Davis, Warriors pound Pistons
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Baron Davis notched 20 points, nine assists and
five steals as the Golden State Warriors pounded the Detroit Pistons, 111-79,
at Oracle Arena.
Jason Richardson, who sat out Thursday’s 121-116 victory over New
Orleans/Oklahoma City after experiencing stiffness in his surgically-repaired
left knee, posted 16 points and nine rebounds in his return.
Andris Biedrins and Mickael Pietrus both netted 13 points for the Warriors,
who have won three of four. Monta Ellis scored 12 points and Troy Murphy added
eight points and 10 boards.
Lindsey Hunter scored 14 points for the Pistons, who have split their last
four games. Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince and Jason Maxiell each had 11
points in the loss.
Detroit was without one of its top scorers as shooting guard Richard Hamilton
missed the contest with a hyperextended right elbow.
Golden State exploded for a 29-8 run to open the game, capped by a pair of
Richardson free throws with 3:29 remaining, and led 32-16 heading into the
The Warriors kept the momentum going through the second, as they opened the
period on a 10-2 spurt capped by an Ellis layup. Golden State staked a 57-32
In the third, Golden State added six more points to its lead, and another in
the fourth for the final margin.
Golden State guard Dajuan Wagner appeared in his first NBA game since Dec. 18,
2004 and scored four points…Detroit had a five-game win streak over the
Warriors snapped…Golden State’s previous victory in the series came on
November 12, 2003, when the Warriors pulled out an 87-85 overtime decision at
home…The Pistons had also won their last two in Oakland after losing four
consecutive games to Golden State as the road team.