ORLANDO, Fla. – Baron Davis had 38 points and nine assists, Mike Dunleavy added 21 points and the Golden State Warriors beat the Orlando Magic 117-108 Friday night for their second straight road win.

Monta Ellis scored 18 points and Mickael Pietrus finished with 15 for the Warriors, who are just 3-9 on the road this season.

Trevor Ariza had a career-high 23 points and Grant Hill scored 21 for Orlando. Jameer Nelson finished with 21 points and seven assists.

Davis converted a fastbreak layup to give Golden State a 100-93 lead with 5:07 left, but it was Dunleavy’s two 3-pointers in the final 1:52 that secured the win.

The first was more of a wild throw just to beat the 24-second shot clock, which expired just as the ball went through the net. The second came with 51 seconds left and gave Golden State a 112-104 cushion.

Neither team could find a rhythm offensively in the first half. Ariza had 13 points and Hill 10 as the Magic built a 52-48 at halftime, despite shooting only 41 percent and committing 11 turnovers.

The Warriors weren’t much better, hitting only 42 percent and turning the ball over nine times. Davis scored 15 and Dunleavy 10 to keep Golden State close.

The Warriors finally got it going in the second half, taking advantage of their superior size and speed in the backcourt. Davis had two of his team’s five three-point plays in the third quarter as Golden State built a 75-68 lead.

The Magic rallied to take an 81-80 advantage at the end of the quarter, but Golden State started the fourth quarter with 3-pointers from Matt Barnes and Dunleavy, a reserve, to regain control.

Notes: Magic PG Jameer Nelson returned to the lineup after missing four games with a strained groin. … The Magic had not scored more than 89 points in their last eight games. … Pietrus has scored in double figures a career-high 10 straight games. … Golden State’s reserves outscored the Magic bench 47-25. … Orlando’s Dwight Howard tied a season high with five blocked shots.

AP-ES-12-22-06 2211EST


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