Called up from D-League Santa Cruz earlier in the day, center/forward Hilton Armstrong saw his first NBA action in two years on Wednesday night helping the Warriors pull off a 95-93 comeback victory over the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.
Wearing No. 57 - the first player in league history to do so - in honor of his daughter's birthday (May 7), Armstrong, 29, grabbed three rebounds and blocked a Monta Ellis shot in seven minutes of floor time.
Regarding the block on the former Warriors star guard he said post-game:
My hand was in the right place at the right time...just got my hands up & got a piece of it."
Head coach Mark Jackson was pleased with Armstrong's game saying afterward:
I thought he did a good job of holding the fort down, rebounding, setting screens...Just being a glue guy out there."
The 6-11, 235-pound big last played for the Atlanta Hawks in 2011 and spent last season with Santa Cruz.
The UConn product was originally the 12th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets and later spent time with the Kings, Rockets and Wizards. He's also played professionally in France, Greece and China.
He was signed by Golden State to backup Andrew Bogut amid injuries to centers Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) and Ognjen Kuzmic (broken finger).