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Short-handed Warriors slip past reeling Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Ike Diogu had 15 points and eight rebounds
to lead the short-handed Golden State Warriors over the Portland
Trail Blazers 86-81 Saturday night.

Juan Dixon and Martell Webster each scored 17 points for the
Blazers, who have lost 17 of their last 18 games and have the worst
record in the NBA.

Andris Biedrins had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy
added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors,
who have won three straight but are in last place in the Pacific
Division.

Portland shot 47 percent from the field to Golden State's 37
percent but was outrebounded 50-33.

With several key Warriors out with injuries, Diogu has shined.
He had averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the previous four
contests.

Golden State only had nine players available. Troy Murphy and
Baron Davis have ankle injuries, Jason Richardson sat out with a
sore knee and Mickael Pietrus has a strained right groin.

Will Bynum had 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and
Derek Fisher added 12 for Golden State.

Jarrett Jack scored 15 points and Sebastian Telfair had 12 for
the Blazers.

Both teams have given their young players plenty of minutes over
the last few weeks to try to evaluate their rosters.

Golden State rookie Monta Ellis, who is just a year out of high
school, started for the second straight night and had 11 points and
four assists.

Webster, also a rookie who skipped college, had 18 off the bench
Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and entered the game
averaging 13.7 points in his last three games.

Golden State jumped out to a quick lead as the Blazers missed
eight of their first 10 shots. Biedrins made a jumper to make it
16-9, and it was 28-15 with 9:45 left in the second quarter.

Dixon had seven points as Portland went on a 10-0 run to cut the
lead to five. Telfair converted two layups just before the end of
the half to get the Blazers within 40-37.

The Blazers took the lead early in the second half, but lost it
and soon fell behind 60-50 after Golden State put together an 11-3
run that Fisher capped with a long 3. Portland whittled the lead
down in the fourth, but the Warriors made enough free throws to
hold on.

Portland was without Joel Przybilla, who shut down his season
earlier in the week due to a knee injury, and Zach Randolph (knee),
who is day to day.

Much of the intrigue lately has come off the court for the
Blazers. Paul Allen attended what he acknowledged might be his
final game as owner. Allen told The Oregonian newspaper Friday that
he has come to terms with the possibility of selling the team,
which he bought in 1988 but has been costing him millions of
dollars to keep afloat.

Former Blazers guard Terry Porter has announced he is attempting
to round up investors to make an offer for the team.

Game notes
Portland fined Randolph for missing the team photo before
the game. ... Darius Miles, who was sent home from Los Angeles
after changing out of his uniform during the Blazers' Wednesday
loss to the Clippers, was booed as he entered the game in the first
quarter. He finished with eight points. ... The Warriors snapped a
five-game road slide.

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