OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Antawn Jamison thinks Golden State is
making strides toward becoming a playoff contender. Responding to a
tough loss was a step in the right direction.
Jamison scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Warriors
defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-80 on Wednesday night, two
days after the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Warriors on a last second
"For us to respond the way he did after that tough loss is
really showing the type of strides we're making as a team,''
Jamison said. "It was good to come back and take care of
Jason Richardson had 16 and Gilbert Arenas added 14 points and
11 assists as the Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak and
improved to 11-9 at home.
"I think things are on the up and up,'' Richardson said. "We
picked up the team defense tonight.''
Ricky Davis scored 21 points to lead the Cavaliers, who lost for
the eighth time in 10 games and fell to 3-19 on the road.
"We got out of sync,'' Davis said. "We were shooting too many
early shots, and we didn't get organized.''
Carlos Boozer recorded his 10th double-double with 18 points and
13 rebounds as Cleveland lost to the Warriors for just the fourth
time in its last 21 meetings. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points.
Adonal Foyle also recorded a double-double for the Warriors with
12 rebounds and 10 points. He also blocked seven shots.
"I thought Adonal set the tone defensively and scored when we
needed points in the first half,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman
said. "He gave us a huge lift and helped turn the game around.''
Jamison and Richardson combined to score 15 of the Warriors' 22
third-quarter points, giving Golden State a 76-66 edge heading into
the final period.
Jamison recorded his eighth double-double, and his first in six
Golden State took an 84-70 lead on a Jamison jumper with 7:29
remaining in the game and was able to maintain a comfortable lead
the rest of the way.
The Warriors, 7-1 at home against the Eastern Conference,
outscored the Cavaliers 13-2 over the final 4:07.
"We missed a lot of free throws and didn't shoot the ball very
well,'' Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "We just struggled, and
they just continued to come at us.''
Davis, who had 17 points at halftime, missed both of his shots
in the third quarter as Cleveland went 7-of-23 from the field.
"We just tried to make him work for it and he missed some
shots,'' Warriors guard Bob Sura said. "You know he's going to get
his points. You don't want him to have the big nights like he's
done to a few teams.''
The Warriors held the Cavaliers to an opponents' low 17 points
in the third quarter.
"We overemphasized how important the final half was,''
Musselman said. "We weren't mentally ready coming out of the half
against Memphis (on Monday) and that cost us. This time we had
better ball pressure and held them to a low percentage.''
The 32 points scored by the Warriors in the first quarter
were two off their season high. ... Davis, the only Cavalier to
score 40 or more points three times in a season, has improved his
scoring average by 11.2 points a game, best in the league. ... Troy
Murphy is the only NBA player to improve both his points and
rebounds by at least six per game over last year. ... Jamison
started his 202nd straight game, tying him with San Antonio's Tim
Duncan for the third-longest current streak in the NBA. ... The
Warriors won just 14 games at home last year. ... Cleveland was
9-32 on the road last year.