SACRAMENTO (AP) -- Jason Richardson made his first victory in
Sacramento a memorable one.
Richardson scored all 26 of his points in the second half,
helping the struggling Golden State Warriors rally for a 98-94
victory over the Kings.
The Warriors snapped an 11-game losing streak at Arco Arena,
winning for only the second time in 22 games dating back to April
Richardson fueled the victory, hitting shot after shot in the
second half when the Warriors outscored the Kings 62-48.
"I was aware of that (losing streak), but we haven't won in a
lot of places," Richardson said. "It's huge for us. Sacramento
has had our number the last couple of years."
The victory didn't come easy. The Kings scored seven straight
points in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 91-88. Richardson
responded with a long jumper and two free throws, putting Golden
State ahead 95-89 with 22 seconds left.
Chris Webber made two 3-pointers in the final minute, the second
one pulling the Kings to within 97-94 with 8.1 seconds left.
Richardson made a free throw with 7.1 seconds and the Kings missed
a 3-pointer as time expired.
"The difference in the whole game was Jason Richardson; it's
that simple," said Webber, who led the Kings with 28 points.
Richardson made two jumpers and added a driving layup to open
the fourth quarter as the Warriors went on a 14-3 run, taking their
biggest lead at 89-73 with 4:54 remaining.
After a scoreless first half where he missed all six shots and
both free throws, Richardson scored 15 points in the third quarter,
helping the Warriors outscore the Kings 37-24 to take a 73-70 lead.
"He came out and shot the heck out of the ball in the second
half," Speedy Claxton said. "He was huge for us."
The Kings had a subpar 2-3 record in their five-game home stand,
a rarity the past six years. It was the second straight loss for
the Kings, who fell to Miami on Friday night.
"We got what we deserved, we didn't play with energy," Kings
coach Rick Adelman said. "We talked about it at halftime that we
needed to come out strong in the third quarter. It cost us and they
deserved to win and we didn't."
Stojakovic scored 11 points and Webber had 10 as the Kings took
a 46-36 halftime lead.
A year ago on the same date, Golden State beat Sacramento
at home, snapping a 15-game losing streak. ... Fisher, who missed
the previous seven games with a sprained right knee, had 10 points
in 20 minutes. The Kings have four days off before playing Friday
at Utah. A forward throughout his 16 years in the league, Robinson
has started the last 11 games at center, replacing ineffective
Adonal Foyle. With standout reserve Bobby Jackson out with a wrist
injury, Sacramento used just seven players.
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