Davis, Murphy Help Warriors Snap Skid
Golden State 98, Portland 83
OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 28 (Ticker) -- With Baron Davis controlling the pace and Troy Murphy the glass, the Golden State Warriors found a way back into the win column.
Davis collected 29 points and 16 assists and Murphy added 11 and 21 rebounds as the Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 98-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.
"We talked about how good that guy is," Portland coach Nate McMillan said. "He totally controlled the game, I thought, throughout the night."
"Baron is one of the better guards in the league," Blazers guard Juan Dixon said. "He is probably one of the top three point guards. He is a great passer and he can also defend. ... He had a great day."
Thanks to Murphy, the Warriors dominated the glass, outrebounding the Trail Blazers, 52-34, as they posted a wire-to-wire victory.
"I've been a good rebounder since I came into the league, but I hadn't had the big nights like I had last year and I wanted to get back to it," Murphy said. "I'm getting offensive rebounds and I'm going to the glass more and getting tip-ins, and I think that really helps it."
Golden State stormed out to a 13-1 lead and took a 26-12 advantage into the second quarter behind seven points from Mickael Pietrus.
The Warriors saw their lead reduced to five points midway through the third quarter but pushed it to 78-67 entering the fourth period and led by as many as 18 points down the stretch.
"I think we played tough opponents and they out-executed us down the stretch and they played with a little bit more fire," Davis said. "Tonight was the total opposite. We were the ones playing with fire down the stretch, getting our hands on loose balls."
Another Warrior to have an excellent game was rookie guard Monta Ellis, who scored a season-high 14 points in 27 minutes off the bench.
"It feels good getting my career high," Ellis said. "I was waiting for this time to come and it finally came, so I just made the most of it. We got two key guys out (Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy Jr.), so I just tried to come off the bench and give the team that fire and keep the intensity for us."
Dixon scored 21 points to pace Portland, which had won five of its previous seven games.
"We came out flat today," Dixon said. "We have been at home for a while but it's no excuse for us to come out like we did. They went on an early run and maintained that energy the rest of the game. We have to come out with a better effort next game."
The Warriors improved to 2-0 against the Blazers this season and 20-23 overall. Golden State didn't win its 20th game last season until March 12.