"Pinch me," eight-year veteran Adonal Foyle said. "It's a
great feeling. It's a testament to a bunch of hardworking guys who
are beholden to each other."
Baron Davis had 21 points and 14 assists to lead the Warriors to
their fifth straight victory, 107-100 over the Charlotte Bobcats on
Jason Richardson added 22 points, including a rim-jarring jam in
the final seconds, as the Warriors moved into sole possession of
first place in the Pacific Division for the first time since March
2, 1992. Foyle was 16 years old back then.
The Warriors haven't made the playoffs since the 1993-94 season.
"Anytime you're in first place, it means something but don't
put too much into it," said Davis, the point guard whom many
credit for the turnaround. "We still have a tough schedule, and
the competition is getting a lot stiffer. We can't afford to play
up and down. We could easily go on a five-game losing streak. We
have to sustain a high level, and I like our chances."
Foyle had 12 points and 12 rebounds, Troy Murphy added 18 points
and 12 rebounds, and Derek Fisher scored 17 for the Warriors.
The Warriors' youngest player, Andris Biedrins, was 5 the last
time Golden State was atop the division. Biedrins gave the Warriors
the lead for good with a dunk early in the final quarter.
"We actually feel like we squandered a couple of games along
the way," Murphy said. "We're happy where we are but December
will be the real gauge."
Emeka Okafor had 19 points, 10 rebounds and matched his career
high with six blocked shots for the Bobcats, who lost their eighth
straight on the road and third overall. Brevin Knight added 19
points and nine assists.
Okafor recorded his 12th double-double, second only to Denver's
Marcus Camby, who has 13. The Bobcats made a team-record 43 free
A pair of 3-pointers by Murphy and Fisher gave the Warriors a
95-87 advantage going into the final five minutes. They held on
after trailing for most of the night against the second-year
"When you shoot 33 percent from the field and stay in the game
you don't have to hang your head," Charlotte coach Bernie
Bickerstaff said. "We took the shots and they just didn't fall.
They took it from us."
The Bobcats lost Kareem Rush with a left index finger injury. He
left the game with 7:07 left in the third quarter and didn't
return. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Rush's streak of 11 consecutive games with a 3-pointer ended
after he missed both of his attempts.
Foyle helped spark a 13-3 run for the Warriors to open the
second half. He scored five points and grabbed four rebounds,
including a key offensive board, as Golden State took a 67-60 lead.
The Warriors missed 10 of their next 11 shots, allowing the
Bobcats to regain the lead and head into the final quarter with a
"Their big guys gave us all kinds of trouble inside," Warriors
coach Mike Montgomery said. "Okafor was a beast and he changed
minds about going inside."
Charlotte outscored the Warriors 12-6 in the final 3:39 of the
first quarter to take a 30-24 edge.
The game ball had to be replaced 30 seconds into the second
quarter when a fan dropped his beer to protect himself from an
errant ball headed out of bounds under the basket. The ball landed
squarely in the middle of the puddle, delaying the game for several
Mike Dunleavy was whistled for his third foul with 3:33 left in
the first half and was clearly unhappy about it. He had a
discussion with referee Sean Corbin and knocked a plastic container
of chalk from the scorer's table, which bounced across the court
leaving a trail of white dust.
Rush gave the Bobcats a 57-54 halftime lead after grabbing an
offensive rebound and hitting a 13-foot fadeaway jumper in the
Charlotte F Sean May returned after missing three games
with soreness in his right knee. ... The Warriors next play on
Wednesday, the first time they get more than one consecutive day
off this season. ... Bobcats C Jake Voskuhl missed the game with a
sprained right ankle. ... Montgomery coached Knight at Stanford in
the mid 1990s. "I love Brevin," Montgomery said. "I enjoy
watching him play. He's a great player." ... The Bobcats were 4-37
against the West last year, 1-9 against the Pacific Division. ...
Foyle recorded his 25th career double-double. ... Davis was called
for a technical by Dick Bavetta in the final five minutes after
throwing a piece of gum in objecting to a call.