PHOENIX (AP) -- Baron Davis sat in the Golden State Warriors'
locker room soaking his right foot in an ice bucket. That was the
only thing that could cool Davis off Friday night.
The Warriors' recently acquired point guard scored 33 points,
including five during a decisive 12-0 run midway through the fourth
quarter, sparking Golden State to a 110-100 victory over the
Davis, who has helped the Warriors to an 8-6 record since he was
obtained from New Orleans last month, hit seven 3-pointers. That
was more than the entire Phoenix team, which specializes in that
shot. The Suns made only five 3-pointers.
"I started feeling it early and I tried to keep the momentum
going," said Davis, a former All-Star. "We're just trying to have
a strong finish."
Derek Fisher added 19 points for the Warriors, who got 41 points
from their reserves to only 12 for the Suns.
"He's a great boost for our team," Fisher said of Davis. "He
had a tough time in New Orleans. He didn't enjoy it there. He's
enjoying it here.
"He's a guy who can score, who makes plays -- he can do
everything we need out there. He's fun to play with. We're glad to
Coach Mike Montgomery agreed.
"Obviously, Baron has helped us," he said. "He controls the
game. He talks and guys have confidence in him that he's going to
"He makes other people better," Al Attles, the Warriors vice
president and assistant general manager said. "When he's healthy,
he's up there with the best in the league. His teammates are
rallying around him."
Jason Richardson had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Dunleavy
scored 11 for the Warriors, who defeated an elite Western
Conference team for the second straight night. They beat Sacramento
100-97 Thursday night at Oakland.
The game was close throughout, with 24 lead changes and 15 ties,
before Mike Dunleavy's 3-pointer early in the fourth period gave
the Warriors the lead for good, 91-90. They then scored the next
Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 31 points and 10 rebounds,
but failed to score in the final period, missing three shots. Shawn
Marion had 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, while Joe
Johnson scored 15 points and Steve Nash had 12 points and 13
But for the second straight home game, the Suns were badly
outscored in the final period, this time 28-17. In their previous
game at America West Arena, Houston outscored them 41-17 in the
fourth quarter en route to a 127-107 victory.
"We are getting in a bad habit at home," coach Mike D'Antoni
said. "We're getting in a comfort level and I don't know why we
can't seem to win at home. We need to get out of our comfort level
and play a little harder."
Stoudemire said the Suns "got careless."
"It's a team thing, and we have to want to get better, we have
to put forth the effort, and that should cure it," he said.
The first half, which ended with Golden State leading 54-53, was
a battle between the Warriors' guards and the Suns' two big
scorers, Stoudemire and Marion.
Golden State's backcourt trio of Davis (17), Fisher (13) and
Richardson (8) accounted for 38 points, while Marion (17) and
Stoudemire (16) produced 33. Stoudemire's total included 10
consecutive points during a 2:24 span early in the second period.
However, the Warriors were beating the Suns at their own game,
hitting seven 3-pointers in 16 attempts-- four by Davis and three by
Fisher -- to only two of 11 for Phoenix. The Suns entered the game
having connected on 586 3-pointers, the most in franchise history
and tops in the league this season.
Stoudemire carried the Suns' offense in the third quarter,
scoring 15 points on an assortment of dazzling inside shots,
helping Phoenix take an 83-82 lead by the end of the period. Davis
again carried the Golden State attack, scoring 11 points, including
two more 3-pointers.
The late Cotton Fitzsimmons, former Suns coach, executive
and broadcaster, was enshrined into the team's Ring of Honor during
halftime ceremonies. ... The Suns now embark on a
five-games-in-seven-nights road trip. They are 25-7 away from home,
best in the league. ... Marion's double-double was his 40th of the
season, the second time in his career he has reached that total.
... Phoenix's Walter McCarty played only three minutes before
leaving with back spasms. ... Golden State's Calbert Cheaney
(sprained right ankle) and Phoenix's Jake Voskuhl (sprained left
ankle) missed the game. ... The Suns have reached the 100-point
mark in 17 straight games, the most in the NBA since the Seattle
SuperSonics had 19 in a row in 1994-95. ... Zarko Cabarkapa played
his first game against the Suns in Phoenix since being traded to
Golden State on Jan. 3.