OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Erick Dampier is becoming greedy when it
comes to his rebounding prowess. Two of his teammates also reached
double digits Sunday night, and Dampier half-jokingly said he
didn't like it.
Dampier had 11 points and 17 rebounds for his seventh straight
double-double and NBA-high 12th of the season as the Golden State
Warriors snapped a five-game losing streak to Portland by beating
the Trail Blazers 78-72 Sunday night.
"J-Rich and Dunleavy were getting rebounds that should have
been mine. I'm going to start stealing rebounds from them," said
Dampier, who received a standing ovation when he went to the bench
with 5:50 left. He is averaging 14.1 rebounds per game, best in the
Golden State drew two offensive fouls against Portland in the
final minutes of a game in which neither team led by more than six
"I thought the turning point in the game was Erick Dampier's
sequence in the fourth quarter," Warriors coach Eric Musselman
said. "The fans gave him a standing ovation, and that was the
turning point for us. It really gave us extra energy and some extra
Zach Randolph had 17 for the Blazers, who are winless in five
road games and were sloppy down the stretch.
Bonzi Wells, back following his two-game suspension for cursing
at coach Maurice Cheeks in Monday's loss to Dallas, had a
three-point play with 1:33 left to pull Portland to 73-72, but
Cliff Robinson scored on the other end and Jeff McInnis missed a 3
with 29.6 seconds left. Several other desperation shots fell short.
Both teams shot 38 percent.
"It was just a bad offensive game all the way around," Cheeks
said. "We couldn't make any shots. That was the difference. When
you're struggling on the offensive end, you have to capitalize on
the fast breaks and we didn't do it."
Golden State seemed to be missing the on-court leadership and
intensity of starting point guard Nick Van Exel, who sat out his
third straight game with pain in his surgically repaired left knee.
But the Warriors got a gutsy effort from Speedy Claxton, who had
nine points, a season-high seven rebounds, four assists and two
steals -- not to mention all his hustle plays in his seventh start
of the season.
Cheeks didn't use the fiery Wells until 7:20 remained in the
third quarter, and Wells was booed loudly by the crowd of 14,332
when he checked in.
Wells made back-to-back long jumpers, including a 3-pointer,
early in the fourth as the teams traded four perimeter baskets.
When he didn't get a foul call a couple minutes later, Wells
hollered at the officials and put his arm around referee Matt
Boland trying to make his point.
Wells, who was at the center of an ugly fight here last December
that erupted after Rasheed Wallace's game-winning shot, finished
with 13 points and four rebounds in 15 minutes.
Even Richardson had his problems in this sloppy game: He missed
a one-handed dunk late in the third quarter that he usually would
put down, though he was fouled on the play.
Dampier might just have to deal with the fact his teammates want
to rebound, too.
"I have made rebounding a personal point of emphasis,"
Richardson said. "Once I get rebounds on either the offensive or
defensive end, it gets me going."
The Warriors missed several easy shots in the paint during the
first half and fell behind 41-39 at halftime to the Blazers, who
shot 47.6 percent but also had eight turnovers. There were 16 lead
changes in the first half.
Golden State hadn't beaten the Blazers since April 2, 2002.
... The Warriors have four days off before their next game, Friday
at Phoenix. Musselman plans to use the time to add several new
elements to the team's offensive and defensive schemes. "We'll use
the practice time to try and clean up some areas that we thought we
were deficient in," Musselman said. ... Dampier was the first
Warriors player to record seven consecutive double-doubles since
Antawn Jamison did it from Dec. 27, 2000-Jan. 8, 2001. He leads the
NBA with 12 double-doubles.