Davis, Warriors Roll Past Hornets
Golden State 99, New Orleans/Oklahoma City 83
OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 28 (Ticker) -- Baron Davis helped beat his former team and also helped his former community.
Davis, Derek Fisher and Jason Richardson scored 17 points each and were among five players in double figures as the Golden State Warriors won their third consecutive game, a 99-83 victory over the New Orleans Hornets.
A two-time All-Star with the Hornets, Davis pledged $500 for every point he scored Monday to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, which forced the Hornets out of New Orleans this season. The Golden State Warriors Foundation matched the $8,500 raised by Davis, making the total contribution $17,000.
"It was a great cause, and I wanted to do something special for the city of New Orleans," Davis said. "The best thing that I could do was something for the people of New Orleans, who received and welcomed me with open arms and were very hospitable to me while I was there."
Leading 46-43 at the half, Golden State shot 58 percent (11-of-19) from the floor and made all five shots beyond from the arc in the third quarter to pull away. Fisher hit three 3-pointers to spark the Warriors to a 28-16 run in the final 10 minutes of the period, pushing the lead to 78-63.
"We're a better second-half team in general, but we played to their tempo in the first half," Davis said. "In the second half, we wanted to get out and force the tempo and let our defense generate points for us offensively."
"We played better in the second half," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We played better defensively, didn't give up anything cheap. Again, (Derek Fisher) was huge from outside. We want to play better basketball than that, but it's nice to be able to win when you're not playing your best basketball."
Off to its best 16-game start since 1991-1992, Golden State (10-6) posted its fourth win in the last 15 meetings with the Hornets and can tie a franchise record with 11 November victories by defeating Sacramento on Wednesday.
"I'm happy that we're there (with 10 wins), but there are definitely some games that stick out in your mind that we lost," Warriors forward Troy Murphy said. "Ten wins is a good month, I'll take that."
Murphy scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while Mike Dunleavy, Jr. added 10 points for the Warriors, who had a 47-42 rebounding edge.
"They're not in the top tier teams, but (those) are wins we need to get at home," Dunleavy said. "That's what it's going to take, so hopefully we can continue this win streak here as we have a whole bunch of home games coming up. That'll be nice to carry through."
Rookie Chris Paul scored 15 points and David West collected 14 and 11 boards for the Hornets, who lost for just the second time in six contests.
"We came out flat," Paul said. "We were down three at the half, we weren't playing well. When we came out in the third quarter, they made a huge surge and that was pretty much it."
"I thought we (stunk)," Hornets coach Byron Scott added. "We had no energy, we came out with no aggressiveness. For whatever reason, we just didn't play hard tonight. There's no reason in my mind why we had that lackadaisical effort tonight."