Warriors' forward David Lee helped cure the Bay Area's Super Bowl hangover, ending a span of 13 consecutive losses.
Ever since the 49ers fell to the Baltimore Ravens on Feb. 3, the Warriors have gone 0-5 and the Sharks have tallied a couple points but remained winless with a 0-4-2 stretch. Even Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Stephen Curry were skunked in their two All-Star weekend events.
But the West's 143-138 win over the East Sunday night set a winning tone for the Warriors' unofficial second half. Golden State limped into the break with a season-worst five-game losing streak, one in which they allowed an average of 118 points.
Head coach Mark Jackson repeated that the Warriors were a "no excuse" team, though it was clear to fans an opposing teams alike that the team was fatigued. The starting backcourt of 24-year-old Curry and 23-year-old Thompson, a tandem the team relies on for an average of 36.4 points a night, is averaging more minutes per game than ever before.
"Perfect time for the All-Star break," Lee said before departing for Houston.
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