Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Saturday, November 26th
Game 2: Friday, December 16th

Raptors 91

(1-13, 0-7 away)

Warriors 117

(9-6, 5-3 home)

    Coverage: TBS

    7:30 PM ET, November 26, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    TOR 25 23 17 2691
    GS 31 32 27 27117

    Top Performers

    Toronto: C. Bosh 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: J. Richardson 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast

    Richardson helps Warriors blow out struggling Raptors

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Richardson and Baron Davis relaxed on the bench during the fourth quarter Saturday night and watched the Golden State Warriors put the finishing touches on their most lopsided win of the season.

    Richardson scored 25 points and Davis had 14 assists in less than three quarters of action as the Warriors beat the Toronto Raptors 117-91.

    The 26-point margin of victory was Golden State's biggest of the season, and the Warriors scored their most points since opening the season with a 122-97 victory over Atlanta.

    The Warriors had it in high gear from start to finish, but particularly in the third period when Davis fed Richardson with lob passes for rousing dunks on consecutive trips down the floor. Richardson added a driving reserve dunk a few minutes later to put the Warriors ahead 78-52 four minutes into the second half.

    The Warriors twice stretched their lead to 27 points during the third quarter against the Raptors, who lost their fourth straight and fell to 1-13.

    "That energizes us all," Richardson said. "It took them out of their zone, got the crowd into it and got us going. It was great to come out and have the fast-break, high-flying offense that we know we're capable of doing."

    The Warriors, leading 63-48 at halftime, began the second half with a 13-2 run and improved to 9-6 with their second victory in as many nights. Golden State, which didn't get its ninth win until its 27th game last season, is off to its best start since 1991.

    Davis ran the show throughout the night before heading to the bench to stay late in the third quarter. His penetration and kick-out passes were outdone only by his no-look lobs to set up Richardson.

    "I was aggressive early," said Davis, who sparked the Warriors to a season-high 37 assists. "I was penetrating, the defense was sucking in and I found my teammates. They knocked down the shots -- it was great."

    The Warriors shot 57 percent from the field and got their scoring both inside and outside. Troy Murphy had 21 points and seven rebounds for Golden State, Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and rookie Ike Diogu scored 15 points with seven rebounds off the bench.

    Chris Bosh scored 19 of his 21 points in the first half to lead Toronto, which also got 21 points from Morris Peterson.

    The Raptors, who lost for the 13th time in 14 games this season, simply couldn't keep pace with the hot-shooting Warriors, who got seven points or more from their top eight players.

    "It's disappointing," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "I don't know if our guys were tired, but we just didn't do anything right."

    The Warriors threatened to pull away early but Bosh kept Toronto close by scoring 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting in the first quarter. He scored eight of Toronto's final 10 points of the period to keep the Raptors within 31-25 entering the second quarter.

    But Golden State began pulling away to stay in the second period behind its backcourt tandem. Richardson had 15 points in the first half and Davis had eight assists as the Warriors consistently beat the Raptors down the floor.

    Golden State shot 59 percent from the field while recording its highest-scoring first half of the season. Davis finished with just one fewer assist than Toronto recorded as a team.

    "We haven't really got that many easy baskets this year," Murphy said. "We've had some big wins, but we didn't come out from the beginning and really put it on them and get a team down. You could see it demoralizing (Toronto) when we did that tonight."

    Game notes

    A 29-point game Friday in Utah raised Richardson's scoring average to 22.0, good for 11th in the league, while Davis is second in the league to Phoenix's Steve Nash with 8.5 assists per game. ... The Warriors are 24-9 in Davis' 33 starts since he joined the team last February.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 117
    FGM-FGA 34-79 (.430) 47-83 (.566)
    3PM-3PA 1-13 (.077) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 22-30 (.733) 18-24 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-36 10-45
    Assists 15 37
    Turnovers 14 16
    Steals 9 5
    Blocks 2 4
    Fast Break Points 18 19
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/1) 20 (0/1)
    Largest Lead 2 28

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Chris Bosh Bosh
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0