Davis had 21 points and 16 assists to lead the Golden State
Warriors to their fourth straight home victory, 116-97 over the
Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Barnes tied a franchise record
with seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points.
Davis, raised by his grandmother Lela Nicholson in Los Angeles,
played in front of her for just the second time in Oakland.
Davis made sure to acknowledge his grandmother during halftime,
visiting her at her courtside seat.
"Baron is a great point guard and with him here and me being
close to home, I feel comfortable," said Barnes, who hails from
Sacramento. "This is the right time and the right place. I'm
getting the opportunity to play."
After two nondescript years with the 76ers, Barnes reworked his
shooting form and has become a fan favorite with Golden State. He's
set career highs in points (32) and rebounds (12) with the
Warriors, and reached double figures 10 times with a pair of
double-doubles. Barnes entered the year with career averages of 3.7
points and 3.0 rebounds.
"You could tell he was focused from the first couple of 3s,"
Davis said. "Matt wanted to prove to them that he can shoot it.
It's great to have guys like him out there, finishing plays."
Rodney Carney scored a career-high 25 points for the 76ers, who
continue to have problems on the road. Philadelphia lost its 11th
in 12 away contests and is 3-12 on the road. Andre Iguodala and
Andre Miller each added 14 points.
"Golden State is a unique team," the Sixers' Kyle Korver said.
"With Barnes playing the four and hitting all those 3s, there
aren't many teams who play like that. We were never in the flow
offensively or defensively. This was not a good night."
The Warriors led by as many as 29 points during the second half
and held their largest halftime lead of the season at 67-47.
Barnes hit his first three 3-pointers of the second half and
scored nine of the Warriors' first 11 points, forcing the Sixers to
use a pair of timeouts in the first 4:30 of the third quarter.
Golden State led 91-62 with 3:22 left before settling for a 93-71
edge entering the final quarter.
"He's got something to prove," Iguodala said. "His game spoke
for everything. He's been with us twice and he wanted to show us
that we didn't treat him right or something. He had a chip on his
Davis exploited nearly every opportunity to pile up 11 assists
and 14 points in the first half. The Warriors shot 67 percent in
the second quarter (12-of-18), finishing off plays created by the
veteran point guard.
"We had a lot of open 3s and it's my philosophy that if a
3-point shot is created by a teammate then you have to take that
shot," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "The guys spaced out the
floor extremely well, allowing us to only have to run a few
Chris Webber sat out the second quarter for the Sixers, a period
in which Philadelphia managed to make just eight of 22 shots. The
Sixers missed all three 3-point attempts.
Barnes and Pietrus combined to make five of seven 3-point tries
in the first half.
The Warriors made nine of their first 13 shots and went on an
11-0 run to open an early lead, extending their advantage to as
many as 14 points. The 36 points were their second-highest total at
home in the first quarter.
Warriors G Monta Ellis has his right arm in a sling to
protect his shoulder, injured during Golden State's loss to Miami
on Saturday. He remains day-to-day. ... The Sixers play 22 of their
first 33 games on the road, including the next six. ... Pietrus
scored 10 points in the first 5:28 of the contest and did not score
again until 8:45 of the fourth quarter. ... Davis secured his
double-double with 4:25 remaining in the first half. ... Webber and
Smith are both former overall No. 1 draft picks who began their
careers with the Warriors. ... Iguodala had his career-best streak
of 20-plus games stopped at four.
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