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

"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

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

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.