Ellis leads Golden State past Seattle
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Monta Ellis poured in a career-high 31 points
and added seven rebounds and seven assists to power Golden State to a 107-95
victory over Seattle.
Mickael Pietrus tallied 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the
Warriors, who posted their fifth straight win while sending the SuperSonics to
their third consecutive defeat.
Baron Davis played less than 18 minutes due to sore ribs and finished with
eight points for Golden State, which also got 18 points from Jason Richardson.
Mike Dunleavy had 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Golden State,
which posted its sixth consecutive victory at home. The Warriors are also 7-3
this season, their best start to a campaign since 1994-95.
“Monta stepped up huge for us tonight in Baron’s absence,” Warriors coach Don
Nelson said. He really took charge of the game.”
Ray Allen totaled 34 points and 11 rebounds for the SuperSonics, who have lost
five of the last six meetings.
“Having three guards in there kept them running,” Allen said of the Warriors.
“We needed to pack it in the paint, and not stay so spread out. They
penetrated our middle, and did it all night.”
Golden State held a 23-22 lead after one quarter, but widened that margin
considerably in the second. Eight straight points moved the lead to 40-30,
finished by a Richardson layup. The lead stood at 55-42 at halftime.
Seattle whittled the deficit to 70-65 on Allen’s three-point play with 3:22
remaining in the third, but Ellis scored a pair of buckets during a 6-0 run
and the Warriors ended the stanza ahead 76-67.
The Sonics couldn’t get closer than five points in the final period. Allen’s
two free throws made it 86-81 with 4:42 remaining, but Dunleavy and Andris
Biedrins each hit two free throws for a nine-point cushion.
Keith McLeod had 10 points, while Biedrins ended with 13 rebounds for Golden
State..Rashard Lewis scored 17 for Seattle, while Luke Ridnour had 14 and Earl