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Davis' monster game helps Warriors snap four-game skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Reserve forward Andris Biedrins surveyed
the court and saw several players he typically teams with in
practice playing with Golden State's first team -- and Baron Davis
leading the way as usual.

Davis kept things flowing, despite some new faces in his
supporting cast.

He had 29 points, 16 assists and eight rebounds, and the
Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak with a 98-83 victory
over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Rookie Monta Ellis scored a career-high 14 points and Mickael
Pietrus also added 14 in his second start of the season and second
in two nights for the beat-up Warriors. Golden State was without
injured starters Jason Richardson and Mike Dunleavy but still
managed to beat the Blazers for the fourth straight time.

Davis felt it was his job to make sure things still clicked with
a different lineup on the floor.

"It's all a part of stepping up," he said. "It was great
tonight that everybody pulled their weight. I always have the
utmost confidence in my teammates."

Troy Murphy grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds -- one off his
career high -- for Golden State, which bounced back a night after a
106-105 overtime loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Biedrins also contributed his share: five points, five rebounds
and two blocked shots in 22 minutes.

Richardson, Golden State's leading scorer, missed his second
straight game with a sore back and Dunleavy is recovering from a
sprained left ankle that forced him out of Friday's game early in
the second quarter.

Juan Dixon scored 21 points as Portland's lone starter in double
digits, while Sebastian Telfair added 12 points, six assists and
four rebounds.

Dixon's 3 at the 6:43 mark of the third quarter capped a 9-0 run
and pulled Portland within 61-55, but Golden State answered with a
10-2 spurt and was in control the rest of the game.

"Everybody hits a wall," Davis said of the Warriors' recent
skid. "We hit our wall and now it's time for us to start bouncing
back and to play better basketball. It was a great win for us, a
much-needed win for us."

Portland lost its fourth straight and 10th in 12 on the road.
The Blazers are in a stretch with nine of 11 away from the Rose
Garden, including seven straight starting Feb. 4 at Denver.

"We didn't show up, and there's no reason for that," Blazers
coach Nate McMillan said. "I know we played last night, but to
come out and just not be ready to play, that shouldn't happen."

The Blazers had won five of seven after a season high-tying,
six-game losing streak.

Ellis made seven of his 10 shots, grabbed five rebounds, had two
steals and a blocked shot.

"I was waiting for this time to come and it finally came, so I
just made the most of it," Ellis said.

Up next for McMillan is his highly anticipated return to Seattle
for "Mr. Sonic," though he knows it might not generate quite the
same hype considering the Seattle Seahawks are headed to their
first Super Bowl to play the Pittsburgh Steelers next weekend in
Detroit.

That's fine with McMillan, who left the Emerald City last summer
after 19 years in the Sonics organization for a new challenge three
hours south on Interstate 5.

"That city should be more excited about the Super Bowl than
Nate McMillan coming back," McMillan said before the game.

The Blazers began 0-for-10 while Golden State made six of its
first 10 shots to take a 13-1 lead. Jarrett Jack made Portland's
first field goal with 5:30 remaining in the opening period. The
Blazers were held to their second-lowest point total for a quarter
this season (12) -- and it was the fewest points allowed by Golden
State in a first quarter this season.

"We came out flat," Dixon said. "We have been at home for a
while, but it's no excuse for us to come out like we did."

But Portland shot 12-for-18 in its 32-point second quarter to
pull within 55-44 at halftime.

Game notes
Davis presented a check for $17,000 to the American Red
Cross before the game for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort.
Davis, who played three seasons for New Orleans and six in the
Hornets' organization before coming to Golden State at last year's
trading deadline, pledged $500 for every point he scored against
the Hornets on Nov. 28. He scored 17 points for a donation of
$8,500, which was matched by the Warriors. ... Portland shot
4-for-20 in the first quarter. ... Blazers C Joel Przybilla has a
blocked shot in each of his last seven games. ... Davis fell two
rebounds shy of his sixth career triple-double. ... Murphy is the
first Warriors player to grab 14 or more rebounds in four straight
games since Danny Fortson did it in five straight in the first
month of the 2001 season.