NBA Game Summary - Golden State at Toronto
(Sunday, November 18th)
Final Score: Golden State 106, Toronto 100
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Baron Davis scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists while keying a fourth-quarter Golden State comeback in the Warriors' 106-100 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto had led for most of the game and almost the entire second half before Davis jump-started a 22-6 Golden State spurt that provided the win. Down 89-84 with under 11 minutes to go, he found Austin Croshere for a lay-in, then hit a jumper. Juan Dixon dropped a floater, but Davis answered with a three and a hesitation dribble for a lefty layup to tie the game at 91.
Croshere's three and an Andris Biedrins tip-in gave the Warriors a 98-94 lead with just over three minutes on the clock. Chris Bosh hit one of two free throws for Toronto, but Davis found Kelenna Azubuike for a three and then hit a turnaround jumper for a 103-95 advantage.
The Raptors had their chances in the final minute and a half, but continued to fire long jump shots that didn't fall, and never pulled closer than six.
Biedrins scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Stephen Jackson and Azubuike finished with 17 and 16, respectively
Jackson was playing in his first game of the season after serving a league- issued seven-game suspension for his legal troubles.
The Warriors have won two in a row following their six-game season-opening losing streak, and will continue their five-game East Coast swing in New York Tuesday.
"We knew that it was going to be a tough game against a tough team," said Davis. "They spread the court and they really share the ball. We are in a catch-22. Either we let T.J. Ford get off or let Bosh get off. T.J. Ford had a wonderful game. He did all that he could to keep them in it. We just beared down at the end of the game and got some stops, hit some shots."
Ford had 29 points and nine assists for the Raptors, and Andrea Bargnani chipped in 12, but Toronto hit just 4-of-22 three-pointers - including 1-of-10 in the fourth - on its way to a second loss in its last three games.
Bosh finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, but hit just 4-of-12 from the floor and 3-of-6 from the foul line.
"You have to give them credit," said Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell. "Obviously we didn't score. We didn't make shots and we need to look at the tapes and see. We took a few bad ones. We didn't make any shots and we didn't play with any pressure on defense, or driving to the basket. They gave the ball to Baron Davis and Kelenna Azubuike was getting to the basket. At the last minute they made some shots."
Golden State got out to a 19-8 first-quarter lead, but Ford scored 13 in the stanza to keep the Raptors close, and they trailed just 32-29 heading into the second.
Croshere's jumper with a little more than six minutes to go in the half gave the Warriors a 48-39 lead, but Toronto scored 10 straight to take a one-point edge and led 61-58 at the half.
Azubuike tied the game at 69 with 8:33 to go in the third, but the Raptors responded with six unanswered and played front-runner for the rest of the quarter. Ford continued to create offense, getting Bosh and Bargnani involved, and then hitting a pair of pull-up jumpers to give the Raptors an 88-80 lead to close out the period.
Golden State has won four of the last five meetings with the Raptors...Toronto was without forwards Joey Graham and Jorge Garbajosa, as well as center Rasho Nesterovic. Nesterovic will miss one to two weeks with a grade two sprain of his right ankle.
11/18 17:43:11 ET