OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Until Don Nelson has his version of the
Golden State Warriors fully up and running, the coach plans to keep
leaning on an invaluable crutch.
Baron Davis had 22 points and 12 assists while seizing control
of the fourth quarter in the Warriors' 110-99 comeback victory over
the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.
Though Nelson hoped he wouldn't have to rely on his talented
guard quite as heavily as the Warriors did last season, Davis
played nearly 45 minutes while leading the club on both ends of the
floor -- and still had energy to spark the decisive fourth-quarter
"I didn't really want to play him that many minutes, but it's
probably the only way I can win right now," Nelson said. "He's
our most dominant guy."
Davis scored 11 points during that 18-3 rally in the Warriors'
third straight victory to open a seven-game homestand. He put
Golden State in front with seven points in 2 minutes midway through
the fourth, including a three-point play and one of the Warriors'
The flaws in Davis' game -- a low shooting percentage and his
ball-hogging tendencies -- aren't as obvious this season. Meanwhile,
his strengths in creating offense for both himself and his
teammates have only sharpened in Nelson's schemes and tutelage --
and so far, he has been emerging as the leader Nelson desires as
"I was just trying to push it through," Davis recalled of
entering the game with 8½ minutes to play. "I told my guys, 'We've
got to win the last 8 minutes. We're in better shape than they
are.' I knew I was going to have to push the ball and feed off my
Monta Ellis added 10 of his 14 points in the final period as
Golden State rolled past the Raptors after one of the Canadian
club's better efforts of the season. Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points
and Andris Biedrins added 14 points and 12 rebounds in Golden
State's third straight win over Toronto.
Chris Bosh had 23 points and matched his career high with 22
rebounds for the Raptors, who set a franchise record with a
41-point second quarter. But Toronto went 5½ minutes without a
field goal down the stretch, losing its second straight to start a
five-game West Coast road trip with 13-of-43 shooting in the second
"We gave effort in about 40 out of the 48 minutes," Bosh said.
"We had them on the ropes. We missed some shots, but we just have
to stay tight on defense. I think we gave them second-chance points
down the stretch, and they made us pay in the end."
Toronto trailed 92-90 on Bosh's layup with 6:37 to play, but
didn't get another field goal until T.J. Ford's layup with 1:06
left. Ford had 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Jorge
Garbajosa provided a career-high 10 points in a reserve role.
"We won for three quarters, but you've got to step up at the
end and make some plays," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "You
know Baron Davis and those guys are tough 1-on-1 players. ... Until
we knock down shots, like the 17-footers and the wide-open 3s,
people are just going to let us shoot."
Mitchell altered his starting lineup for the first time this
season, inserting Fred Jones at guard. Jones scored 11 points in
place of slumping Morris Peterson, who hit a long jumper shortly
after he entered the game late in the first quarter, but managed
just five points.
Golden State played without starting forward Troy Murphy, who
sat out with soreness in his left heel. Mickael Pietrus started in
his spot, contributing nine points -- including a key 3-pointer in
the final minutes -- and nine rebounds.
After falling behind by 10 points on the first basket of the
second quarter, Toronto erupted for its 41-point quarter with
16-for-24 shooting and five 3-pointers. The Raptors went ahead on
Garbajosa's 3-pointer, and Bosh finished the first half with 13
points and 13 rebounds.
Warriors C Adonal Foyle, who's making more than $8 million
this season, got into his second game of the year as a reserve. He
had two points and one rebound in 4½ minutes. ... The Raptors'
franchise record for points in a quarter is 48 in the first quarter
against New Jersey on Jan. 11, 1997. ... Bosh went 11-of-12 from
the free throw line.