Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Game 2: Tuesday, February 8th

Magic 113

(13-6, 6-4 away)

Warriors 109

(5-14, 4-7 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 10, 2004

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    ORL 24 40 20 29113
    GS 34 31 19 25109

    Top Performers

    Orlando: S. Francis 36 Pts, 8 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: J. Richardson 27 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Blk


    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."

    Tony Battie had 16 points and matched his career high with 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the year, Cuttino Mobley added 15 points and Hedo Turkoglu scored 14 off the bench.

    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 precautionary move.

    "I'll be back," he said before the game. "I won't be out long."

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 113 109
    FGM-FGA 42-88 (.477) 41-80 (.513)
    3PM-3PA 5-13 (.385) 8-17 (.471)
    FTM-FTA 24-27 (.889) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-43 9-38
    Assists 13 22
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 5 5
    Blocks 3 6
    Fast Break Points 9 18
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 14

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Steve Francis Francis
    Points: 36
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 27
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3