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Warriors fail to top Blazers, officiating

Baron Davis, right, nearly h ad a triple-double for Golden state, but it was steve Blake and Portland that came away with the victory Wensday night at the Rose Garden.
Baron Davis, right, nearly h ad a triple-double for Golden state, but it was steve Blake and Portland that came away with the victory Wensday night at the Rose Garden. AP

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Golden State Warriors returned Wednesday night to the scene of one of their greatest triumphs from last season.

Golden State coach Don Nelson and his players had danced like madmen at center court of the Rose Garden after the season finale, a 22-point victory that clinched the franchise's first playoff spot since 1994.

Wednesday night, however, was no return to the dance floor for the Warriors. Making do without Monta Ellis on the second half of a back-to-back, Golden State was unable to cope with what it perceived as 8-on-5 basketball -- fighting not only the Trail Blazers but also the NBA's three-man officiating crew.

After a third-quarter burst, a disjointed and disappointed Golden State team fell apart in a 105-95 defeat.

Portland became the second team this month to have three players crack the 20-point barrier against the Warriors' improved defense. Brandon Roy (22), Travis Outlaw (21) and James Jones (21) combined for 64 points.

But it was the work of referees Bennie Adams, Matt Boland and Dan Crawford that drew the most ire in Golden State's locker room after the Trail Blazers shot 30 free throws to the Warriors' 13.

"I'm still trying to figure out what's considered a foul and what's not considered a foul," said Stephen Jackson, who drew a technical foul in the third quarter and fouled out in the fourth. "I need to read the players' manual. I'm confused right now."

In sharp contrast to the raucous coronation that took place in April, Wednesday was an aggravating, frustrating slog for the Warriors, and it showed in the actions of Jackson and Baron Davis.

Davis, feeling unjustly fouled by Sergio Rodriguez as they chased down a loose ball in the second quarter, angrily flipped the ball in what appeared to be Rodriguez's direction, then wouldn't accept the Spaniard's handshake.

Jackson was called for a technical foul in the third quarter at the end of a sequence which began with Joel Przybilla ripping a rebound away from Andris Biedrins. Jackson grabbed hold of Przybilla's jersey before hacking him with both arms, after which Crawford hit Jackson with his second technical of the season.

"These days, when I get techs I don't know if I did something or not," Jackson said. "(It's) based on how people perceive me, so I don't even pay it no attention, man."

Davis finished with 23 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in nearly recording his second triple-double of the season, and Matt Barnes gathered up his first double-double of the season with 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

But only two other Warriors reached double figures, and Jackson, who hadn't scored fewer than 15 points in any of his 15 earlier appearances, was held to nine points on 3-for-15 shooting, 0-for-7 on 3-pointers.

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