CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 13 (Ticker) --
The Golden State Warriors
finally found someone they can pick on.
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
"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
"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
Brezec was bothered by a sore shoulder that limited him to 29
minutes and a season-low eight points.
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."