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Golden State at Seattle

Red-hot Warriors trump Sonics after scoreboard fire delays contest

CBSSports.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Really, it wasn't Golden State's hot start that set the KeyArena scoreboard ablaze.

The Warriors were rolling before a spotlight on the scoreboard caught fire Sunday night. Seattle firefighters extinguished the flames, but not Golden State's offense.

Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington led the Warriors with 20 points apiece, and the highest-scoring team in the NBA jumped to a 19-point lead in the first quarter and coasted past the SuperSonics, 109-96 for their sixth straight win.

Golden State is 9-1 in its last 10 games, surging above .500 and quickly making fans forget the Warriors' 0-6 start.

"We came in with a focus to get on these guys early," Jackson said. "We were just able to stay on them. It definitely shows signs of growth."

The game was delayed about 15 minutes in the first quarter when arena officials noticed a small fire coming from a spotlight attached to the bottom of the scoreboard above the court and smoke shooting from the top.

The scoreboard was lowered just above the floor, firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames and detached the spotlight.

"It was kind of fun. I've never seen anything like that burning," Golden State's Andris Biedrins said.

The delay certainly didn't cool off the Warriors. Golden State led 17-8 at the time and only built on its lead after the fire was put out. The Warriors scored 14 of the next 18 points to take a 31-12 lead.

"You can't complain when you have a lead like that," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "Those (games) are the hardest ones to coach, to keep a lead. Teams makes comebacks, but I thought we kept the lead and did a good job of doing that."

Biedrins had 10 points and 10 rebounds before the first quarter ended. Four Warriors were in double figures by halftime.

Golden State led by as many as 26 in the first half, and 28 in the fourth quarter. All five starters finished in double figures and Kelenna Azubuike added 14 off the bench.

Biedrins finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Monta Ellis had 18, and Baron Davis finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. The Warriors hit 11 3-pointers, including seven in the first half.

"We're going to have nights like this when guys don't miss. Those guys came out early and hit every shot, especially from behind the 3," Seattle's Chris Wilcox said.

Two nights after becoming the last team in the NBA to win at home with a strong defensive effort against Indiana, the Sonics reverted to previous form with lax defense and poor shooting.

Seattle shot just 25 percent in the first quarter and 32 percent in the first half, in part due to the Warriors' improved defense that has kept four of their last five opponents under 100 points.

Rookie Kevin Durant, coming off a season-high 35 points against Indiana, missed his first six shots, went scoreless in the first half and finished with a meaningless six points. He missed 10 of 12 shots, including a dunk in the fourth quarter that landed in front of the Warriors' bench.

Wilcox and Earl Watson scored 16 each to lead Seattle. Rookie Jeff Green had 13.

"They're an excellent offensive team. It was too easy," Seattle coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "We need to play a lot better and a lot harder than we did tonight. The one thing that has probably been our most consistent trait has been effort. We've not played well a number of times, but we've played hard. It was difficult to find guys playing hard tonight."

About the only downside for Golden State was the loss of reserve guard Mickael Pietrus to a facial injury. Pietrus received an elbow to the face from Watson taking a charge in the second quarter. He was helped off the court with blood on a towel covering his face and was taken to a hospital for further examination.

Afterward, Nelson said they team believed Pietrus may have a broken nose, but he had not received word from the hospital.

Notes

  • The Sonics should have F Nick Collison available for their game Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Collison missed his third straight game on Sunday night after breaking his nose against the Lakers. Collison is expected to see a doctor Monday or Tuesday, and if cleared, expects to play Wednesday.
  • Seattle's 41 points in the first half were the fewest allowed by Golden State this season.
  • Referee Bob Delaney tossed a fan sitting behind the Warriors' bench in the fourth quarter. The fans was continually harassing Jackson.
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Officials lower the problematic scoreboard in the first quarter, but the delay doesn't slow the Warriors.  (AP)
Officials lower the problematic scoreboard in the first quarter, but the delay doesn't slow the Warriors. (AP)
Scoreboard
Golden State (9-7) «35252821109
Seattle (3-15) 1823253096
GS:A. Harrington 20 Pts
GS:A. Biedrins 16 Reb
GS:B. Davis 9 Ast
SEA:E. Watson 16 Pts
SEA:C. Wilcox 11 Reb
SEA:E. Watson 5 Ast
Players of the Game
SeattleGolden State

C. Wilcox

A. Biedrins
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
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Golden State
S. Jackson, SG377-192-233320
A. Harrington, PF317-152-272220
B. Davis, PG315-163-489214
M. Ellis, SG318-151-245118
A. Biedrins, C289-120-1161518
K. Azubuike, SF286-131-241114
M. Barnes, SF210-41-27321
D. Mbenga, C121-10-02032
A. Croshere, PF80-10-02000
T. Hudson, PG71-40-00002
B. Wright, SF60-30-00000
M. Pietrus, SF10-00-00000
P. O'Bryant, CDid Not Play
K. Perovic, CDid Not Play
M. Belinelli, SGDid Not Play
Totals 44-10310-15532419109
 42.7%66.7% 
Seattle
C. Wilcox, PF316-134-4111216
K. Durant, SF252-122-23006
D. Wilkins, SG222-82-21106
K. Thomas, PF193-70-18036
D. West, SG193-60-02306
E. Watson, PG326-124-555516
J. Green, SF285-123-781213
W. Szczerbiak, SF264-103-451012
M. Gelabale, SF191-20-04113
J. Petro, C142-32-24106
M. Sene, C62-22-21006
R. Swift, CDid Not Play
L. Ridnour, PGDid Not Play
N. Collison, CDid Not Play
Totals 36-8722-2952141396
 41.4%75.9% 
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