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
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
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
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
"It definitely is a two-man job," Diogu said of the center
position. "I fouled out being aggressive like the coaches told me
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
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
"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.
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