Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Tuesday, December 26th
76ers97Final
Warriors116
Game 2: Friday, February 2nd
Warriors102Final
76ers101

76ers 97

(7-20, 3-13 away)

Warriors 116

(15-15, 12-5 home)

Coverage: CSN

7:30 PM ET, December 26, 2006

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 T
PHI 27 20 24 2697
GS 36 31 26 23116

Top Performers

Philadelphia: R. Carney 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Stl

Golden State: M. Barnes 25 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Blk

Davis (21 points, 16 assists) golden for Warriors in win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Baron Davis treated his grandmother to a good show with the help of his former college teammate Matt Barnes.

Davis had 21 points and 16 assists to lead the Golden State Warriors to their fourth straight home victory, 116-97 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Barnes tied a franchise record with seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points.

Davis, raised by his grandmother Lela Nicholson in Los Angeles, played in front of her for just the second time in Oakland.

Davis made sure to acknowledge his grandmother during halftime, visiting her at her courtside seat.

"Baron is a great point guard and with him here and me being close to home, I feel comfortable," said Barnes, who hails from Sacramento. "This is the right time and the right place. I'm getting the opportunity to play."

After two nondescript years with the 76ers, Barnes reworked his shooting form and has become a fan favorite with Golden State. He's set career highs in points (32) and rebounds (12) with the Warriors, and reached double figures 10 times with a pair of double-doubles. Barnes entered the year with career averages of 3.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.

"You could tell he was focused from the first couple of 3s," Davis said. "Matt wanted to prove to them that he can shoot it. It's great to have guys like him out there, finishing plays."

Rodney Carney scored a career-high 25 points for the 76ers, who continue to have problems on the road. Philadelphia lost its 11th in 12 away contests and is 3-12 on the road. Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller each added 14 points.

"Golden State is a unique team," the Sixers' Kyle Korver said. "With Barnes playing the four and hitting all those 3s, there aren't many teams who play like that. We were never in the flow offensively or defensively. This was not a good night."

Andris Biedrins had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors and Ike Diogu scored 13. Mickael Pietrus, who wore a facemask to protect his broken nose, had 17 points.

The Warriors led by as many as 29 points during the second half and held their largest halftime lead of the season at 67-47.

The Sixers fell to 2-2 since trading Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets a week ago for Miller, Joe Smith and two first-round picks in 2007.

Barnes hit his first three 3-pointers of the second half and scored nine of the Warriors' first 11 points, forcing the Sixers to use a pair of timeouts in the first 4:30 of the third quarter. Golden State led 91-62 with 3:22 left before settling for a 93-71 edge entering the final quarter.

"He's got something to prove," Iguodala said. "His game spoke for everything. He's been with us twice and he wanted to show us that we didn't treat him right or something. He had a chip on his shoulder."

Davis exploited nearly every opportunity to pile up 11 assists and 14 points in the first half. The Warriors shot 67 percent in the second quarter (12-of-18), finishing off plays created by the veteran point guard.

"We had a lot of open 3s and it's my philosophy that if a 3-point shot is created by a teammate then you have to take that shot," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "The guys spaced out the floor extremely well, allowing us to only have to run a few plays."

Chris Webber sat out the second quarter for the Sixers, a period in which Philadelphia managed to make just eight of 22 shots. The Sixers missed all three 3-point attempts.

Barnes and Pietrus combined to make five of seven 3-point tries in the first half.

The Warriors made nine of their first 13 shots and went on an 11-0 run to open an early lead, extending their advantage to as many as 14 points. The 36 points were their second-highest total at home in the first quarter.

Game notes


Warriors G Monta Ellis has his right arm in a sling to protect his shoulder, injured during Golden State's loss to Miami on Saturday. He remains day-to-day. ... The Sixers play 22 of their first 33 games on the road, including the next six. ... Pietrus scored 10 points in the first 5:28 of the contest and did not score again until 8:45 of the fourth quarter. ... Davis secured his double-double with 4:25 remaining in the first half. ... Webber and Smith are both former overall No. 1 draft picks who began their careers with the Warriors. ... Iguodala had his career-best streak of 20-plus games stopped at four.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
PHI
GS
Points 97 116
FGM-FGA 38-86 (.442) 40-73 (.548)
3PM-3PA 2-7 (.286) 13-28 (.464)
FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 23-32 (.719)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-43 7-39
Assists 16 25
Turnovers 18 19
Steals 12 6
Blocks 2 7
Fast Break Points 6 19
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/1) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 0 29

Top Performers

Philadelphia
Golden State
Rodney Carney Carney
Points: 25
Reb: 8
Ast: 0
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Matt Barnes Barnes
Points: 25
Reb: 8
Ast: 3
Stl: 0
Blk: 1