OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 27 (Ticker) --
The starting lineup answered
the call and Earl Boykins
continued to spark the Golden State
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scored 22 points, Troy Murphy
collected 19 and a
career-high 16 rebounds and Boykins scored 10 of his 16 points
in the fourth quarter as the Warriors ended an eight-game losing
streak against the Toronto Raptors with a 101-96 victory.
The Warriors are the only team to use the same starting lineup
in every game this season. But with his team having dropped
five of its previous six games, first-year coach Eric Musselman
has hinted he may tinker with the lineup of Murphy, Arenas,
, Erick Dampier
and Jason Richardson
"Why would we change the lineup?" Musselman asked. "We won and
we won the first quarter by four points and we won every quarter
with the exception of the third quarter. They made a little
run. We'll go with that starting lineup tomorrow night in Los
Angeles. I don't think there's any question we'll go with what
we had tonight. We just discussed it and it was overblown into
this huge headline for some reason."
Arenas made 6-of-15 shots from the field, five nights after a
2-of-10 performance at Sacramento. He also was 8-of-8 from the
free-throw line, dished out six assists and grabbed eight
Dampier's 16 points exceeded his total for the previous three
games. But his biggest contribution was in the paint, where he
grabbed eight rebounds and helped the Warriors to a 55-41
advantage on the glass.
Golden State withstood a third-quarter run by the Raptors and
held them without a basket for 5:32 late in the fourth, using an
11-3 run to turn an 86-84 deficit into 95-89 lead with 1:24 to
The Warriors took a 58-52 lead into the locker room as they shot
49 percent (22-of-45) and outrebounded the Raptors, 31-16.
But they slumped to 5-of-20 in the third quarter, while Toronto
went 10-of-24 and took a 77-76 lead into the final period.
Toronto built the lead to 82-78 just 57 seconds into the fourth
quarter on Alvin Williams
' 3-pointer. But the Raptors committed
turnovers on their next two possessions before Williams
misfired on a 3-pointer.
ended the drought with a driving layup at 8:26 to
make it 84-80, but Arenas answered with a layup through
After Williams missed another 3-pointer, Peterson's short jumper
gave Toronto its last lead, 86-84, with 6:56 remaining.
A miss by Peterson started the Raptors' drought that ended with
84 seconds to play on a 3-pointer by Hunter that trimmed the
deficit to 95-89.
But Boykins converted six straight foul shots to seal the win.
Like he did in the Warriors' last win, Boykins came up big at
both ends of the court. His biggest shot of the night came with
2:17 remaining, when he leaned back and hit a mid-range jumper
with one second on the shot clock to give Golden State a 95-86
Jamison struggled to get any offensive rhythm, scoring a
season-low seven points on 2-of-10 shooting in 42 minutes. But
he hounded Peterson all night, holding him to 14 points on
5-of-19 shooting, and his one-handed dunk over Jerome Williams
made it 91-86 with 1:39 left.
"We continually talk about Jamison's defense being underrated
the last month of the season and he continues to work and we
were proud of him," Musselman said. "The funny thing was we
were going to keep going to him. You look at the stat sheet and
he was 1-for-10 before that dunk and we continued to go to him
because we had confidence in him."
"I'm just letting people know that I am a good defender and it
doesn't matter who I am playing against. I can really put the
clamps on them," Jamison said. "It just really took me some
deep soul-searching to realize that, and I just made a big
emphasis to come out and no matter who I'm playing or who I'm
going against, I'm going to be a good defender."
and Alvin Williams
paced Toronto with 17 points
apiece. But Lenard scored just three after halftime as the
Raptors shot 29 percent (6-of-21) in the fourth quarter and 39
percent (35-of-91) overall.
"It has been like that in the fourth quarter the last couple of
game, where it comes down to the fourth quarter and a couple of
possessions change the game," Peterson said. "We just have to
search for some answers and see what we are doing wrong. We
just have to limit our mistakes to keep us in the game."