Warriors’ Hot Start Burns Blazers
Golden State 91, Portland 80
PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 18 (Ticker) -- Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors sent the Portland Trail Blazers packing on a sour note.
Richardson scored 27 points and Baron Davis added 16 and 11 assists as the Warriors posted a 91-80 triumph over the Trail Blazers, who wrapped up a 3-2 homestand.
"We just didn't have it going tonight," said Portland forward Zach Randolph, who had 13 points and 13 rebounds. "I didn't get involved as much as I would have liked and we never got into a rhythm. That's going to happen. We need to just forget about it and get focused for the road trip ahead."
Coming off a tough 90-87 home loss Wednesday to Milwaukee, Golden State started this game with an 11-2 run and never looked back, shooting 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field in the first quarter to build a 34-22 lead.
"They started off real strong and they continued to hit their shots the whole game," Telfair said. "They hit the open shots. Everything we tried, they just swung the ball and got everything they wanted tonight."
Richardson led the way in the opening 12 minutes, contributing 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-4 from the arc.
"Jason Richardson was good, and in all fairness, he should be good," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "He's a go-to guy in this league and he's a go-to guy on our team and he showed that tonight."
"It just felt real good from the beginning," Richardson said. "The first quarter was free flowing. I'm just glad I helped get our team off to a good start."
Davis' 3-pointer three minutes into the second quarter gave Golden State its biggest lead, 41-24.
The Blazers drew within 61-55 on Telfair's 3-pointer with 1:28 left in the third period, but Troy Murphy answered with a layup on the other end and Davis opened the final period with a short jumper to rebuild the lead to double digits. Portland got no closer than eight points thereafter.
"When we went on our run, they started to fight back," Telfair said. "That's when we needed to lock down and get some stops. Today we couldn't."
Contributing to Portland's frustrations was a stifling Golden State defense that forced 24 turnovers and held the Blazers to 42 percent (28-of-66) shooting.
"Everybody is worried about offense, bit it's defense that wins ballgames," Richardson said. "If we can just come with the energy and work hard on both ends of the floor, we're going to be all right."
"You can't expect to beat anyone with 24 turnovers," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "We were never in this game from the start. We just didn't come to play tonight. Richardson did anything he wanted to against us."
Murphy had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Warriors, who have alternated wins and losses in their last seven games. Darius Miles contributed 15 points and eight boards for Portland, which lost for just the third time in its last 16 home meetings with Golden State.
The Warriors improved to 3-2 on the road this season. They didn't post their third road win last season until Dec. 26.