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Warriors stop road skid vs. Magic
Published February 9, 2005
ORLANDO - A little perseverance paid off for the Warriors.
Jason Richardson scored 11 of his 32 in the final 3:24, and Golden State defeated the Magic 113-109 Tuesday night to snap a 10-game road losing streak.
"It's been tough for us, because there's a lot of games where we gave a good effort only to come out on the short end," said Derek Fisher, who added 25 points. "It feels good to get this win. A lot of times when your effort isn't rewarded, you start to get down."
Coach Mike Montgomery added: "We just aren't getting positive feedback, and a win on the road was huge for us."
The Warriors, who had lost 17 of 19, also snapped an 11-game losing streak in Orlando.
"I reminded the guys we hadn't won here in 13 years," said Richardson, who had 11 rebounds. "Guys didn't know that and it really woke them up."
Golden State shot 47.6 percent, the first time in nine games it topped 45 percent, and enjoyed its season high for scoring in a regulation-length game.
"We played their (fast) pace and got up and down with them," Richardson said. "They really allowed guys to penetrate, and that's what we did. When they stopped our penetration, we kicked it out to the open man."
Down the stretch, Montgomery went almost exclusively to the two-man game of Richardson outside and Adonal Foyle inside.
Foyle scored 13 of his season-best 15 in the fourth quarter, and his free throw with 1:07 left snapped a tie at 107. After Grant Hill missed a jumper, Richardson's layup put the Warriors up by three with 14.4 seconds left.
Richardson shot 11-for-22 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the line. Foyle made 6 of 9 shots but only 3 of 7 free throws.
"We were playing a 2-5 pick, and they were really keying in on me," Richardson said. "So, we had to get it into the big fella down there. He did his job, got the ball and made some big shots for us."
The Magic has lost four of five.
Orlando has struggled against bad teams, with nine of its 23 losses to teams currently below .500. But Steve Francis was on target when he called this its "most degrading loss of the season."
"I don't think guys came focused," said Francis, who had 21 points, six rebounds and six assists. "Defensively, we didn't have any intensity.
"I'm tired of doing this by myself. I'm the only one who's mad out there. We've got to have other guys step up and be physical. Take fouls if you have to, but don't let guys just put up their hands by their head, just lay the ball up, just shoot, just do whatever they want to."