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
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
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
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
"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.
^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.