Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 2/27

Game 1: Sunday, February 27th
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Warriors88
Game 2: Wednesday, March 9th
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Pistons92

Pistons 94

(35-19, 15-12 away)

Warriors 88

(16-39, 11-18 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    6:00 PM ET, February 27, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 25 21 32 1694
    GS 29 16 21 2288

    Top Performers

    Det: B. Wallace 14 Pts, 12 Reb, 2 Stl, 5 Blk

    GS: J. Richardson 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk

    Pistons collect seventh straight victory

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Baron Davis received some reassurance about his move to Golden State from a longtime mentor: Detroit coach Larry Brown.

    Davis certainly looked like the fearless playmaker he can be when healthy -- and not the guy in Byron Scott's doghouse for much of the season.

    In his Golden State debut, Davis helped his new team hang with defending NBA champion Detroit until the very end before the Pistons held on for their seventh straight victory, 94-88 over the Warriors on Sunday night.

    "It's a great thing to be the one everyone is counting on to turn things around," said Davis, acquired in a trade with New Orleans on Thursday for guard Speedy Claxton and forward Dale Davis. "I spoke to Coach Brown, and he told me it's a great situation for me, 'This is what you needed.' Hearing that from a basketball guru is reassuring."

    Tayshaun Prince had 23 points, six rebounds and forced a turnover with under 20 seconds to play when Golden State had a chance to tie it. Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who ended a four-game losing streak in Oakland dating to Dec. 16, 1999, and won for the 12th time in 13 games since a season-long four-game losing streak.

    Ben Wallace added 14 points and 12 boards for Detroit, which had won its previous six games by an average of 18 points but had to earn this one in the waning moments in the second game of its tough six-game road trip despite leading by as many as 12.

    "They came back on us with a lot of intensity, but we matched that," Detroit guard Richard Hamilton said. "Lately we've been stepping up when it counts. That's what good teams do."

    Davis' mere presence changed the atmosphere in the Oakland Arena, where energized fans were on their feet at every opportunity. He finished with 10 points and eight assists in 29 minutes.

    Davis drove to the basket and drew a foul on Ben Wallace with 3:11 left, then converted both free throws to pull Golden State within 87-85 -- part of a 19-9 fourth-quarter spurt.

    Jason Richardson had 25 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Derek Fisher had 19 points and Mickael Pietrus 12 points off the bench for the Warriors. They played with an enthusiasm rarely seen this season.

    "The fans are excited, the team is excited and the organization is excited to have a player of his caliber here," Richardson said. "I'm already looking forward to next year. He's one of the missing pieces to us getting to the next level."

    Davis, a two-time All-Star, wore an orange headband and received a hearty welcome when announced with the non-starters before the game.

    "I've never had anything like that before," he said. "That's what kind of drove me and motivated me to play extra minutes I wasn't supposed to play."

    Coach Mike Montgomery plans to work him in slowly to make sure he stays healthy, especially considering the Warriors play eight games in 12 days on the road starting Tuesday at Memphis.

    The 25-year-old Davis has missed 36 games this season with various injuries. Before he entered the game with 5:11 left in the opening period for Adonal Foyle, Davis sat on the edge of his seat, chomping his gum while the last-place Warriors traded baskets with Detroit early.

    Davis, currently nursing Achilles' tendinitis, immediately made an impact. His initial minutes featured a missed layup that was put back by Troy Murphy; an assist to Fisher; a 3-pointer for his first points in the final minute of the opening quarter; and a flash of his wicked crossover dribble moments later to draw a foul on Chauncey Billups.

    Then, 6 seconds into the second quarter, Davis was fouled by Carlos Arroyo and the two traded words, causing the referees stepped between them. A double technical was called.

    Early in the fourth, Davis had a steal and no-look behind-the-back pass to Richardson for a dunk.

    "One side of me says I'm fearful people think he's going to jump through the skylight with a Super Man suit on," Montgomery said.

    The Warriors, who are headed toward their 11th straight season without a playoff berth, aren't expecting Davis to turn things around right way.

    But Montgomery is anxious to see Davis emerge as a vocal leader for a team that could really use one.

    Moments after Davis checked in, Richardson swished a 3. Davis looked right at him and hollered, 'Yeah!'

    Game notes


    Warriors trainer Tom Abdenour had his biannual reunion with older brother Mike Abdenour, the Pistons trainer. ... Golden State's other two trading deadline acquisitions, forwards Nikoloz Tskitishvili and Rodney White, will see limited time for a while. White got in for one minute and Tskitishvili didn't play. The two came from Denver for Eduardo Najera, Luis Flores and a first-round draft pick. ... The Pistons had dropped 19 of their last 22 in Oakland. ... Golden State failed to score 100 points for the first time in seven games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DET
    GS
    Points 94 88
    FGM-FGA 34-84 (.405) 35-85 (.412)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 11-32 (.344)
    FTM-FTA 20-30 (.667) 7-10 (.700)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 19-45 13-40
    Assists 19 19
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 10 6
    Blocks 7 6
    Fast Break Points 9 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (1/0) 22 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 12 9

    Top Performers

    Detroit
    Golden State
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 14
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 5
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1