Jason Richardson scored 16 of his 34 points in the fourth
quarter Friday night to lead Golden State to a 103-90 victory over
the Washington Wizards, who feature former Warriors players Gilbert
Arenas, Larry Hughes and Antawn Jamison.
"It's our own fault," Hughes said. "We didn't put the
pressure on them like we normally do. We let things snowball as far
as letting them get in their rhythm."
Richardson, who also had eight rebounds, four assists and three
blocks, hit a 3-pointer with 1:57 remaining to give the Warriors a
Troy Murphy had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who
were playing the third game of an eight-game trip, their longest
since the franchise moved from Philadelphia in 1962.
"He hasn't really practiced once with us yet," Warriors coach
Mike Montgomery said. "We are trying to limit his minutes and get
him in shape. We don't want to aggravate the (Achilles') injury."
Added Murphy: "There is an excitement around this team now with
Baron. We are playing good basketball right now."
The Warriors, who shot 12-for-39 from behind the arc, couldn't
resist the wide-open looks.
"Baron and Derek (Fisher) did a great job penetrating and
finding guys open," Richardson said. "They were open shots, and
when you're that wide open you have to take the three (point
shots), so we just took them."
"The draw-and-kick game is a tough game because a lot of nights
it doesn't work, but tonight it worked for them," said Hughes, who
led Washington with 27 points.
Arenas added 23 points and eight assists for the Wizards.
Richardson's three-point play and 3-pointer gave the Warriors a
97-82 lead with 3:28 remaining.
The Wizards went on an 8-0 run to cut Golden State's lead to
83-73 with 8:24 left. Arenas later pulled Washington to 86-78 but
that was as close as the Wizards got.
"You have to give Golden State credit," Wizards coach Eddie
Jordan said. "They tasted blood and they came after us."
Richardson, who shot 12-for-19 from the field and 6-for-11
behind the arc, opened the fourth quarter with a dunk and a
3-pointer that gave the Warriors an 81-65 lead. He also hit a
3-pointer from the corner that gave the Warriors a 74-62 with 2:54
left in the third.
Wizards center Brendan Haywood had his fifth double-double of
the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wizards placed forward Jarvis Hayes on the injured list
because of a right knee injury. He is expected to miss four to six
weeks. ... Wizards forward Jared Jeffries missed the game because
of a bruised right knee, and forward Etan Thomas sat out with a
stomach virus. ... Warriors guard Baron Davis rejoined the team
Friday after spending two days with his ill grandmother. ...
Wizards guard Steve Blake was ejected late in the fourth quarter.
... The game was briefly delayed to clean up a drink spilled by
Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, who was struck by a ball. ... The
Wizards honored Bobby Dandridge, who helped the Washington Bullets
win the 1978 NBA championship.