ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A little perseverance paid off for the
Golden State Warriors.
"It's been tough for us, because there's a lot of games where
we gave a good effort only to come out on the short end," said
Derek Fisher, who added 25 points. "It feels good to get this win.
A lot of times when your effort isn't rewarded, you start to get
Coach Mike Montgomery added: "We just aren't getting positive
feedback, and a win on the road was huge for us."
The Warriors, who had lost 17 of 19 games, also snapped an
11-game losing streak in Orlando.
"I reminded the guys we hadn't won here in 13 years," said
Richardson, who had 11 rebounds. "Guys didn't know that and it
really woke them up."
Golden State shot 47.6 percent, the first time in nine games it
topped 45 percent, and enjoyed its season high for scoring in a
"We played their (fast) pace and got up and down with them,"
Richardson said. "They really allowed guys to penetrate and that's
what we did. When they stopped our penetration, we kicked it out to
the open man."
Down the stretch, Montgomery went almost exclusively to the
two-man game of Richardson outside and Adonal Foyle inside.
Foyle scored 13 of his season-best 15 in the fourth quarter, and
his free throw with 1:07 remaining snapped a 107-all tie. After
Grant Hill missed a jumper, Richardson's layup put the Warriors up
by three with 14.4 seconds left.
Richardson shot 11-for-22 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the
line. Foyle made six of nine shots, but missed four of seven free
"We were playing a 2-5 pick, and they were really keying in on
me," Richardson said. "So, we had to get it into the big fella
down there. He did his job, got the ball and made some big shots
The Magic have lost four of five.
Orlando has struggled against bad teams, with nine of their 23
losses to teams with records currently below .500. But Steve
Francis was on target when he called this their "most degrading
loss of the season."
"I don't think guys came focused," said Francis, who had 21
points, six rebounds and six assists before fouling out.
"Defensively, we didn't have any intensity.
"I'm tired of doing this by myself. I'm the only one who's mad
out there. We've got to have other guys step up and be physical.
Take fouls if you have to, but don't let guys just put up their
hands by their head, just lay the ball up, just shoot, just do
whatever they want to."
Hill added more calmly, "I think we're all mad. We're all
frustrated. We're all searching for answers."
Hill led Orlando with 28 points, including the Magic's first 12
and last six.
Richardson had 14 of the Warriors' first 17 points, while Fisher
made his first four 3-point tries. Golden State led 61-57 at the
break after closing the second period on an 18-7 run. The team shot
55 percent, making six of 11 3-pointers.
The Warriors hadn't scored that many points in a half since they
last played Orlando, on Dec. 10. In that game, the Warriors held a
65-64 halftime lead but lost by five.
"We got into a real rhythm," Richardson said. "Started off
the same way last game -- lot of scoring in the first half, up and
down, easy baskets for both teams. We just stuck with that."
The Magic shot 52 percent in the opening half, despite missing
nine of their last 12 shots.
Warriors forward Clifford Robinson served the final game of
a five-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. He is
eligible to play Thursday, when Golden State plays at New Orleans.
... Orlando center Kelvin Cato, plagued by injuries all season,
made his first start in six games. He had 12 points and eight
rebounds. ... Orlando trainer Ted Arzonico worked his 1,000th