LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Monta Ellis had 18 points and six other
Warriors scored in double figures in Golden State's 112-103 victory
over the New Orleans Hornets on Thursday.
Linton Johnson and reserve guard Jannero Pargo each had 17
points for the Hornets, who had three players foul out. Point guard
Chris Paul, last season's rookie of the year, had 11 points and
New Orleans forward Cedric Simmons scored nine points in 15
minutes before fouling out with 5:33 left in the third quarter.
David West fouled out with 9:35 left in the game after scoring 13
points in 22 minutes. Desmond Mason fouled out with 4:09 remaining
and had 10 points.
Trailing by as many as 13 points early in the third quarter, the
Warriors went on a 12-2 run before pulling into a 74-all tie on
Anthony Roberson's 3-pointer with 4:24 left in the period. But they
didn't regain the lead until Roberson's layup gave them an 87-86
edge with 9:21 to play.
Mason went to the bench with the Hornets trailing 99-98, and the
Warriors ended the game with a 14-4 run that included five points
by Dajuan Wagner.
Golden State played without converted center Troy Murphy, who
broke his nose in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's overtime
win against Portland when Zach Randolph hit him with an elbow.
Jason Richardson, who underwent left knee surgery in August, hopes
to be cleared to practice soon.
Murphy underwent surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles to have his
nose reset. He also won't play Friday night at Staples Center
during the second day of the Staples Shootout. The Warriors will
re-evaluate his condition when the team returns home, and the
fifth-year veteran is expected to start the regular season wearing
a clear protective mask.
Patrick O'Bryant started at center in place of Murphy and had
two points in 15 minutes. Ike Diogu, the last player off the
Warriors' bench, fouled out with 3:34 left in the third quarter
after playing just eight minutes and scoring eight points.
West led New Orleans to a 57-48 halftime lead with 11 points and
six rebounds, and the Hornets converted 17 first-half turnovers by
Golden State into 15 points. After missing 14 of their first 18
shots, the Hornets opened a 34-24 lead with a 13-0 run that
included 3-pointers by Pargo and Peja Stojakovic.