CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 13 (Ticker) -- The Golden State Warriors finally found someone they can pick on.

Jason Richardson scored 27 points and Troy Murphy had his second straight double-double as the Warriors posted a 103-87 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats, their first this season and coach Mike Montgomery's first in the NBA.

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It feels like we won a national championship," said Montgomery, who came to the Warriors after 18 years at Stanford. "There was a huge elephant in the room and the thing was getting bigger by the game. We just needed a win, and I thought the guys came out and focused pretty well."

Golden State entered the game as the worst shooting team in the league at 34.8 percent but shot 52 percent (41-of-78) from the floor vs Charlotte. The Warriors raced to a 51-34 halftime lead in avoiding their first 0-7 start since 1997.

Richardson and Murphy were both signed to multi-year extensions November 1 but have been inconsistent during Golden State's rough start. Richardson was 1-of-9 from the floor in the club's 29-point loss to Memphis on Friday but was 11-of-21 in this one.

"This was a must win for us," Richardson said. "We gave our best and played hard. We played with a sense of urgency. You got to find a way to bring it every night."

Richardson hit a 3-pointer to cap a 15-5 first-half run that gave the Warriors a 32-18 advantage early in the second period. During the run, which lasted nearly eight minutes, the Bobcats did not have a basket.

"I think one of the problems that we've had with our shooting is that they are tight," Montgomery said. "What we did talk about was forgetting about that and trying to win it on defense."

Murphy, who entered the contest shooting just 32 percent (29-of-90), made 9-of-13 shots. He scored 22 points - two shy of his career high - and grabbed 16 rebounds.

"We got some easy ones at the beginning and got a little run and I think that made a difference in settling us down," Murphy said.

"Murphy and those guys were getting out and they wanted the basketball game more than we wanted the basketball game," Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said.

Charlotte lost rookie Emeka Okafor and fellow starter Jason Hart with sprained ankles. Okafor left in the second quarter and Hart early in the third. Neither returned.

"We looked down the bench at one time and we had two guys," Bickerstaff said. "(Tamar) Slay had to go throw up and Jason Hart, Emeka and Primoz Brezec were gone. We're somewhat decimated."

Brezec was bothered by a sore shoulder that limited him to 29 minutes and a season-low eight points.

Gerald Wallace picked up the slack with a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds, notching his second double-double of the season. Eddie House scored 20 points for Charlotte, which never got closer than eight points in the second half.

"We started off slow," Wallace said. "Mentally, we weren't in the game. In the second half, we got our confidence up and made a run, but in this league you can't start off games like that."