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Richardson, Robinson give Warriors lift

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors finally put
together a strong second half and avoided becoming the first team
to lose at home to the Charlotte Bobcats.

Jason Richardson scored 24 points to help the Warriors keep the
Bobcats winless on the road with a 99-87 victory on Sunday night.

"This was a game unlike any we've had this year where we played
well in the second half," Troy Murphy said. "There are no easy
wins in this league."

Murphy had 17 points for the Warriors, who outscored Charlotte
53-35 in the second half. Cliff Robinson added a season-high 21
points, Speedy Claxton had 18 points and seven steals and Mike
Dunleavy grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds.

"A lot of games have been close enough at the end and we can't
pull it off," Richardson said. "To fight for the lead and gain it
is good for us."

Emeka Okafor had 21 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who
lost their fourth straight and fell to 0-10 away from home.

"It's a loss but we're competitive," Okafor said. "It's great
entertainment. It's not 'ho-hum, trying to stay awake.' Sooner or
later we have to pull out some of these darn wins."

Okafor has recorded 10 straight double-doubles, the longest
streak by a rookie since Tim Duncan had 10 straight in 1997-98.
Shaquille O'Neal had a 15-game streak in the 1992-93 season.

Jason Kapano added 17 points for Charlotte, while the newly
acquired Kareem Rush had 13.

"We started a little flat but our back-ups gave us some good
energy," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "They hustled
up and down the floor and we needed that."

Charlotte point guard Brevin Knight dished out 11 assists in
front of his former coach. Knight was Montgomery's first major
recruit at Stanford and helped lead the Cardinal into the Sweet 16
for the first time in school history during his senior year.

The Bobcats lost guard Keith Bogans with 8 minutes left when he
was helped off the court with a sprained right ankle.

The Warriors can empathize with the Bobcats and their futility
on the road. They're one of four teams with only one road victory,
and that came at Charlotte on Nov. 13, Montgomery's first NBA
victory.

Golden State overcame a 10-point deficit to take the lead late
in the third quarter, 67-64, on Murphy's three-point play with 4:27
left. The Warriors took advantage of seven Charlotte turnovers in
the first eight minutes of the second half. The Bobcats committed
26 for the game.

"When we needed to be good, we were bad," Charlotte coach
Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We ended with 26 (turnovers) and we've
been averaging about 10 on this road trip."

Charlotte led for most of the first half, taking the lead late
in the first quarter when Gerald Wallace, who had a career-high 13
rebounds, hit an 18-foot jumper for a 21-19 advantage.

The Warriors were within a point several times but Charlotte,
which shot over 51 percent in the half, was able to extend its lead
to 52-46 at the intermission.

"We just made some adjustments," Richardson said. "They were
playing with a little more energy than us and we picked it up in
the second half. The whole team did a good job of pressuring them
and getting turnovers."

Game notes
Warriors G Derek Fisher was placed on the injured list with
a sprained right knee. G Luis Flores was activated from the injured
list to take Fisher's place on the roster. ... Wallace played in
his first game since sustaining a concussion during practice on
Dec. 2. ... Richardson has scored in double figures in 19 of 20
games. ... Charlotte used its 10th different starting lineup of the
season.