Tuesday , Nov , 29 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Davis burns ex-club as Warriors keep on winning

=== Davis burns ex-club as Warriors keep on winning ===

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis scored 17 points in his first game
versus his former team, as the Golden State Warriors continued their strong
start to the season with a 99-83 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City

Jason Richardson had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Derek Fisher also
scored 17 points for Golden State, which won its third in a row and improved
to 10-6 on the season, the team’s best start after 16 games since going 11-5
after in the 1991-92 campaign. Troy Murphy added 16 points and 10 rebounds for
the Warriors.

Davis, who was traded by the Hornets last February in exchange for Speedy
Claxton and Dale Davis, ended up donating $8,500 toward the hurricane relief
effort, $500 for every point he scored in Monday’s game. He shot 7-of-16 from
the field, but just 1-of-9 from three-point range, and also had nine assists.

“It was a great cause and I wanted to do something special for the city of New
Orleans,” Davis said. “The best thing that I could do was something for the
people of New Orleans who received and welcomed me with open arms and were
very hospitable to me while I was there.”

Chris Paul had 15 points and David West added 14 points and 11 rebounds for
the Hornets, who had a two-game win streak broken.

“We had no energy, we came out with no aggressiveness,” said Hornets head
coach Byron Scott. “For whatever reason we just didn’t play hard tonight.
There’s no reason in my mind why we had that lackadaisical effort tonight.”

The Hornets led 20-18 after one quarter, but the Warriors scored 10 straight
points in the second to push to a 30-24 advantage. Calbert Cheaney started the
spurt with three baskets and Murphy’s turnaround hook shot ended the rally
with eight minutes left until halftime.

Golden State led 46-43 at the break, but Davis picked up his third foul late
in the second quarter. However, the Warriors used a 14-4 run just after
halftime to bolt to a 60-49 advantage. Davis’ driving layup started the push,
and Mike Dunleavy’s layup ended it.

An 11-2 run later in the third pushed Golden State’s lead to 78-61 and the
Warriors led by 15 points going into the fourth. The Warriors would hold a
lead of as many as 22 points down the stretch.

Dunleavy finished with 10 points for the Warriors, while Desmond Mason and
Rasual Butler each scored 10 for the Hornets.

Game Notes

The Hornets have lost three straight at Golden State…Hornets forward Bostjan
Nachbar sprained his left knee in the first quarter and did not return…The
Warriors didn’t get their 10th win last season until their 28th game, on
December 27…The Warriors have one more game this month, versus Sacramento on
Wednesday. The 17 games in November are the most for Golden State in a month
since playing 18 in March of 2002. The Warriors are the only NBA team that
doesn’t have consecutive days off at any time during the season’s first
month…The Warriors went 18-10 in 28 games after the arrival of Davis in the
deadline day deal last season…Claxton had three points on 1-of-8 shooting
for the Hornets.