OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors were running out of fingers to plug holes with Friday night. Then Baron Davis got the ball in his.
After a first half in which Golden State couldn't buy a bucket and a second half in which their vaunted defense vanished like a mirage, it came down to Davis to deliver the Warriors' first victory over the Los Angeles Lakers since April 18, 2005. And he did it with that old Hollywood panache.
Dribbling the ball on the perimeter as the final minute melted away, Davis finally rose up as the shot clock neared its expiration and buried the 3-point shot with 16.7 seconds remaining to finally cement a 108-106 decision. As he bounced back downcourt, Davis -- who lasted the final 9:17 one personal foul from disqualification -- blew kisses off his fingertips to every corner of a filled-beyond-capacity Oracle Arena crowd and a national television audience.
The Warriors (13-10) had been a razor's edge away from enduring another catastrophic loss to the Lakers (13-9). But behind 22 points each from Davis and Al Harrington, plus 20 more and eight rebounds from Stephen Jackson, Golden State finally notched its first win against Los Angeles in its last 10 tries.
Andrew Bynum (17 points, 16 rebounds) and Lamar Odom (18 points, 15 boards, five assists) once again tore the Warriors up, but Kobe Bryant (6-for-23 shooting, five turnovers) was unable to lift his team to a win.
Golden State trailed for much of the fourth period, finally getting back into things with a 9-1 run that converted a 102-94 deficit into a 103-all tie game at the 1:54 mark. Jackson's reverse layup off a fast-break pass from Davis capped that stretch.
Derek Fisher hit one of two free throws to make it 104-103 Lakers, but Andris Biedrins tapped in a missed jumper from Monta Ellis to give the Warriors their first lead of the fourth quarter, 105-104 with 1:03 remaining.
A double-team of Harrington, helped by Jackson, forced a wild miss from Odom and a shot-clock violation on Los Angeles with 39.1 seconds left, setting up Davis to pull his best gunslinger move, hitching up the trey that made it 108-104, Warriors.
Bryant missed a 3-pointer, but the Lakers still had life.
Odom hit a drive and was fouled with 6.1 seconds left to cut it to 108-106, Golden State, but his missed free throw was collected by Ellis, who came up with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists.