NEW ORLEANS — Jarrett Jack denied having any extra incentive in his return to New Orleans, though he sure played like he did.
Traded from the Hornets to the Warriors last July to clear cap space, he tied a career high with 12 assists and scored seven of his 25 points in the final minute.
Klay Thompson added a season-high 29 points, and Golden State beat New Orleans 116-112 on Saturday night.
"People tend to say that you play with a chip on our shoulder when you play against your old team," Jack said. "I play with a chip on my shoulder all the time. Nothing has ever been given to me in this league. Every night I try to go out and prove myself no matter if I am playing against the Hornets, the Lakers or the Bobcats."
Then again, he did notice one difference. "When I was on the way here my iPod played, even though I had it on shuffle, a James Brown song, &‘The Big Payback<WC>.<WC1>' That was kind of weird."