Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/20

Game 1: Monday, December 20th
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Warriors101
Game 2: Friday, March 4th
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Wizards90

Warriors 103

(18-40, 7-22 away)

Wizards 90

(32-25, 22-9 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, March 4, 2005

    Verizon Center, Washington, DC

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 27 26 23 27103
    WSH 19 32 14 2590

    Top Performers

    GS: J. Richardson 34 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    WSH: L. Hughes 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl

    Richardson scores 16 of his 34 in the final period

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jason Richardson left the old Warriors behind.

    Jason Richardson scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter Friday night to lead Golden State to a 103-90 victory over the Washington Wizards, who feature former Warriors players Gilbert Arenas, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison.

    "It's our own fault," Hughes said. "We didn't put the pressure on them like we normally do. We let things snowball as far as letting them get in their rhythm."

    Richardson, who also had eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks, hit a 3-pointer with 1:57 remaining to give the Warriors a 103-84 lead.

    Troy Murphy had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who were playing the third game of an eight-game trip, their longest since the franchise moved from Philadelphia in 1962.

    Golden State's Baron Davis, acquired from New Orleans in a trade-deadline swap for Dale Davis and Speedy Claxton, had 14 points and seven assists in 31 minutes.

    "He hasn't really practiced once with us yet," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We are trying to limit his minutes and get him in shape. We don't want to aggravate the (Achilles') injury."

    Added Murphy: "There is an excitement around this team now with Baron. We are playing good basketball right now."

    The Warriors, who shot 12-for-39 from behind the arc, couldn't resist the wide-open looks.

    "Baron and Derek (Fisher) did a great job penetrating and finding guys open," Richardson said. "They were open shots, and when you're that wide open you have to take the three (point shots), so we just took them."

    "The draw-and-kick game is a tough game because a lot of nights it doesn't work, but tonight it worked for them," said Hughes, who led Washington with 27 points.

    Arenas added 23 points and eight assists for the Wizards.

    Richardson's three-point play and 3-pointer gave the Warriors a 97-82 lead with 3:28 remaining.

    The Wizards went on an 8-0 run to cut Golden State's lead to 83-73 with 8:24 left. Arenas later pulled Washington to 86-78 but that was as close as the Wizards got.

    "You have to give Golden State credit," Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said. "They tasted blood and they came after us."

    Richardson, who shot 12-for-19 from the field and 6-for-11 behind the arc, opened the fourth quarter with a dunk and a 3-pointer that gave the Warriors an 81-65 lead. He also hit a 3-pointer from the corner that gave the Warriors a 74-62 with 2:54 left in the third.

    Wizards center Brendan Haywood had his fifth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

    Game notes


    The Wizards placed forward Jarvis Hayes on the injured list because of a right knee injury. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. ... Wizards forward Jared Jeffries missed the game because of a bruised right knee, and forward Etan Thomas sat out with a stomach virus. ... Warriors guard Baron Davis rejoined the team Friday after spending two days with his ill grandmother. ... Wizards guard Steve Blake was ejected late in the fourth quarter. ... The game was briefly delayed to clean up a drink spilled by Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who was struck by a ball. ... The Wizards honored Bobby Dandridge, who helped the Washington Bullets win the 1978 NBA championship.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    WSH
    Points 103 90
    FGM-FGA 37-89 (.416) 31-76 (.408)
    3PM-3PA 12-39 (.308) 7-20 (.350)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 21-36 (.583)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 16-49
    Assists 19 16
    Turnovers 14 20
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 8 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 21 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 19 4

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Washington
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 34
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Larry Hughes Hughes
    Points: 27
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0