Jazz struggles continue in Oakland

Jazz struggles continue in Oakland



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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephen Jackson scored 28 points, Baron Davis had 19 and the long-suffering Golden State Warriors climbed into the playoff picture with a 126-102 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Monta Ellis and Matt Barnes scored 16 points apiece for the Warriors (38-40), whose eighth victory in nine home games put them in eighth place in the Western Conference by a tiny margin over the Los Angeles Clippers (37-39), who lost to Dallas earlier. Golden State (.4872 winning percentage) nudged ever so slightly ahead of Los Angeles (.4868), which has two games in hand.

Al Harrington had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors blew out Utah in the middle quarters of their fifth win in six games overall, improving their improbable hopes for the club's first postseason appearance since 1994 -- even if their streak of 12 straight losing seasons continues.

Ronnie Brewer scored 21 points for the Jazz, who showed little playoff urgency while falling a half-game behind Houston for fourth place in the conference race and home-court advantage in the clubs' probable first-round playoff meeting. The Jazz have dropped four straight and 10 of 15 overall -- including five of six since clinching the Northwest Division title.

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