OAKLAND, May 4 – Stephen Jackson set a new career high with seven three pointers on his way to scoring 33 points in the Golden State Warriors’ upset win over the Dallas Mavericks.
Despite being ejected in two previous games in the series, as well as being fined $50,000 by Don Nelson and narrowly avoiding a league suspension, Jackson appears to have turned the corner on his bad-boy image and playing style.
“It’s just so much easier, not to mention safer, to shoot threes the way I did tonight, than to shoot a gun a couple times in the air like I have done in the past,” says Jackson, who was arrested last year for shooting a gun during a fight outside of an Indianapolis strip club. Jackson has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct for his role in a fight at the Club Rio in October.
If found guilty of the felony charge, Jackson could face between six months and three years in prison. At the time of the altercation at the Club Rio, Jackson was already on probation for his role in the Palace Arena brawl between Indiana Pacers players (Jackson was on the team at the time) and Detroit Pistons fans in 2004. He plead no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his role in the melee.
Jackson shot 7-8 overall from three, which included connecting on his first seven attempts. The Warriors will play the winner of Saturday night’s game between the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz.