Monta Ellis' biggest games

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Monta Ellis' biggest games

Monta Ellis scored a career-high 48 points on Tuesday night, matching Kobe Bryant for most points scored in a single game this season.

It was fifth time in his career he'd scored 45 or more points and the ninth time he'd registered 40 or more since coming into the league in 2005.

Here's look at the all-time scoring performances of Golden State's dynamic guard.

272012 -- 48 points vs. Oklahoma City
Ellis finished 18-for-29 from the field, 9-for-10 from the foul line. He scored 30 points in the first half alone -- the first NBA player to do so this season. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. But the best night of his NBA career -- paired with a triple-double from David Lee -- was not enough to defeat the NBA's best team.

232010 -- 46 points vs. Dallas
Ellis filled it up in a 110-101 loss to the future NBA champions. He hit 17 of 23 shots and went 8 for 13 from the foul line. He finished with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. Golden State's second-leading scorer that night? Corey Maggette with 20. Ellis' eruption came four days after Portland's Andre Miller scored 52 points against Dallas.

10272010 -- 46 points vs. Houston
Ellis' total was the third-most by a Warriors player in a season opener. Only Wilt Chamberlain, who had 48 points in 1961 and 56 in 1962, had more.
Ellis went 18-for-24 from the field and shot 9 of 12 from the line; he missed three consecutive free throws in the final 35 seconds before sinking two with 10.2 seconds remaining to seal the win. Ellis had 17 points in the first quarter and 23 in the half.

11302009 -- 45 points vs. Indiana
Ellis delivered a then career-high against a quality Pacers defense, ranked fifth-best defense in the league at the time. Notably, he fouled out with over six minutes left in the game. Ellis shot 15-for-27 from the floor and 14-for-16 from the foul line. It added up to a 126-107 win against the Pacers.

12202010 -- 44 points vs. Houston
It was Ellis' third 40-plus point performance of the season. He shot 15-of-20 and converted 11 of 14 free throws, adding seven assists on a night when the Warriors were without Stephen Curry (sprained ankle). The game capped a torrid stretch of 104 points over the past three games for the high-flying guard.

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

Steph Curry keeps game ball for Steve Kerr after he misses Game 3

While head coach Steve Kerr was unable to make Saturday's Game 3 due to an illness, the Warriors went out and took a 3-0 series lead over the Blazers. 

After the game, Steph Curry dedicated the win to Kerr by keeping the game ball for him. 

"Our coach is going through a lot right now physically and he told us this morning this is a situation where we need to rally and go out and win a game for him, but we felt like that," Curry said after the Warriors' 119-113 win. "The way that game had gone on we had to fight and do it for him. 

"The way that he said it was we had to win one for The Gipper, so shout out to coach Kerr." 

Curry led the Warriors with 34 points in Saturday's win. 

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

Instant Replay: Warriors battle Blazers, take commanding 3-0 series lead

BOX SCORE

PORTLAND -- Head coach Steve Kerr didn’t show and All-Star forward Kevin Durant didn’t play.

Neither did Shaun Livingston or Matt Barnes.

No matter. Trailing by as much as 17 before a surging Trail Blazers team and a thunderous sellout crowd at Moda Center, the Warriors found their way to a 119-113 victory in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Saturday night.

The Warriors can close out the series with a win in Game 4 here on Monday night.

With assistant coach Mike Brown serving as acting head coach in the absence of an ill Kerr, five Warriors scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 34 points. Klay Thompson put in 24, Andre Iguodala 16, JaVale McGee 14 and Pat McCaw 11.

The Warriors overcame a 16-point third-quarter deficit and a 52-42 rebounding disadvantage with a single, searing stretch of defense in the third quarter, when they limited Portland to 30.4-percent shooting.

Guards CJ McCollum, who totaled 32 points, and Damian Lillard, who posted 31, led the Trail Blazers.

STANDOUT PERFORMER

As crucial to the comeback as was the offensive reemergence of Curry and Thompson, nobody did more good things over different portions of the game than did McGee.

McGee’s line: 14 points (6-of-8 shooting from the field, 2-of-2 from the line), four rebounds and one steal. He played 16 minutes and finished a game-high plus-24.

TURNING POINT

Trailing 82-66 after a Lillard finger roll with 6:20 left in the third quarter, the Warriors rumbled back with a 19-1 run, taking an 85-83 lead when McGee slammed through a lob with 2:01 left in the quarter.

The Warriors during that stretch held Portland to 0-of-8 shooting, with three turnovers.

INJURY UPDATE

Warriors: F Matt Barnes (R foot/ankle bone bruise), F Kevin Durant (L calf strain) and G Shaun Livingston (R index finger sprain and hand contusion) were listed as questionable and downgraded to out. F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) is listed as out.

Blazers: G Allen Crabbe (L foot soreness) and G CJ McCollum (R ankle sprain) were listed as probable and upgraded to available. C Jusuf Nurkic (L leg fracture) was listed as doubtful and upgraded to available. C Ed Davis (L shoulder surgery) and C Festus Ezeli (L knee surgery) were listed as out.

WHAT’S NEXT

The teams reconvene Monday night at Moda Center for Game 4. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.