Davis leads Warriors past Magic
Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Baron Davis struck for a season-high 38 points
and nine assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 117-108 win over the
Trevor Ariza had a career-high 23 points and Jameer Nelson scored 22, but the
Magic, who had won their previous two games, were unable to hold on for their
third straight win. Grant Hill scored 21 points and doled out seven assists,
and Dwight Howard scored 15 points and grabbed 13 boards in the loss.
Mike Dunleavy and Monta Ellis provided some major sparks off the bench,
scoring 21 and 18 points, respectively. Mickael Pietrus scored 15 points for
Golden State, which has won two straight after dropping three in a row to
start this six-game road trip.
Golden State pulled away late in the fourth, with Dunleavy draining two threes
in the last two minutes, the second putting the Warriors up 112-104 with 51
seconds remaining, effectively icing the game.
A Travis Diener three had brought the Magic to within 90-89 with 9:03 left,
but the Warriors responded with a 10-3 run, taking a 100-92 lead on a Davis
layup with 5:19 left.
The Warriors managed to take the lead on a 13-5 push early in the third
quarter, with a Matt Barnes dunk putting the Warriors up 61-60 with just under
eight minutes left in the third. Golden State pushed the lead up to seven, but
Orlando took an 81-80 lead into the fourth quarter after Ariza converted a
three-point play with 18 seconds left in the third.
The Magic started hot, scoring the game’s first eight points, and led 13-5
after Nelson drilled a three with 9:29 left in the first quarter. The Warriors
responded with a 14-6 run, tying the game at 19-19 on a driving layup by Ellis
with just over three minutes left in the first. Orlando closed the quarter on
a 12-4 run, though, and took a 31-23 lead into the second quarter.
Orlando could only draw iron early in the second, missing 11 of its first 12
shots from the field, but Golden State didn’t fare much better, and still
trailed 35-30 after Keyon Dooling ended the Magic drought with a jumper with
just under eight minutes left. The Orlando lead stood at 52-48 at halftime.
Golden State’s Andris Biedrins fell hard on his side after fighting for a
rebound, and limped off of the court. He did not return…Golden State had
lost 12 of 13 in Orlando coming into the game…Golden State’s bench, led by
Dunleavy and Ellis, outscored Orlando’s, 47-25.