PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It was too much Baron Davis -- again.
"Leadership," Golden State head coach Mike Montgomery
explained. "He's a point guard that has the ability to make other
players better. He's a true point guard."
Troy Murphy added 22 points and 10 rebounds as Golden State won
for the 11th time in 13 games.
Murphy credits Davis for Golden State's late season surge.
"He's a guy who's not only willing to take the shot at the end
of the game, he has the ability to make it, and that makes us a
more dangerous team," Murphy said.
On Tuesday night, Davis led Golden State with a career-high 40
points and 13 assists in a 122-117 victory over the Rockets. It was
the first 30-point, 10-assist game by a Warrior since Jimmy Jackson
had 33 points and 11 assists April 2, 1998.
Since the Warriors acquired Davis from New Orleans, they've gone
14-7. He is averaging 18.5 points a game.
"Right now we're just playing hard. We're getting shots
offensively and getting our hands on the ball defensively," he
said. "Like you saw down the stretch, we made hustle plays. Not
all of them went our way, but we're making those plays."
Ruben Patterson had 27 points for the Blazers, who have lost six
straight and aren't headed to the postseason, either. Portland
(24-50) reached 50 losses for the first time since 1973-74, when
they went 27-55.
Damon Stoudamire had a triple double with 13 points, 12 rebounds
and 10 assists for the Blazers, but missed the final shot that
would have won it.
Patterson pulled the Blazers within 103-101 with 1:55 left.
After Davis hit one of a pair of free throws for Golden State, Joel
Przybilla had one for Portland. Stoudamire's 3-point attempt missed
as time ran out.
"I missed that shot. It really didn't feel that good to be
honest with you, coming off my hands, because I rushed it when
Davis went by me," Stoudamire said. "Looked like I got a good
shot off but it didn't feel good."
Golden State opened the second quarter with a 13-point run to go
up 46-28, capped by Derek Fisher's 3-pointer and free throw.
The Warriors led by as many as 19 in the first half but let up a
bit and were ahead 64-54 at the break.
The Blazers narrowed it to 88-85 on Stoudamire's 3-pointer to
start the fourth quarter.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim tied it at 91 with a jumper, and Patterson
put the Blazers ahead when he made one of two free throws. But
Murphy answered for the Warriors with a short jumper and a free
throw, followed by Jason Richardson's rim-hanging dunk.
The Warriors held Portland at bay until Patterson's driving
layup and free throw got the Blazers within two in the final
"We fell asleep in the second quarter and allowed them to get
back into the ballgame," Davis said. "A lot of times in a
situation like that you tend to let up, but we can't afford that."
The Blazers fired coach Maurice Cheeks early last month,
replacing him with Kevin Pritchard, the team's director of player
personnel, for the interim. With Portland all but out of the
playoff picture, Pritchard announced he was shifting the focus
toward developing young talent.
Meanwhile, many of the veterans are injured.
Guard Derek Anderson sat out his seventh straight game with back
spasms. Center Theo Ratliff missed his eighth game with a shoulder
injury. Forward Darius Miles missed his third game, also with a
Portland had won four straight against the Warriors.
Golden State has missed the playoffs for 11 seasons, the
longest streak in the league. ... Ratliff said he was angry that
the team had fined him $35,000 for missing seven lifting sessions.
Ratliff has missed the Blazers' last eight games with a shoulder
injury. He said he did not know he was being fined. The team said
it would not comment on fines. ... University of Portland
basketball coach Michael Holton, who is friends with Davis and also
a fellow UCLA alum, attended the game.