Warriors Sink 17 Threes in Victory
Golden State 108, Toronto 98
TORONTO, Dec. 16 (Ticker) -- Baron Davis and Jason Richardson made sure that the Golden State Warriors started their East Coast swing on the right foot.
Davis had 20 points and 11 assists and Richardson scored 23 points as the Warriors sank a season-high 17 3-pointers in a 108-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors that opened a five-game trip.
Golden State ended the third quarter on a 14-5 run and took a 78-66 advantage into the final period. Davis scored nine points in the third quarter.
"In the second half, I thought we were able to run a of different plays to keep them off balance and keep them guessing it allowed a lot of guys to get open and get good penetration," said Davis, who made 3-of-4 3-pointers.
After a surge by the Raptors, Richardson drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner with 5:59 remaining to give Golden State a 90-80 lead.
"We were penetrating and kicking the ball out I think the way we got a lot of our threes was good ball rotation," said Richardson, who made 7-of-16 shots. "We've got a lot of guys that can shoot them."
Davis found Troy Murphy for dagger 3-pointer that pushed the advantage to 101-87 with three minutes to play.
"We moved the ball good and we got open shots, shooting open shots rather than contested jumpers. That made a big difference," said Murphy, who nailed 3-of-4 from long range.
Derek Fisher scored 21 points and Murphy had 20 and eight rebounds for the Warriors, who went 17-of-29 from the arc. Zarko Cabarkapa scored a season-best 13 points off the bench.
"It's really been our bench that has been doing a good job for us and giving us a chance to win," said Fisher, who added six assists. "Tonight we got off to a slow start and the bench came in and picked up the intensity and activity on the defensive end."
"Everyone talks about Baron and Jason (and) rightly so, but Derek been huge for us," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "(He's) given us another option off the bench and he's been shooting the ball extremely well."
Chris Bosh had 27 points and eight rebounds and rookie Charlie Villanueva collected 18 and nine for Toronto, which committed 16 turnovers.
"Every game we always like to have a quarter back. It's the same thing every day," said Bosh, who added three blocked shots. "We have to focus in on one specific thing that we are doing and we have to realize it, because it's always one to two quarters where we fall short."
The Raptors have lost four of five and 10 of 13.