Knicks: Foyled again
Warriors center steps up late as New York stays winless
John Crumpacker, Chronicle Staff Writer
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Welcome to another NBA season, where a double-digit lead means nothing, poor shooting by the home team means less than that and whatever happens in the first three periods means less still.
Despite shooting less than 40 percent and trailing by 10 early in the game, the Warriors waged a stirring comeback Friday night and kept the New York Knicks winless in 2005 with a rousing 86-84 victory at the Arena in Oakland.
Unlikely hero Adonal Foyle sank a short hook shot with 48.9 seconds left to give the Warriors an 85-84 advantage. At the other end of the court, Foyle grabbed a rebound and passed to Baron Davis.
Davis was fouled and made one of two free throws. With time running down the New York end of the court, Davis stripped guard Jamal Crawford of the ball as the final horn sounded and the Warriors improved to 4-2. The Knicks fell to 0-5.
After taking a batted ball to the face, courtesy of New York's Eddie Curry that drew a technical foul that he converted for a 77-76 Warriors' lead with 3:10 left, Derek Fisher hit a 3-point shot to put Golden State up 80-78.
The Warriors stepped up their rebounding and scored the first five points of the fourth period to carve out a 66-62 lead after a flying dunk by Mickael Pietrus off a Richardson assist and then a 3-point shot by Richardson in the first three minutes.
Another Richardson 3-pointer made for a 71-69 Golden State lead but New York's Richardson, first name Quentin, drove the baseline for a layup and the third tie of the game, 71-71 midway through the fourth.
New York took a 62-61 lead into the final period after Golden State struck for a comparatively hefty 25 points in the third stanza and narrowed a nine-point halftime deficit to just one by upping their miserable shooting percentage from .333 to .382.
It was cause for cheer from the sellout crowd of 19,596.
The Warriors seemed to find their groove late in the third period. Two free throws by Davis with 3:02 left in the period gave the Warriors their first lead of the night at 58-57. It was a long time coming after 21/2 quarters of poor shooting.
Despite playing poorly the first 30-plus minutes, , the Warriors suddenly found themselves tied with the Knicks at 54-54 with 5:11 remaining in the third period. Consecutive 3-point shots by Murphy and Davis did it.
First, Murphy hit from the right side for 54-51. Then Dunleavy whipped the ball to Davis on the left side and he drilled a trey to pull his team into a tie and give the crowd something to cheer for.
Golden State showed signs of life early in the third period when Davis lobbed the ball to a rising Richardson for a highlight-reel reverse dunk of the kind he is known for. That cut New York's lead to 48-41.
Moments later the Warriors crept back into the game with a mini 8-2 run highlighted by Richardson's dunk and a slashing layup by the otherwise unheard-from Mike Dunleavy to narrow it to 48-45.
The only shred of excitement generated by the Warriors in the first half came with a minute left. Murphy missed a short but awkward attempt inside the lane and Richardson came flying in from the left side for a spectacular follow jam that cut New York's lead to 45-37 .
The Knicks kept most of their first-quarter lead throughout the second period and left the floor at halftime up 46-37. They earned that lead by converting exactly 50 percent of their shots from the field -- 20-of-40. After bolting for 10 points in the first quarter, Marbury had four in the second for 14 points at the break.
Golden State, conversely, shot an inexplicable .333 percent on its home floor on familiar rims. Murphy led the Warriors with 11 points while Richardson had nine to go with six assists. The Knicks had a slight lead in rebounding at halftime, 25-22.
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