<
>

Warriors off to best start in six years

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Richardson's shot was falling, and
the Golden State Warriors needed every basket by the rookie.

Richardson scored 12 of his career-high 23 points in the third
quarter as the Warriors held off the Bulls 93-88 on Saturday night.

"After I made one, I thought I could make another, then another
and another," said Richardson, who was 3-for-5 from 3-point range
in the third quarter and finished 8-for-15 overall. "After that, I
just kept on shooting. It was one of those games I was feeling my
shot."

Danny Fortson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State,
which snapped a two-game losing streak and moved a game over .500,
its best start in six years.

"Jason was great tonight, he saved the day for us," Warriors
coach Dave Cowens said. "We needed him to make some shots."

Antawn Jamison added 16 points and Larry Hughes packaged 14
points and 10 assists for Golden State (6-5).

Brad Miller scored a season-high 28 points and had 12 rebounds
for Chicago (1-9), which lost its seventh straight, including its
last four road games.

Miller was surprised by Richardson's performance, although the
two faced each other in the Big Ten.

"We weren't expecting that at all," said Miller, who played at
Purdue while Richardson was at Michigan State. " He killed us."

Chicago coach Tim Floyd agreed.

"The only question about him was if he could shoot the ball,"
Floyd said. "He has a chance to be something special. He had the
best feet and jumping ability of any rookie who came in to work out
for us."

Fred Hoiberg scored 18 points and Trenton Hassell 13 for
Chicago.

The Warriors maintained the lead in the fourth quarter, despite
missing 11 of their first 12 shots in the period.

After Jamison gave the Warriors a 77-71 lead with 9:16
remaining, Golden State didn't make another field goal until Hughes
hit a jumper nearly six minutes later.

"They kept playing harder and harder," Fortson said. "We got
a workout tonight. It wasn't easy."

The Bulls shot 3-for-10 at the start of the fourth. Miller
picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter and played
sparingly. He made nine of his first 15 shots.

"We got away from our game plan," Miller said. "We tried to
make the big play and just had too many mental lapses down the
stretch."

Hughes hit another jumper to give the Warriors a six-point lead
with 2:40 left.

Golden State made its free throws down the stretch to hold off
the Bulls.

The Warriors used an 8-2 run to take a 75-71 lead into the
fourth quarter.

Game notes
Ron Mercer was a late scratch for the Bulls. He missed the
game with a head cold. ... Miller shot 6-for-9 and scored 13 of his
points in the first quarter. He was limited to nine points
(4-for-12) overall in Friday night's loss to the Sacramento Kings.
... Chicago's Eddie Robinson missed his seventh game with a toe
injury and is listed day-to-day. ... Warriors' center Adonal Foyle
received one stitch inside his lip after catching an elbow from
Hoiberg midway through the third quarter. ... The Bulls and
Warriors combined for a 32-132 mark last season. ... Golden State
had a season-high 28 assists and a season-low 12 turnovers. ... The
Bulls were 0-for-5 from beyond the arc.