Jackson's 23 points lead way as Warriors end 3-game slide

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ever since Kevin McHale came down from Minnesota's front office to take over as coach in December, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he's seen a look in his eyes that makes him think McHale might stick with the job for a while.

That gleam vanished on Tuesday night in an embarrassing loss to the lowly Golden State Warriors.

Stephen Jackson had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Golden State led by 31 points in the first half of a 118-94 victory over the Timberwolves.

Kevin Love had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who lost for the seventh time in a row and 15th time in their last 17 games.

"That's as bad as you can play and there's no excuses for that," McHale said. "That's my fault. The guys weren't ready to play and that falls on me. We didn't get back. We didn't defend. We didn't do anything. That can't happen."

Corey Maggette added 16 points and Andris Biedrins had 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Warriors, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Wolves haven't won at home since an overtime victory over Chicago on Jan. 25.

Golden State has been just as bad on the road, going 1-11 in its previous 12 away from home.

In recent games, coach Don Nelson held true to his maverick reputation by sitting Jackson against Utah on Sunday and guard Jamal Crawford against Charlotte on Friday night.

The Warriors lost both games, but Nelson has essentially has waved bye-bye to thoughts of competing this year and has turned his attention to developing the team's younger players for the future.

Crawford openly lamented not having Jackson in the lineup as the team fell in the fourth quarter to Utah. But his return gave the team a lift right from the get-go.

"He doesn't get the credit he should, but he's a hell of a player," Maggette said. "He does it on the defensive end and offensively, both scoring and passing the ball."

Jackson had seven points, five assists and four rebounds in the first period against Minnesota to set the tone.

"Yeah, it's crazy. Got a little rest, rest always helps," Jackson said. "I wish we could've gotten the win [against Utah], but it feels good to be back out there today and get this one."

The Timberwolves dropped to 1-9 without star center Al Jefferson, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. They put up quite a fight in the first two weeks without their best player. But this one was the most disappointing losses since a 23-point wipeout by the Clippers on Dec. 6 that sealed Randy Wittman's fate as coach.

"There was no effort tonight," McHale said.

The Warriors were up by 19 in the first quarter, prompting McHale to shout, "Who is guarding who out here?"

No one had an answer.

Anthony Randolph's jumper with 9.7 seconds to play in the first half gave Golden State a 66-35 lead.

The Wolves missed 22 of their first 30 shots against a team that gives up more points per game than any team in the league.

Wolves guard Mike Miller said that was the first time he's seen his team mail it in this season "and it better be the last. Our job is to go out there and compete. We might be short-handed and we might be a lot of things, but the one thing we can control is how hard we play."

With 2:50 to play and his team down 20 points, McHale slumped on the scorer's table and stared blankly while Maggette shot free throws.

Nelson walked down the court and put his arm around McHale to offer some words of encouragement, from one former Celtics great to another.

"I just told him sorry that his year ended up the way it did," Nelson said. "It's too bad, you know, we're both Celtics. A lot of feelings for him."

Game notes
Warriors F Ronny Turiaf did not play because of illness. G Monta Ellis missed his fourth straight game with ankle stiffness. ... Miller pulled down his 3,000th career rebound in the second quarter. ... With 1:03 left in the third, Wolves F Rodney Carney pulled a Nate Robinson and jumped over Kelenna Azubuike while trying to block his shot.