HONOLULU -- Warriors point guard Baron Davis was off and running, leading yet another fast break Tuesday.
He faked a pass to Jason Richardson on his left, whipping the ball around his back to himself. He continued all the way to the basket, but instead of laying it in, he banked it off the glass to Richardson, who was trailing Davis. Richardson went over Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom and dunked the backboard pass with his right hand.
"I'm a jumper, he's a passer," Richardson said. "So there's going to be some spectacular plays going on."
The 101-93 exhibition loss to the Lakers offered a glimpse of how exciting this Warriors team can be. The 7,000-plus fans at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center were predominantly Lakers fans. But it was the Warriors who had them screaming the loudest, especially in the first quarter when they jumped out to a 24-8 lead.
It wasn't so much that they were scoring but how -- Richardson slamming home a lob pass from Mike Dunleavy, Troy Murphy knocking down 3-pointers, Mickael Pietrus converting a Michael Jordan-esque reverse layup.
"We came out like gangbusters," Davis said. "It's going to be exciting. You can see it."
It was Davis leading the charge, his intensity and Globetrotter style of play sparking the Warriors. He showed off his deft ball-handling, threw all kinds of tricky passes and knocked down long-range jumpers.
He was all over the court, even defending Kobe Bryant in the post, and was the loudest cheerleader from the bench.
"I love his energy," said actress Kate Hudson, Davis' friend from high school who was at the game and is in town to film the comedy "You, Me and Dupree."
"He's such a hustler. He's always been like that. He's a very underrated star in the NBA. I think he's just about to come into his own."
Center Adonal Foyle finished with five blocks, including three against Lakers 7-foot center Chris Mihm. ... Warriors rookie guard Monta Ellis scored his first NBA points in the second quarter, nailing a 3-pointer from the left corner. He finished with four points on 1-of-7 shooting. ... The Warriors' Chris Taft (strained right groin, back) didn't dress for Tuesday's game, joining fellow rookie forward Ike Diogu (broken left hand) on the sideline in street clothes. Lakers rookie center Andrew Bynum (slight abdominal tear) and swingman Laron Profit (strained right calf) also didn't dress. ... Lakers forward Luke Walton severely strained his hamstring with three minutes left Tuesday and is expected to miss two to six weeks. ... The Warriors were 10-for-34 from the field (29.4 percent) in the second half Tuesday.
-- Marcus Thompson II
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