Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 12/12

Game 1: Friday, December 12th
Hornets96Final
Warriors85
Game 2: Saturday, March 13th
Warriors84Final
Hornets102

Hornets 96

(17-7, 9-4 away)

Warriors 85

(10-11, 8-5 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, December 12, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    NO 24 20 26 2696
    GS 22 22 20 2185

    Top Performers

    NO: B. Davis 27 Pts, 3 Reb, 12 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: M. Dunleavy 25 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Davis has 27 points, 12 assists

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Eric Musselman admires asparagus-eating point guard Baron Davis of the New Orleans Hornets. It just so happens that he's disgusted by Davis' diet -- and by what Davis did to Golden State.

    Davis had 27 points and 12 assists and David Wesley added 23 points in the Hornets' fourth straight win, 96-85 over the Warriors.

    It was the latest nice performance by Davis, whose game has improved measurably this season in large part because of a change in his diet.

    "It's not easy for us to eat asparagus if you're not used to all that green," Musselman said. "I'll gag if I'm in the same room."

    Davis scored 19 of his points in the first half, then was held scoreless for about 20 minutes until making a 3-pointer with 4:57 left. He started the second half 0-for-7 and finished the game 9-of-21.

    "Tonight I had the hot hand in the first quarter and the last quarter," Davis said. "We wanted to keep it close and try to win it down the stretch with our defense and 3-point shooting, and that's what we were able to do."

    P.J. Brown added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets, who have won the first two games of their four-game West Coast road trip.

    Warriors rookie Mickael Pietrus, who guarded Davis in the second half, scored a career-high 11 points. He hit a baseline 3 with 7:49 left that tied the game at 72.

    "I was just trying to bring energy over him and get a stop," Pietrus said of Davis. "He's still a killer."

    Golden State's Mike Dunleavy had 15 of his 25 points in the third quarter, making three 3-pointers. Nick Van Exel added 12 points, eight assists and five rebounds, but the Warriors shot only 39 percent to lose their second straight.

    "We lost to a very good basketball team," Musselman said. "They are a very physical basketball team and Baron Davis has made himself into a phenomenal basketball player."

    In a tight fourth quarter, Wesley slammed the ball down when whistled for an offensive foul with 2:42 left, but no technical foul was called despite the entire Warriors' bench asking for one.

    Dunleavy scored with 2:20 left to pull Golden State to 85-83, but Wesley hit a 3, Van Exel had a turnover, P.J. Brown made a layup and the game was all but over.

    Golden State lost at home to an Eastern Conference team for the first time in six games this season.

    Wesley scored 17 in the second half as the Hornets took control. They made 12 3-pointers, a Warriors' opponent season-high, and shot 54.5 percent from behind the arc.

    "It's been a staple of our team," Hornets coach Tim Floyd said of the 3s. "People wonder why we take them, but that's where our strength of scoring is."

    New Orleans used a 9-0 spurt midway through the third quarter to go ahead 57-49, and Jamaal Magloire's short jumper late in the period made it 67-58.

    But the Hornets went cold early in the fourth quarter and Golden State stayed close thanks to the energy from Pietrus and Brian Cardinal.

    Cardinal added 10 points and four rebounds off the bench. He had made 25 straight free throws before missing with 1:35 left in the first period.

    New Orleans forward George Lynch left at the 7:16 mark of the first quarter after getting poked in the eye. He received four stitches over his right eye but returned in the second quarter.

    Both teams were sloppy early -- the Warriors were 9-of-23 in the first quarter to 9-of-21 for the Hornets. Golden State started the second quarter with a 7-0 run but settled for a 44-all tie at halftime.

    The Hornets went 7-of-13 on 3-pointers in the first half to stay in the game despite shooting 34.8 percent. They finished 43.9.

    Game notes


    Davis had his 11th double-double. ... Golden State G Speedy Claxton didn't play because of back spasms. G Calbert Cheaney sat out with a left hip pointer. ... Warriors F Troy Murphy, on the injured list with a hurt right foot since the start of the season, should be practicing again this weekend and could play during the team's road trip next week. Murphy is running again and doing catch-and-shoot drills. "I'm doing more and more each day," he said. "It's feeling better. At first, it was stepping-on-a-rock-like soreness." ... F Popeye Jones and C Adonal Foyle, both coming off left knee surgery, both are beginning agility drills and starting to shoot again. Foyle will be running by next week. "It's coming along," he said. "But not quickly enough."

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    NO
    GS
    Points 96 85
    FGM-FGA 36-82 (.439) 32-82 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 12-22 (.545) 7-19 (.368)
    FTM-FTA 12-16 (.750) 14-19 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-49 11-39
    Assists 22 20
    Turnovers 12 11
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Golden State
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 27
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 25
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1