Mike Dunleavy had 18 points and nine assists despite awful
free-throw shooting, and Anthony Roberson bolstered his case for a
roster spot with 20 points as Golden State improved to 6-0 with one
exhibition game left, against the Seattle SuperSonics on Thursday.
Davis' 33 points were the most by any player in the current
preseason, and his assists matched the preseason high set by
Phoenix's Steve Nash. Davis made 13 of his 17 shots and grabbed
five rebounds for new Warriors coach Don Nelson.
Golden State is perfect in the preseason even without longtime
starters Jason Richardson and Troy Murphy, who are injured -- but
Nelson was furious with his club after its only home exhibition
game against an NBA opponent. The Warriors fell behind by 20 points
in the first half, and only Davis' late surge produced a win.
"It was a nightmare to start with," Nelson said. "It looked
like the team last year, and it made me sick watching that. ... I
wasn't happy with anybody except Baron and Dunleavy. There wasn't
hardly anything we did right."
The Warriors still got another impressive game from Roberson,
the second-year guard who went undrafted in 2005 after leaving
Florida early -- one year before the Gators won the NCAA title.
Juan Dixon scored 20 points in the second of three games in
three nights for the Blazers (2-4), who made 25 turnovers. Six
players scored in double figures, led by 19 points from Travis
Outlaw and 18 for rookie Brandon Roy.
"We came out pretty good early, but we just had way too many
turnovers," Roy said. "I know that we would never play three
games in a row (in the regular season), but I'm just trying to go
out there and get better every night."
Ime Udoka, a 29-year-old Portland native and Portland State grad
making a surprising run at a roster spot, had 11 points for the
Blazers. Udoka, who played eight games for the Knicks last season,
has scored in double figures in each of Portland's last four
exhibition games, and coach Nate McMillan says he has a shot to
make the club.
Golden State made a 16-2 run spanning halftime, erasing the last
of Portland's early lead on Roberson's 3-pointer early in the third
quarter. The Warriors never trailed in the fourth quarter, with the
guard rotation of Davis, Roberson and Dajuan Wagner taking turns
with big baskets.
"(Nelson) was extra hard on us at halftime, and I totally
understood what he was saying," Davis said. "It isn't much that I
have to say in the locker room any more. I can pretty much just
listen, absorb it and show it in my play."
The Warriors also got good news before the game: Richardson, the
NBA's 13th-leading scorer last season with a career-best 23.2
points per game, has been cleared to return to practice after
missing the start of training camp following surgery on his left
Richardson isn't certain whether he'll be ready to play in next
week's regular-season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Murphy sat out with a broken nose, and Mickael Pietrus didn't
dress to rest his strained groin.