OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Richardson used to hate it when
Lakers fans outnumbered those for Golden State in the Warriors'
home arena. It happened with other teams, too -- Boston, New York
Slowly, with each impressive win, the fans are starting to
believe again in professional basketball in Oakland.
Baron Davis had 24 points and 13 assists and Golden State sent
Los Angeles to its fifth straight defeat with one of the Warriors'
biggest victories over the Lakers, 126-99 on Monday night.
"We're changing a lot of heads. We're changing a lot of minds.
We're changing a lot of hearts to be Warriors fans," Richardson
said. "In the past that bothered me a lot. I didn't like that 65
percent of the fans were for the Lakers or Sacramento."
Here's how bad things were for the Lakers: The loss assured them
of finishing with a worse record than the Los Angeles Clippers for
the first time since 1993 -- a humiliating statistic that shows just
how far this franchise has fallen. And Los Angeles was outscored
42-7 during an 11-minute span in the second half.
Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, finishing three shy of becoming
the 15th player to reach 14,000 points. He will almost certainly
become the youngest to do it Wednesday at Portland. Bryant would be
26 years and 240 days, while Michael Jordan reached 14,000 at 27
years, 68 days.
Bryant had six rebounds and five assists but also committed six
"It's been a tough experience, a humbling experience, but it's
character-building," Bryant said.
Mickael Pietrus scored 25 points, Troy Murphy added 19 points,
nine rebounds and a season-high six assists and Jason Richardson
had 17 points for the Warriors, who won for the first time in four
meetings this season against the Lakers.
"They couldn't sweep us, that was the main thing," Warriors
forward Mike Dunleavy said.
Jumaine Jones had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers,
hitting four 3-pointers.
"It's embarrassing, man," Jones said. "I can't speak for
anybody else, but I was embarrassed. We weren't guarding anybody.
What do you expect when you're shooting all jumpers and not
guarding anybody? You should expect you'll be down by 40."
Los Angeles will miss the playoffs for the first time since
1993-94. That's nothing compared to Golden State's drought, which
will reach 11 seasons -- the longest current streak in the NBA. The
last time the Warriors made the playoffs was the last time the
But with the addition of the pesky Davis, there is reason for
optimism again among Warriors fans who, after years of painfully
watching other clubs in the postseason, have turned somewhat
cynical about the chances of their NBA team.
Since Davis arrived at the trading deadline, the Coliseum has
been rocking most nights. Golden State drew 20,054 fans Monday, its
fourth sellout of the season.
The previous two games between these teams were decided by a
total of six points. And Los Angeles won the first meeting by nine.
"It was just a game," Davis said. "There ain't no subliminal
The Lakers trailed by as many as 40 points, their largest
deficit this season, and lost for the 10th time in 11 games and
18th in 20. It's hard to believe this team played for the NBA title
less than a year ago.
Even Bryant, booed each time he touched the ball, seemed
uncomfortable. He forced shots at times and never found his rhythm
with Richardson guarding him much of the night. He pulled his
uniform over his mouth late in the third quarter and yelled an
obscenity at the officials, immediately receiving a technical.
The Lakers used a 9-2 run midway through the third to get back
within 72-69, with Bryant's driving basket at 5:29 capping the run.
The Lakers played without forward Caron Butler and center Vlade
Divac. Butler flew home to Southern California after his 1-year-old
daughter, Mia, had an asthma attack.
Butler took the same flight as Divac, suspended earlier in the
day for the final two games after he floored Dallas Mavericks
center Shawn Bradley with an elbow to the jaw early in the fourth
quarter of Sunday's 114-112 loss.
It's unclear whether Butler will be back for Wednesday's season
finale against Portland.
The Warriors' biggest win over the Lakers was by 39, 132-93 on
Nov. 11, 1966.
Lakers F Lamar Odom will have arthroscopic surgery on his
left shoulder Tuesday to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be
ready before training camp in the fall. ... Golden State G Derek
Fisher donated $700,000 to Arkansas-Little Rock, and a new
auxiliary gym on the campus of his alma mater will carry his last
name. Fisher presented a giant check to the school's athletic
director, Chris Peterson, before the game. ... Warriors F/C Zarko
Cabarkapa did not dress because of a rash. ... The Warriors had a
season-high 35 assists.