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Before allowing their postseason aspirations to fall too far out of reach, the struggling Golden State Warriors swung an eight-player trade to shake up their lineup.

The Warriors look to get off to a strong start with their four new players on Saturday when they host the road-weary Cleveland Cavaliers, who are wrapping up a season-high seven-game road trip.

Golden State (19-21) has missed the playoffs the last 12 seasons - the longest current drought in the NBA - and is on the outside of the current playoff picture in the Western Conference. The Warriors are in ninth place under new coach Don Nelson.

The Warriors are the third-highest scoring team in the league (105.5 points per game), averaging 6.5 points more than last season in Nelson's offensive-minded system, but he has not gotten the desired production from some of his high-priced players.

On Wednesday, Golden State revamped its roster by obtaining Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Josh Powell from Indiana for Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu, Keith McLeod and Mike Dunleavy Jr.

"I think this makes us more athletic,'' Nelson said. "I was looking for a little more dominance in my players, and I think this gives us that look.''

Harrington, the most accomplished player in the trade, averaged 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 36 games with the Pacers this season, but struggled to get comfortable alongside Jermaine O'Neal.

Jackson averaged 14.1 points in 37 games with Indiana, but has dealt with legal troubles and attitude problems all season.

"We just want to use this trade as motivation to gain some ground and some momentum,'' point guard Baron Davis said. "Everybody's excited about what's to come. Obviously, it's sad because we did lose some great guys. But for what we got in exchange, I think everyone's happy.

"I think Al is going to be a great addition to our team,'' Davis added. "He's a triple threat, as far as passing, posting up and perimeter play. And the other three guys we got are very, very high-quality basketball players who played in a great system in Indiana for a great coach in Rick Carlisle. Stephen Jackson's a guy who can put points up on the board on any given night, so to have that - and what we have now - I think we're going to be a pretty potent offensive team.''

Davis had 23 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State's fourth loss in its last five games.

Golden State has played well at home, though, winning seven of its last nine games, and the Cavaliers (23-16) have been struggling on the road this season.

Cleveland lost to Denver 110-99 on Friday, and is 2-4 heading into the last leg of its trip.

The loss dropped the Cavaliers into a tie with the Washington Wizards - who won earlier Friday - for the best record in the Eastern Conference.

"We've just got to regroup,'' LeBron James said.

James finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on Friday for his first triple-double of the season and 10th of his career. He's averaging 29.8 points, 6.5 boards and 6.5 assists during the road trip.

The 22-year-old James scored 33 points in the Cavs' 99-91 loss to the Warriors on Feb. 11 last season, but matched a season low with just 14 points on 5-of-22 shooting in their 99-79 loss at Oracle Arena on Jan. 20, 2006.

This is the first meeting between the teams this season, and Golden State has swept the two-game series two of the last three seasons.

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