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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.

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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