Posted: Tuesday January 1, 2013 5:44 PM

Warriors' turnaround sparked by defense

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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.

Not anymore.

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.

 
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