NBA Game Summary - Portland at Golden State
(Saturday, January 28th)
Final Score: Golden State 98, Portland 83
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Baron Davis dropped a double-double on Portland with a game-high 29 points and 16 assists as Golden State bested the Trail Blazers, 98-83, at The Arena.
"I think we played tough opponents and they outexecuted us down the stretch and they played with a little bit more fire," Davis said. "Tonight was the total opposite. We were the ones playing with fire down the stretch, getting our hands on loose balls and that's why we were able to be victorious tonight."
Mickael Pietrus and Monta Ellis each added 14 points for the Warriors, who halted a four-game skid. Troy Murphy chipped in with 11 points and 21 rebounds, while Derek Fisher had 10 in the win.
"I was waiting for this time to come and it finally came so I just made the most of it," said Ellis. "We got two key guys out so I just tried to come off the bench and give the team that fire and keep the intensity for us."
Juan Dixon netted 21 points for Portland, which lost for the third time in their last four outings. Sebastian Telfair tallied 12 points, while Jarrett Jack and Travis Outlaw both had 10 off the bench in the loss.
"We came out flat today," said Dixon. "We have been at home for awhile but it's no excuse for us to come out like we did. They went on an early run and maintained that energy the rest of the game. We have to come out with a better effort next game. Baron is one of the better guards in the league. He is probably one of the top three point guards. He is a great passer and he can also defend. I tip my hat to Baron, he had a great day."
Davis' triple from the right wing with just 1.7 seconds remaining in the third quarter made sure the Warriors would take an 11-point advantage, 78-67, into the final frame.
Golden State then continued to extend the lead in the fourth quarter. Ellis' running jumper swelled the Warriors' cushion to 91-75, with under eight minutes left in the game.
The two teams went scoreless for over three minutes until Murphy's bank shot made it 93-75 with 4:03 left.
The Blazers tried to make a move with consecutive buckets. First, Outlaw got loose for a reverse dunk and then Dixon drained a jumper to bring Portland to within 14, 93-79, with 2:53 showing on the clock.
A minute later Ike Diogu dashed any hope of a miracle comeback by getting loose inside for a three-point play that put Golden State up, 96-79, and sealed the game.
The Warriors used a stifling defense to race out to a 26-12 edge after one quarter. Portland settled themselves in the second frame but were still trailing 55-44, at the half.
Davis paced the Warriors with 14 points while Jack and Outlaw both had eight points off the bench to lead the Blazers.
Ellis' 14 points were a career high...Portland's number one offensive threat, Zach Randolph, was just 3-of-12 from the floor and had only seven points...The Warriors dominated the boards with a 52-34 edge...Golden State is now 12-12 in its arena this season...The Blazers, who will close a brief two- game road trip in Seattle on Monday, have lost four straight and 10 of 12 on the road and are 4-15 away from home this season.
01/29 01:55:16 ET