Richardson leads Warriors over Rockets; McGrady injured
Houston, TX (Sports Network) – Jason Richardson finished with 27 points and
nine rebounds to lead the Golden State Warriors past the Houston Rockets,
110-99, at the Toyota Center.
Baron Davis posted a double-double with 25 points and 10 assists while Stephen
Jackson netted 17 for the Warriors, who remained 1 1/2 games behind the
Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
The Rockets played most of the game without their main scoring weapon, as
Tracy McGrady left midway through the first quarter with back stiffness and
did not register a point.
“My back has been stiff for about a week now and it’s just getting worse,”
Luther Head carried the load, setting career highs with seven three-pointers
made and 30 points overall for Houston, which currently holds the No. 5 seed.
Rafer Alston donated 18 points, while Shane Battier tallied 17.
The Warriors opened up a 57-52 halftime lead behind 18 points from Davis, and
continued to stretch that advantage in the second half.
The Rockets had actually pulled to within one at 69-68 following a pair of Yao
Ming free throws with 4:20 left in the third quarter, but Golden State lashed
back with a 12-2 run to push the lead to double-digits. Al Harrington had five
points in the surge, which Richardson capped with a three-point play to make
After three quarters, the Warriors owned an 84-72 advantage.
The lead was built to 16 points with only 7:16 remaining in the game, but Head
led a 15-3 charge from there that sliced the deficit to four. Head hit three
triples in that span, and Juwan Howard scored on a hook shot with 2:36 left
that made it 100-96.
Jackson countered with a three-pointer on the next possession, though, and
Golden State scored 10 of the final 15 points to secure the win.
“This was a much-needed win,” Jackson said. “We are playing for something.”
Yao took just four shots, and finished with nine points and 11
rebounds…Harrington had 15 points, and Monta Ellis notched 14 for Golden
State…The Warriors committed just 10 turnovers to Houston’s 23.