Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Friday, November 5th
Game 2: Friday, April 1st
Game 3: Wednesday, April 20th

Warriors 108

(27-45, 13-25 away)

Jazz 91

(22-50, 15-22 home)

    Coverage: KJZZ

    7:00 PM ET, April 1, 2005

    EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 25 27 26 30108
    UTAH 29 14 18 3091

    Top Performers

    GS: B. Davis 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTAH: G. Giricek 17 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Blk

    Golden State victorious in 7 of last 8 games

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Baron Davis has given the Golden State Warriors a new attitude, especially on the road.

    "This is my first time playing on a team with a losing record," he said. "This is my first season not playing for the playoffs. But you have still have to have the mentality, the focus to win."

    He certainly had that Friday night, when the Warriors won here after for the first time in more than 10 years, snapping a 19-game losing streak in Salt Lake City with a 108-91 victory over the Utah Jazz.

    Though the Warriors are out of the playoff hunt, Davis has led his team to five straight road wins and seven wins in the last eight games overall. The streak is powered by Davis' ability to get his teammates good shots.

    "We just shared. Tonight was a night when everybody just shared the ball. Guys were getting in and driving to the bucket," said Davis, who had 12 points, eight rebounds and seven assists despite sitting the entire fourth quarter.

    Derek Fisher scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and was the beneficiary of his teammates driving and dishing the ball back for open shots.

    "We were attacking and being aggressive from start to finish," Fisher said. "We're continuing to develop confidence as a team and learning more and more about each other,"

    One thing they have learned is that Davis' playmaking makes them all better. The Warriors have scored more than 100 points in each of their last 10 wins and posted their first five-game road winning streak since November 1978.

    "Baron has made a big difference. He's loosened the guys up and we're winning," said Troy Murphy, who scored 13 as seven Warriors reached double figures. "He gets people involved and made us a better team."

    The Warriors' last won in Salt Lake City 112-104 on Nov. 11, 1994. But this Jazz team bears little resemblance to those in the glory years. After 20 straight seasons of winning records, Utah has faltered so badly it's in danger of finishing behind the 25-57 record of the 1981-82 squad.

    "That's been one of the things that we've had trouble with all year long, is to get a commitment from everybody to try to play together, and until you get that you just get another group of guys running around out there trying to imitate an NBA team," Utah coach Jerry Sloan said.

    Gordan Giricek led Utah with 17 points and Mehmet Okur had 14. But the Jazz could not overcome 34-percent shooting to keep pace with the Warriors, who have won seven of their last 10 road games.

    "We had a difficult time scoring. We had a few moments to start the ball game where it looked like we were going to play decent," Sloan said. "But then all of the sudden we started getting the basketball and started thinking about individual stuff and when we do that, we're just not very good."

    As the Jazz have faded with their fourth loss in five games, the Warriors seem to be building for a remarkable finish and a better next season.

    "Absolutely. I think each and every individual on this team believes that, and understands that. That's why we re playing so well," said Davis, who came to Golden State in a trade Feb. 24 with New Orleans.

    Trailing after the first quarter, the Warriors took control with a 22-5 surge in the second. Jason Richardson, who had 18 points, punctuated the run with a thunderous dunk and deep 3-pointer.

    Zarko Cabarkapa added 14 points for the Warriors and Mike Dunleavy scored 11.

    Matt Harpring had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Ben Handlogten had 12 points and a career-best 11 rebounds for the Jazz, who outrebounded the Warriors 53-45 but just couldn't shoot straight.

    "You could just see they're struggling. They had a lot of point-blank shots inside but they just wouldn't fall," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said.

    Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko, Utah's top two scorers, are out for the rest of the season. Raja Bell also sat out with a bruised shin.<

    ^Notes: @ The teams combined for 19 fouls in the first quarter. ... Richardson missed a reverse alley-oop dunk just before the third-quarter buzzer. ... Jazz owner Larry Miller couldn't bear to watch any more and left his courtside seat open for the second half. . .. Jazz 7-foot center Curtis Borchardt missed all nine of his shots, most coming within a few feet of the basket.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 108 91
    FGM-FGA 36-78 (.462) 29-84 (.345)
    3PM-3PA 10-29 (.345) 2-5 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 26-37 (.703) 31-46 (.674)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-45 22-53
    Assists 18 18
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 6 9
    Blocks 8 5
    Fast Break Points 14 14
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 33 (1/0) 29 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 25 8

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 12
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Gordan Giricek Giricek
    Points: 17
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1