Knicks fall to 0-3 on road trip, playoff hopes fading

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two-time All-Star Baron Davis has a simple nickname around the Golden State locker room.

"He's the boss," said teammate Mickael Pietrus after Davis scored 33 points and handed out nine assists in the Warriors' 108-100 win over New York on Monday. "I thought when he first came here he was going to be like some big star where you couldn't talk to him. But he's helping everybody out and making us all a better team."

Davis scored 13 points in the third quarter, when the Warriors took control of the game for good. He also outdueled the Knicks'
Stephon Marbury in a matchup of two of the NBA's top point guards.

Marbury had 31 points and eight assists but was held in check by the combination of Davis and Derek Fisher for most of the game before scoring 15 in the fourth quarter.

Troy Murphy had his 29th double-double of the season for the Warriors with 19 points and 19 rebounds.

Golden State has won five of its last six games and nine overall since acquiring Davis in a Feb. 24 trade from New Orleans. The Warriors had won only 16 games all season before Davis' arrival.

Golden State struggled against New York before Davis got going. He scored 12 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting, while the rest of the Warriors were just 10-for-40.

"I still think in a way guys were waiting for Baron to make a play for them rather than doing their thing," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "He's very accommodating, but it puts a lot of pressure on him to get people (going). When he sees Marbury having a game, he'll be doggoned if he's going to let anybody one-up him, so he gets out and goes to work."

Pietrus had 17 points for the resurgent Warriors (25-45), who split the season series with the Knicks. Jason Richardson added 12 points and Mike Dunleavy had 11.

Marbury led New York in scoring for the 34th time this season but failed to shake the Knicks out of their recent slump.

New York is 0-3 on its current trip and has won just eight times in 34 road games this season.

The loss also dealt a blow to New York's slim playoff hopes.

"We have to continue to fight," Marbury said. "We can't put our heads down and say it's over, because mathematically we're still in it. Everyone is trying to come in and do the right things to win. It just didn't happen tonight."

Golden State isn't going to the playoffs, but the Warriors have been playing more aggressively since trading for Davis, the catalyst for the team's recent surge.

When the teams met on March 6, the Warriors hadn't yet acquired Davis and were struggling. New York went on a 23-6 run late in the fourth quarter of that game and won handily, 115-99.

There was no such effort from the Knicks on Monday night. New York, which led by 11 points late in the first half, fell behind 85-74 early in the fourth quarter and never came close after that despite.

"It was a great matchup, great energy, great atmosphere, playing against Stephon," Davis said. "He's one of the guys that I admire and look up to and he's always helped me with my game. It's always a great challenge and a great battle when we step out on the court against each other."

Golden State trailed by 11 with 5:07 left in the second quarter before going on a 13-2 run to close out the half. Murphy had four points and Pietrus made a 3-point play with 25 seconds left to cap the spurt and tie the game at 44.Game notes
Jamal Crawford scored 13 points and had eight assists for New York but spent most of the third quarter on the bench. "If you look at the last three weeks, it's kind of been like that so I'm just adjusting," Crawford said. "I don't like controversy and being in the media, so I just go with the flow." ... Golden State
goes on the road for a two-game trip against Milwaukee and Utah before returning home for seven of the final 10 games. ... New York has lost five of its last six games against the Warriors over the past three seasons. ... Golden State honored its 1975 championship team at halftime. Several former players were on hand -- including Rick Barry, Jamal Wilkes and Butch Beard, along with former coach Al Attles -- to take part in the 30th anniversary of the franchise's last NBA title. The Warriors' only other NBA title came when the team called Philadelphia home. ... Both teams wore throwback uniforms during the game.

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