|Warriors' turnaround sparked by defense|
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|Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:44|
By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
AP Sports Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Since Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin captivated the Bay Area in the ``Run TMC'' days of the early 1990s, the Golden State Warriors have been known for scoring a lot of points and giving up even more.
In Mark Jackson's second season as coach, the Warriors finally have started to change their focus. Golden State (21-10) is off to its best start in more than 20 years entering Wednesday night's home game against the NBA-best Los Angeles Clippers (25-6), a surprising turnaround that has been propelled largely by defense.
The Warriors rank third in the league in rebounding differential (plus-4.19) and fourth in average opponents' field-goal percentage (42.9 percent). They beat the Clippers 114-110 in Los Angeles on Nov. 3.