "I wanted him to be the playmaker and make plays."
Because of the play of the reserves, Smart was able to rest Wright and Ellis, who played 48 minutes each Wednesday. Ellis played 32 minutes and Wright 38. As a result, they seemed fresher down the stretch.
Wright hustled to help on Clippers big man Blake Griffin, who finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds, coming up with a big block during the Warriors' run.
And Ellis closed the deal with back-to-back baskets, the latter a pull-up 15-foot jumper to give the Warriors a 118-108 lead.
As Ellis, who had 30 points, said: "I felt very well rested."
New Jersey (10-29) at Warriors (16-23), 1 p.m. CSNBA