OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Steve Francis prefers a balanced stat
sheet to one loaded only with points. Suffice to say he was
satisfied Friday night.
Francis scored a season-high 36 points and also finished with
eight rebounds and eight assists in the Magic's fifth win in six
games, 113-109 over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night.
Francis shot 11-for-26 and made all 14 of his free throws,
carrying the load as Grant Hill sat out with a badly bruised right
shin. Francis had only one turnover.
"It's not always about scoring," Francis said. "It was good.
I was happy. It's always tough to win on the road. I think it can
help us learn to close out games on the road."
The teams traded leads early in the fourth quarter, then Francis
scored six points during an 11-0 run that gave the Magic a 103-95
lead with 5:22 left. Richardson pulled the Warriors to 105-103 on a
15-footer with 2:58 to go, then scored again less than a minute
later to tie it.
Richardson hit a 3 with 32.9 seconds remaining to make it
109-108 Magic, then Francis made two free throws on the other end
after Mike Dunleavy fouled with 22.5 seconds left following a
miscommunication with the Golden State bench.
"We weren't sure what we were doing," first-year Warriors
coach Mike Montgomery said. "But don't put that on Mike. That was
my fault for not being clear at communicating."
Stacey Augmon started in Hill's place and scored 13 points,
making four free throws in the final 1:27.
"Stacey Augmon won the game for us," Francis said.
Richardson finished with 27 points, Dunleavy scored 22 points
and Speedy Claxton had 19 points and five assists for the Warriors,
who blew their second straight game late.
"We've been close. I'm tired of being close," Richardson said.
"I want to win. It's time to win. It's the time in the season we
should have things together."
Troy Murphy had his ninth double-double of the season with 10
points and 15 rebounds.
Orlando shot 47.7 percent and reached the midway point of its
season-long, six-game road trip by beating Golden State for the
eighth time in 10 meetings.
The Magic used a big second half to do it. Orlando began the
second half with an 11-1 run, getting four points from Francis.
"That's every day he does that," Mobley said of Francis' big
game. "That's nothing new."
Hill missed a game for the first time this season as a
"I'll be back," he said before the game. "I won't be out
The Magic forward sustained a contusion on his shin when he was
kicked during Monday's 115-102 loss at Denver, the first stop of
Orlando's six-game road trip. The shin improved Tuesday and Hill
played Wednesday and scored 18 points in a 106-100 win at Utah. But
the Magic don't want him to favor his right side and put more
pressure on his surgically repaired left ankle.
The Warriors made 15 of their first 25 shots and led by as many
as 13 in the first quarter. Richardson scored six straight points
to make it 12-2.
The Warriors shot 64.1 percent in the first half and held a
65-64 lead at the break.
Once Golden State finally started missing, Orlando was able to
establish the up-tempo game it thrives on.
"It's a win that you just have to go within yourself to find
what you need, and we did that," coach Johnny Davis said.
Richardson had his ninth 20-point game of the season. ...
The Magic activated F Pat Garrity and placed F Brandon Hunter on
the injured list with a hyperextended right elbow. ... Montgomery
wishes he knew why Golden State has struggled late in several
games. The Warriors lost 118-104 at Phoenix on Tuesday despite
leading for much of the game -- and the same thing happened again.
"One thing we've been guilty of is staying conservative,"
Montgomery said. "You've got to believe in what you can do at the
end of the game." ... Orlando is 7-10 all-time in Oakland but has
won the last 11 meetings with the Warriors at home.