PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jason Richardson and the Golden State
Warriors felt right at home inside the Rose Garden.
Richardson scored 31 points, including a team record-tying seven
3-pointers, and the Warriors stopped a 12-game road losing streak
by beating Portland 105-87 Saturday.
"I just had the feeling early and my teammates just kept
getting me the ball," Richardson said. "I just kept hitting my
Richardson matched a team record for 3s held by Tim Hardaway,
Chris Mullin and Clifford Robinson.
Golden State was 11-of-17 on 3-pointers -- Richardson missed only
one -- and shot 50 percent overall. The Warriors had lost 11 in a
row at Portland, dating to 1998.
"You could tell guys wanted this game," Richardson said.
Portland coach Maurice Cheeks said that the Trail Blazers, who
gave up a litany of wide-open jumpers and uncontested layups, were
"one of those bad teams."
The Blazers, who have lost four straight at home, are 17-24 this
season, the farthest below .500 the team has been since the 1975-76
"It's mental, we are not a bad team," said Blazers guard Derek
Anderson. "I don't understand it. It's a simple game."
The Warriors had 14 offensive rebounds -- 11 from Dampier, and
Golden State outrebounded Portland 42-34.
"Rebounding was a big focus of ours tonight, keeping them off
the offensive boards" said Warriors coach Eric Musselman. "Our
perimeters did a good job keeping them off the defensive boards."
Dale Davis returned to the Blazers after abruptly leaving
practice Friday, unhappy at finding out he would be fined for
missing a flight to Minnesota Jan.7.
Ruben Patterson made his first career start, taking Davis' place
in the lineup. Davis was scoreless with one rebound in 20 minutes.
Cheeks said Davis will be fined again for leaving practice.
Portland was as close as 84-79 in the fourth quarter, but too
many defensive breakdowns left the Warriors wide open. By the time
Richardson made his final two 3-pointers, the lead was up to 96-83.
Golden State opened up with a 24-9 lead, shooting 72 percent in
the first 8:02 of the game, as Portland struggled to get back on
Dampier had a double-double by halftime, and the Warriors led
Portland got as close as 62-61, but broke down again on defense,
allowing Richardson to hit open 3s.
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had his fourth 20-rebound game of the season, tying Kevin Garnett
for tops in the league. ... Davis said he was docked a full game's
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