Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/22

Game 1: Friday, December 22nd
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Magic108
Game 2: Wednesday, January 10th
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Warriors76

Warriors 117

(14-14, 3-9 away)

Magic 108

(17-11, 10-5 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:00 PM ET, December 22, 2006

    Amway Arena, Orlando, FL

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 23 25 32 37117
    ORL 31 21 29 27108

    Top Performers

    Golden State: B. Davis 38 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

    Orlando: D. Howard 15 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 5 Blk

    Warriors win on the road for just the third time this season

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Golden State's strategy for winning on the road is beginning to work.

    Baron Davis had a season-high 38 points and Mike Dunleavy added 21 points to help the Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 117-108 Friday night for their second straight road win.

    The Warriors outscored the Magic 37-27 in the fourth quarter to claim just their third road win of the season. Davis scored 13 in the period and finished the game with nine assists.

    "We've been preaching in road games to stay close and allow our style of play to take over at the end," said Davis, who is averaging 27.8 points and 8.9 assists in his last five games. "We were poised all night."

    Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mickael Pietrus finished with 15 for the Warriors, who are just 3-9 on the road this season.

    "It's a lot easier to win when you have a guy like Baron, who can pretty much get by anybody at any time," Dunleavy said.

    Trevor Ariza had a career-high 23 points and Grant Hill scored 21 for Orlando. Jameer Nelson finished with 21 points and seven assists.

    "We didn't have an answer for Baron tonight," Magic coach Brian Hill said. "We tried playing him straight up, we tried switching on him, it really didn't matter what we did, he beat everything we threw at him."

    Davis converted a fastbreak layup to give Golden State a 100-93 lead with 5:07 left, but it was Dunleavy's two 3-pointers in the final 1:52 that secured the win.

    The first was more of a wild throw just to beat the 24-second shot clock, which expired just as the ball went through the net. It put Golden State ahead 107-100 and took the fight out of the Magic.

    "That was a lucky shot, but the other ones were right on," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "The 3-pointers actually won the game for us. We made some, they didn't. Otherwise it was a pretty even game."

    The second came with 51 seconds left and gave Golden State a 112-104 cushion.

    Neither team could find a rhythm offensively in the first half. Ariza had 13 points and Hill 10 as the Magic built a 52-48 at halftime, despite shooting only 41 percent and committing 11 turnovers.

    The Warriors weren't much better, hitting only 42 percent and turning the ball over nine times. Davis scored 15 and Dunleavy 10 to keep Golden State close.

    The Warriors finally got it going in the second half, taking advantage of their superior size and speed in the backcourt. Davis had two of his team's five three-point plays in the third quarter as Golden State built a 75-68 lead.

    The Magic rallied to take an 81-80 advantage at the end of the quarter, but Golden State started the fourth quarter with 3-pointers from Matt Barnes and Dunleavy, a reserve, to regain control.

    Game notes


    Magic PG Jameer Nelson returned to the lineup after missing four games with a strained groin. ... The Magic had not scored more than 89 points in their last eight games. ... Pietrus has scored in double figures a career-high 10 straight games. ... Golden State's reserves outscored the Magic bench 47-25. ... Orlando's Dwight Howard tied a season high with five blocked shots.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    ORL
    Points 117 108
    FGM-FGA 40-83 (.482) 39-82 (.476)
    3PM-3PA 9-24 (.375) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 28-37 (.757) 28-37 (.757)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-37 15-46
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 13 17
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 31 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 28 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 9 10

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Orlando
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 38
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 1
    Dwight Howard Howard
    Points: 15
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 5