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Warriors rally for fourth straight home win

Nov 15, 2006 - 6:07 AM OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- Baron Davis' hot shooting in the fourth quarter helped the Golden State Warriors overcome a sluggish second.

Davis scored 22 points and collected a season-high 12 assists and Mike Dunleavy added a season-high 22 with eight rebounds to lead the Warriors to their fourth consecutive home victory, a 110-99 triumph over the Toronto Raptors.

Playing the third contest of a seven-game homestand, which ties a franchise record, Golden State won its third straight encounter over Toronto by limiting the Raptors to just 37 points in the second half.

"Tonight was a good win for us, especially because we were undermanned," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "Our entire game plan had to change. ... The second half was real good because our defensive coverage was real good. It was a real close game and overall, both teams played well."

Trailing, 80-76, after three quarters, the Warriors rallied behind Davis, who scored 11 points in the fourth, including a 3-pointer and a jumper on consecutive possessions for a 97-90 lead with 6:08 left.

"I just come into the game and concentrate on what I need to do to be effective and that's attack, attack, attack," Davis said. "I'm just out there, happy to be playing with this team. It feels good to be playing and playing with this team."

"Baron Davis and those guys are tough one-on-one players," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "We had some breakdowns on defense where we went for the steal and didn't come up with it, where they made the shot because they shot the ball well."

After Monta Ellis buried a jumper from the right corner, Mickael Pietrus set up Davis for another 3-pointer, which capped a 17-2 run to give Golden State a 102-90 lead with 4:29 to play.

"I told my guys, 'We've got to win the last eight minutes,'" Davis said. "We're in better shape than they are from all the running that we do. I knew I was just going to have to push the ball and feed off my teammates."

"We just stepped up our defense," Ellis said. "Coach (Nelson) wanted us to put it away. He lets us know if we play all four quarters like that, it'll be tough to beat us. (Davis) played the whole game and in the fourth quarter he picked it up even more."

Andris Biedrins scored a season-high 14 points and tied a career best with 12 rebounds and Ellis and Jason Richardson added 14 apiece for Golden State, which has topped the century mark in all five victories this season.

"I think we're really playing great ball the last couple of games," Biedrins said. "The main thing is we are working hard on defense, really hard, and I think that matches our success. The coach says everything starts with defense."

Golden State took a 31-21 lead early in the second quarter before Toronto caught fire by scoring 41 points, posting a 15-3 rebounding edge and shooting 67 percent (12-of-18) from the floor in the period for a 62-56 halftime edge.

Chris Bosh scored 23 points and tied a career high with 22 rebounds, T.J. Ford added 16 and Anthony Parker 15 for the Raptors, who fell to 2-5 after losing its third straight game.

"We gave effort for about 40 of the 48 minutes," Bosh said. "In this league, it's hard to win a game and we can't be satisfied with just 40 minutes of hard work. We had them on the ropes. We missed some shots but we just have to stay tight on defense."

"It is frustrating because we are all playing hard," Ford said. "We are giving it our all and just come up short. We just have to continue to keep trying and try to do it for 48 minutes."

After averaging 12.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in his first seven games, Troy Murphy was a late scratch for the Warriors with soreness in his left Achilles tendon.

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