Warriors 86, Trail Blazers 81


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Ike Diogu had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead the short-handed Golden State Warriors over the Portland Trail Blazers 86-81 Saturday night.

Juan Dixon and Martell Webster each scored 17 points for the Blazers, who have lost 17 of their last 18 games and have the worst record in the NBA.

Andris Biedrins had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Mike Dunleavy added 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, who have won three straight but are in last place in the Pacific Division.

Portland shot 47 percent from the field to Golden State’s 37 percent but was outrebounded 50-33.

With several key Warriors out with injuries, Diogu has shined. He had averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in the previous four contests.

Golden State only had nine players available. Troy Murphy and Baron Davis have ankle injuries, Jason Richardson sat out with a sore knee and Mickael Pietrus has a strained right groin.

Will Bynum had 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter and Derek Fisher added 12 for Golden State.

Jarrett Jack scored 15 points and Sebastian Telfair had 12 for the Blazers.

Both teams have given their young players plenty of minutes over the last few weeks to try to evaluate their rosters.

Golden State rookie Monta Ellis, who is just a year out of high school, started for the second straight night and had 11 points and four assists.

Webster, also a rookie who skipped college, had 18 off the bench Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and entered the game averaging 13.7 points in his last three games.

Golden State jumped out to a quick lead as the Blazers missed eight of their first 10 shots. Biedrins made a jumper to make it 16-9, and it was 28-15 with 9:45 left in the second quarter.

Dixon had seven points as Portland went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to five. Telfair converted two layups just before the end of the half to get the Blazers within 40-37.

The Blazers took the lead early in the second half, but lost it and soon fell behind 60-50 after Golden State put together an 11-3 run that Fisher capped with a long 3. Portland whittled the lead down in the fourth, but the Warriors made enough free throws to hold on.

Portland was without Joel Przybilla, who shut down his season earlier in the week due to a knee injury, and Zach Randolph (knee), who is day to day.

Much of the intrigue lately has come off the court for the Blazers. Paul Allen attended what he acknowledged might be his final game as owner. Allen told The Oregonian newspaper Friday that he has come to terms with the possibility of selling the team, which he bought in 1988 but has been costing him millions of dollars to keep afloat.

Former Blazers guard Terry Porter has announced he is attempting to round up investors to make an offer for the team.

Notes: Portland fined Randolph for missing the team photo before the game. … Darius Miles, who was sent home from Los Angeles after changing out of his uniform during the Blazers’ Wednesday loss to the Clippers, was booed as he entered the game in the first quarter. He finished with eight points. … The Warriors snapped a five-game road slide.

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