Red-hot Baron just misses triple-double in Warriors' win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Warriors moved the ball so well they had no need to stand around the perimeter and shoot 3-pointer after 3-pointer.

They converted alley-oops and got everybody involved offensively.

Still, they only beat undermanned Seattle.

Jason Richardson scored 26 points and Golden State ended its second five-game skid of the season with a 109-93 win over the struggling SuperSonics on Monday.

"Feels better," coach Mike Montgomery said. "This is what we had to have. They knew that. I knew that. We had to have this game."

Baron Davis had 25 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds two days after posting his fifth career triple-double with 24 points, 13 assists and a career-high 11 rebounds in a 110-104 home loss to the Lakers. The Warriors haven't had a player record back-to-back triple-doubles since Wilt Chamberlain on March 7 and 10, 1964, against the Los Angeles Lakers and Baltimore.

While Richardson pointed out this was only one win, it was certainly important for Golden State's psyche at this stage.

"It gives us the kind of attitude and swagger that we can get back," Davis said. "It's uplifting. We attacked the basket at opportune times and didn't rely solely on jumpers."

Mike Dunleavy added 22 points and Mickael Pietrus 19 off the bench in his second game back after missing 23 games with a sprained right knee. The Warriors avoided their first six-game losing streak since last Jan. 21-Feb. 2 and their first since acquiring Davis at the trading deadline last season.

Luke Ridnour had 18 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds and Damien Wilkins also had 18, but the Sonics looked out of sync playing again without suspended leading scorer Ray Allen. He missed his third game to complete his penalty for fighting with Orlando's
Keyon Dooling last Wednesday.

Rashard Lewis, Seattle's second-leading scorer, was held to 10 points on 5-for-17 shooting -- 0-of-5 from 3-point range -- and seemed sluggish trying to carry more weight in Allen's absence.

"I just couldn't get it going," Lewis said. "I didn't have the bounce or rhythm. If I'm missing shots and creating turnovers, I should get taken out. All I'm doing is messing up the game."

Even Montgomery acknowledged his team caught Seattle at the right time. What did Golden State do better in this game?

"Scheduled," Montgomery quipped.

The Warriors used an 13-2 run late in the third quarter to turn a close game into an 85-67 lead and Golden State led comfortably the rest of the way.

Nick Collison and Robert Swift each had 12 points off the bench for Seattle, which came in allowing a league-high 105.3 points per game and lost for the sixth time in seven games.

The Sonics played without forward Danny Fortson and center Vitaly Potapenko. Fortson (sore left knee) and Potapenko (lower back strain) did not travel.

The Warriors' struggles were beginning to wear on Montgomery, who worried about every defeat during his 18 years at Stanford before bolting for the NBA last year to coach a franchise that has now missed the playoffs a league-worst 11 straight years.

"Dealing with the negativity," Montgomery said, "it comes from all directions, and it's hard."

Golden State made nine of its first 14 shots to 4-for-13 by Seattle and the Warriors jumped out to 7-0 and 20-9 leads. They led 55-46 at halftime after forcing the Sonics into nine turnovers.

Davis and Ridnour had to be separated 11.7 seconds before halftime after Davis intentionally made a hard swipe at Ridnour after the whistle had blown for a foul against Davis, who then received a technical.

Game notes
Adonal Foyle returned to the Warriors' starting lineup after being demoted to the bench for a Dec. 28 against Boston in favor of rookie Ike Diogu, who started eight straight games. Foyle had four points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots. ... Both Golden State and Seattle have three days off before playing again Friday. Sonics coach Bob Hill, 2-6 since taking over for the fired Bob Weiss earlier this month, has a light day of practice scheduled Tuesday but plans to use the time to keep working on his team's subpar defense. "This team when I first got there played defense with their hands down -- the worst I've ever seen," Hill said. ... The Warriors drew 20,011 and have brought in 20,000 or more fans for three straight games for the first time in franchise history. The two other opponents: Shaquille O'Neal and Miami and Kobe Bryant
and the Lakers.


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