Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Magic113Final
Warriors109
Game 2: Tuesday, February 8th
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Magic109

Warriors 113

(14-35, 4-20 away)

Magic 109

(25-23, 16-6 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, February 8, 2005

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 29 32 21 31113
    ORL 30 27 22 30109

    Top Performers

    Golden State: J. Richardson 32 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl

    Orlando: G. Hill 28 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Warriors snap 10-game road losing streak

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A little perseverance paid off for the Golden State Warriors.

    Jason Richardson scored 11 of his 32 points in the final 3:24, and the Golden State Warriors defeated the Orlando Magic 113-109 Tuesday night to snap a 10-game road losing streak.

    "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 down."

    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 non-overtime game.

    "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 throws.

    "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 for us."

    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.

    Game notes


    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 career game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    ORL
    Points 113 109
    FGM-FGA 40-84 (.476) 47-102 (.461)
    3PM-3PA 6-16 (.375) 2-6 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 27-34 (.794) 13-15 (.867)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-44 16-52
    Assists 24 20
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 7 5
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 14 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 26 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 7

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Orlando
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 32
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Grant Hill Hill
    Points: 28
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0