Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/8

Game 1: Friday, November 8th
Warriors104Final
Hornets110
Game 2: Wednesday, December 18th
Hornets106Final
Warriors111

Hornets 106

(17-10, 6-9 away)

Warriors 111

(9-16, 7-7 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 18, 2002

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 20 32 26 28106
    GS 27 33 19 32111

    Top Performers

    NO: J. Mashburn 23 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast

    GS: A. Jamison 35 Pts, 13 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Boykins, Warriors snap three-game losing streak

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Antawn Jamison and Earl Boykins found it much easier for the Golden State Warriors to hold a narrow lead than to chase one.

    Antawn Jamison
    Jamison

    Jamison had 35 points and 13 rebounds as the Warriors snapped their three-game losing streak with another impressive home victory, 111-106 over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.

    Gilbert Arenas scored 22 points on a sprained right ankle, and Troy Murphy had 18 points and 12 rebounds as the young Warriors kept their poise through a tense fourth quarter in which they never led by more than five points, but never trailed, either.

    It was another step forward for the Warriors, who fell behind and never caught up in each of their three dispiriting road losses over the past week. With the 5-foot-5 Boykins energizing the offense and Jamison shooting well, Golden State hung on.

    "It all comes down to us not having to fight back,'' said Jamison, who finished two points off his season high. "It's so much better to be up than to be down by eight or 10 points, and needing to make it all up. Even though it's tense, it puts us in better position to win.''

    Elden Campbell scored 24 points, and Jamal Mashburn and Baron Davis had 23 apiece as New Orleans lost its third straight game for the first time all season.

    Boykins scored nine of his 13 points for Golden State in the fourth quarter, including two free throws with 41 seconds left.

    Mashburn and Davis missed shots for New Orleans in the closing seconds. After Adonal Foyle missed two free throws with 10.2 seconds left, Mashburn missed another 3-pointer and Foyle hit two free throws with 2.3 seconds left.

    "I got a good look, and I thought it was going in,'' Davis said of his 3-point attempt with 11 seconds left. "I should have gone to the hole. I feel I didn't play as well as I should have played. In order for us to win, I have to play better. Defensively, they went around me and created havoc.''

    Golden State snapped a seven-game losing streak against the Hornets, including three straight at The Arena, by winning a battle of styles. New Orleans' deliberate offense and talented post players contrasted sharply with the Warriors' speed and perimeter skill.

    Coach Eric Musselman's inexperienced team occasionally shows remarkable poise in Oakland. The Warriors have beaten the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio, Phoenix and Orlando while going 7-7 at home.

    "We're not a ballclub that can grind out each possession,'' Musselman said. "We try to push the ball. ... I really thought we dug in defensively. I know they scored 106 points, but look at their field goal percentage (42.1). This was the most physical game that we've had defensively.''

    Jamison, the NBA's fifth-leading scorer, had 20 points after halftime, including a jumper with 1:08 left that came moments after Boykins beat the shot clock with an awkward 12-foot set shot. Once again, Boykins' infectious energy provided a valuable boost in the closing minutes.

    "He seems to get a spark going every time I see that little joker,'' Campbell said. "He's a tough little guy.''

    "He played about as well as anybody can play in the fourth quarter,'' Davis said of Boykins. "He was the difference.''

    The Hornets opened their seven-game road trip with consecutive victories over Utah and the Lakers, but they were outrebounded 47-34 while playing terrible defense against Jamison and Arenas, who had seven assists.

    Campbell hadn't scored more than 14 points all season, but he got 16 in the first half with a feathery touch on a series of outside shots. He kept the Hornets close as Golden State shot nearly 56 percent in the first half, with Arenas, Jamison and Murphy all reaching double figures.

    New Orleans fell behind early in the first quarter but reclaimed the lead late in the third with a 19-8 run. Golden State got back in front on big shots by Arenas and Jamison, then nursed the lead through the entire fourth.

    Game notes


    The Hornets went 37-for-39 at the free throw line. ... Golden State has won four of its last six home games. ... The Hornets have two road games remaining before Christmas, while Golden State won't leave California again in December. ... Announced attendance was 11,567, even though the upper bowl at The Arena was nearly empty.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    GS
    Points 106 111
    FGM-FGA 32-76 (.421) 41-82 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 1-3 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 37-39 (.949) 28-35 (.800)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-34 15-47
    Assists 20 19
    Turnovers 12 12
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 4 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 28 (0/0) 23 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Golden State
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 23
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 35
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1