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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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!'
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.