SEATTLE (AP) -- Not everything has gone wrong for Golden State
coach Mike Montgomery in his first season in the NBA. Take
Wednesday night for example.
"I'm really happy that these guys have stuck together and
they've believed in each other," Montgomery said after a rare
Warriors victory, 117-110 over the Seattle SuperSonics.
"Certainly we've all made some mistakes that sometimes would
allow guys to kind of separate and start pointing fingers," he
said. "We haven't done that even though our record's not very
Montgomery, who enjoyed a 30-2 record in the last of his 18
seasons at Stanford, has had to endure losing streaks of nine, six
and six games this season.
He's optimistic about the Warriors' future, though.
"I just feel like they're starting to grow as a team and
they're starting to grow as a group," Montgomery said. "They're
not getting down on each other when they start making mistakes. I
think that augurs well down the road."
Richardson, Golden State's terrific 6-foot-6 fourth-year
forward, easily outplayed Seattle All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard
Lewis, who had 26 and 17 points, respectively. In 40 minutes, he
shot 12-for-23, including three 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds
and five assists.
"I think I'm very close," Richardson said when asked about his
own All-Star aspirations. "If I find a way to help the team win
more games, I think I'll be an All-Star."
Latrell Sprewell was the Warriors' last All-Star in the 1996-97
The Sonics lost their second straight home game, but still
finished with a 10½-game lead in the Northwest Division at the
All-Star break at 35-16.
Allen had only four points in the second half on 2-for-8
shooting. Headed to his fifth All-Star game, Allen took the blame
for the loss.
"I was trying to find a way to get back into it, but I couldn't
get back into it," he said.
With 37 points -- 14 by Richardson, and including seven
3-pointers -- the Warriors tied their highest scoring quarter of the
season in the third period. An alley-oop dunk by Davis on a pass
from Claxton with 3:11 gone in the period gave the Warriors a 65-62
lead and ignited the team's bench.
"Speedy just kind of threw it up there for me," said Davis,
35, in his 14th NBA season. "Not bad for an old man."
Nate McMillan, Seattle's coach, said the Warriors won the game
with that prolific third period.
"You can't give up 37 points in a quarter," he said.
"Defensively, you're not out there."
Golden State led by as many as 12 points in the quarter, and was
ahead 89-79 at the end of the third period.
In the final quarter, the Warriors stayed in front of the
Sonics, who climbed to within 110-106 on a 3-pointer by Antonio
Daniels with 44.6 seconds left. Richardson hit a 12-footer with
24.4 seconds to go to put Golden State ahead 112-106.
The Sonics held a 58-52 lead in the first half and led by as
many as 12 points.<
^Notes: The Sonics did not have forward Danny Fortson for the third
straight game. Fortson, a key bench player for Seattle, missed the
game because he flew to Pittsburgh to be with his ill grandmother.
He was scheduled to return against Golden State after a two-game
suspension for throwing a chair against Sacramento last Thursday