Ellis, Warriors Outrun Sonics
Posted Nov 19 2006 2:12AM
Golden State 107, Seattle 95
Life sure is good for Golden State's 21-year-old phenom these days.
When Baron Davis took a blow to the ribs and then a seat on the bench, Ellis took over.
The second-year pro scored a career-high 31 points, matched his career high with seven assists and also grabbed seven rebounds, leading the Warriors to their sixth straight home win, a 107-95 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.
``That's really part of my job,'' Ellis said. ``I'm a point guard. It's the role I have to play. It's just like old times. That's how I took it ... high school.''
Yes, Ellis was in high school only last year. Trading baskets with All-Star Ray Allen? No problem.
Perhaps Davis isn't the Warriors only player who can dominate a game.
``I think he can be. He doesn't realize how good he is,'' Biedrins said. ``Lucky guy, from high school.''
Allen had a season-high 34 points and 11 rebounds for Seattle, which lost its third straight and had a three-game road winning streak snapped. Allen pulled the Sonics within 70-65 on a three-point play with 3:22 remaining in the third, but they didn't come closer than that.
Mickael Pietrus had 19 points and a career-best 12 rebounds in the Warriors' fifth consecutive victory overall. Golden State has won six straight at home for the first time since a seven-game winning streak from March 15-April 6, 2004.
Davis, coming off a season-high 36-point, career-best 18-assist performance Thursday night in a 117-105 win against the Sacramento Kings, was banged in the ribs in the second quarter. He sat out all but 15 seconds in the second period, then briefly tried to play in the third before taking a seat for the rest of the game.
He was held to eight points on 4-of-6 shooting and saw his stretch of six straight 20-point games end, his longest such run since seven consecutive contests with 20 or more points from March 10-21, 2004. Davis scored 35 points against the Sonics in their last meeting, on Feb. 1.
``There are always good things to pull from, but defensively we need to go out and get stops,'' Allen said.
Jason Richardson made a pretty two-handed reverse slam dunk in the first half and finished with 18 points for the confident Warriors, who are in the midst of a season-high, seven-game homestand. Golden State is desperate to end an NBA-worst 12-year playoff drought with coach Don Nelson in charge.
``You have to stop them and play defense in spurts at least and continue to score, or they are going to be tough to beat,'' Sonics coach Bob Hill said.
The Warriors came in having averaged 114.8 points and 51.7 percent from the field over their previous four games - and Ellis, who just turned 21 last month, is a big reason for the scoring success.
``He was hitting big shots. He was tough to guard,'' Ridnour said. ``We kept fighting back but they made plays at the end.''
Ellis continues to be a reliable option and make a huge impact at a young age. A member of the final class of high school players allowed in the NBA draft last year, Ellis is the only Warriors player to score in double figures in every game. He scored back-to-back baskets in the closing minutes Saturday after Allen pulled Seattle to 90-84.
Ellis received a warm ovation from the crowd of 17,205 when he left the game with 12.8 seconds to go.
``Well, we needed some help and Monta was the man who stepped up,'' Nelson said. ``Monta was the guy.''
Golden State played without forward Troy Murphy because of a left calf injury related to soreness he already was nursing in his Achilles' tendon. He is scheduled to practice Sunday with the intent he would play in Monday night's home game against the Phoenix Suns.
The Warriors came out cold from the floor, starting the game 1-for-7, but regrouped to build a 55-42 halftime lead.
Notes: Pietrus visited the Sonics' locker room postgame to get some shoes autographed by Allen. ... Allen's second basket of the game in the first quarter moved him past former Sonic Detlef Schrempf and into sole possession of 80th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list. ... The Sonics attempted more free throws than their opponent (25-24) for only the fourth time in 11 games this season. They shot 56 percent (14-for-25) from the line after having topped 80 percent on free throws in nine of their first 10 games. ... The Warriors have won their last three meetings at home with the Sonics.
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