Saturday , Jan , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Warriors, Blazers battle at The Arena

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors will try and put the brakes on a
four-game losing streak this evening when they welcome the Portland Trail
Blazers to The Arena.

Golden State’s latest setback came on Friday, as it was on the wrong end of a
106-105 overtime decision to Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers at the
Staples Center. Baron Davis had 29 points and 10 assists for the Warriors, who
have lost four in a row.

Mickael Pietrus tallied 20 points with 10 rebounds and Derek Fisher had 18
points for Golden State, losers in nine of its last 11.

Davis had a chance to give Golden State the win in regulation, but he could
not shake Bryant to get a clean look and his jumper as time expired was well
off the mark.

Then in the extra session a a Zarko Cabarkapa bucket drew the Warriors within
101-98 with 51 seconds on the clock. Smush Parker then turned the ball over
for the Lakers, giving the Warriors a chance to tie the game. However,
Pietrus’ three-pointer with 28 seconds left bounced out.

Parker then hit 1-of-2 from the line with 13.2 seconds remaining to increase
the lead to four points, 102-98, and ice the game.

Only a three-pointer by Pietrus as time expired made it a one-point game.

On the injury front, Mike Dunleavy left the game with a sprained ankle and is
questionable for tonight’s affair. Guard Jason Richardson missed last night’s
affair with a back injury and will also be a game-time decision.

Golden State, which plays four of its next five at home, is 11-12 in its arena
this season.

Portland, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note after Juan Dixon scored 26
points before being ejected late in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers
held off a late New Jersey push before downing the Nets, 88-83, on Friday at
the Rose Garden.

Dixon shot an impressive 12-of-16 from the floor before being tossed for
kicking the ball into the stands and Ruben Patterson added 14 points for
Portland, which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Sebastian Telfair and Steve Blake each finished with 11 points.

The Blazers, who will close a brief two-game road trip in Seattle on Monday,
have lost three straight and nine of 11 on the road and are 4-14 away from
home this season.

Golden State topped Portland earlier in the year and has won the last three
and five of the last nine meetings. The Blazers, though, have won four of six
and eight of their last 12 in Oakland.