7:30 PM ET, December 28, 2005
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA
Diogu had a solid outing in his first career start in place of Foyle, who put his frustrations aside and provided the Warriors with a big boost off the bench.
Derek Fisher took a pass from Baron Davis and drove through the paint for a left-handed layup with 6.2 seconds left, and the Warriors snapped a season-worst five-game losing streak with a 111-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
"We needed a win," Foyle said. "Each of us wanted to be at our best tonight in order to get a win."
After Fisher's go-ahead basket, Paul Pierce dribbled the ball off his leg on the Celtics' final possession and Davis came up with the ball.
Jason Richardson scored six of his 36 points in the final 4:12, including an 18-foot fadeaway jumper with 1:34 to go. Richardson and teammate Troy Murphy gave Boston a big chance when they fought over a rebound and lost possession to the Celtics, who called timeout with 37 seconds to play.
But Mark Blount, who had 21 points and eight assists, missed a 16-footer from the top 5 seconds later to give the Warriors another opportunity. Ricky Davis had tied the game at 107 with two free throws at 1:55.
Pierce had 28 points and 12 rebounds and Delonte West tied his career high with 19 points for the sloppy Celtics, who committed 23 turnovers.
Boston coach Doc Rivers wanted a timeout in the waning moments but nobody called it.
"Even if we got it up court, we wouldn't have gotten a good shot off," Rivers said. "It's a tough loss. The game felt like the last team who had the ball was going to score. Nobody was playing defense on either team."
Baron Davis had 11 points, 12 assists, five steals and four rebounds. Troy Murphy added 17 points.
The Warriors (15-14), in jeopardy of falling below .500 for the first time all season, also ended a four-game home losing streak, their longest at Oakland Arena since a six-game skid from March 1-24, 2002. They had been allowing more than 110 points per game during the slide.
Golden State used a 7-0 fourth-quarter run for a 97-89 lead, making four straight free throws during the stretch, but Boston fought back.
Ricky Davis added 24 points for Boston, which lost its second straight on a five-game road trip that started with Monday's 118-111 loss at Seattle. The Celtics struggled in the third quarter this time, shooting 9-for-20 and trailing by as many as nine.
Warriors coach Mike Montgomery's decision to shuffle his lineup and start Diogu seemed to work in an effort to get the Warriors off to a better start.
Diogu, last season's Pac-10 player of the year and the ninth overall draft pick this year out of Arizona State, finished with 12 points and one rebound in 24 minutes before fouling out with 4:35 left. Blount's ensuing three-point play pulled Boston within 101-100.
"It definitely is a two-man job," Diogu said of the center position. "I fouled out being aggressive like the coaches told me to do."
Foyle said before the game he hoped the move would get him more motivated, and he showed that on the court. In the third quarter, he jumped into the passing lane to make a steal and had a breakaway dunk opportunity before being fouled -- an uncharacteristic play from the 6-foot-10 center. He finished with seven points, six rebounds and a season-high five blocks.
"If I can get 12 points from (Diogu) and seven points and five blocks from Adonal, it doesn't matter who starts to me," Montgomery said. "It's more than we've got out of that position in a while."
Both teams came out shooting well.
The Warriors made 11 of their first 13 shots, but Boston was 13-for-14 -- 92.9 percent -- before a timeout midway through the first quarter. Boston then made its next basket before Ricky Davis missed a 12-foot jumper.
Richardson swished a 3 from the top of the arc as the buzzer sounded ending the first quarter, pulling the Warriors within 38-37. Golden State shot 70 percent in the period to 72 for the Celtics.
"It was basically a game full of offense," Pierce said. "They probably played a little more defense than we did. We were giving up layups at crucial times in the game and it's tough to win. We're putting too much pressure on ourselves to score every time down when we don't get stops."
The Warriors were outrebounded 20-8 in the first half, but Boston committed 14 turnovers that led to 18 points for Golden State on the way to a 58-57 halftime lead.
Warriors rookie F Chris Taft was examined Tuesday in Los Angeles and doctors confirmed he has back spasms. Golden State offered no timetable for his return, saying Taft would do skill and strength work. ... Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana sat courtside and received a warm ovation. Raiders receiver Jerry Porter also was in attendance. ... The Warriors sold out consecutive home games for the first time since April 6 and 9, 2004. ... Pierce had his 11th double-double.
Team Stat Comparison
|FGM-FGA||41-77 (.532)||44-82 (.537)|
|3PM-3PA||4-13 (.308)||6-22 (.273)|
|FTM-FTA||23-30 (.767)||17-25 (.680)|
|Fast Break Points||15||14|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (1/0)||25 (0/0)|