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Torrid Blazers blast lackluster Warriors

Baron Davis and Golden State weren't much of a match for Brandon Roy and Portland on Wednesday night at the Rose Garden.  Davis scored just four points in the 109-91 loss.
Baron Davis and Golden State weren't much of a match for Brandon Roy and Portland on Wednesday night at the Rose Garden. Davis scored just four points in the 109-91 loss. AP

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Well, that's one way to get Baron Davis some rest.

Davis and the other members of the Warriors' overextended core got plenty of rest Wednesday, and some prime seats from which to watch the Portland Trail Blazers finish their demolition job, 109-91.

The Trail Blazers opened the game with a 17-4 torrent and never looked back, easily handling the Warriors in the Rose Garden for a second time this season.

"That's a good way to do it," Nelson said of limiting Davis to 14 minutes. "Have a seat next to me. Next time he can coach the (damn) game."

The defeat ranks up there with the Warriors' most inept performances of the season, right alongside the 109-87 matinee wipeout in Detroit on Dec. 16.

"We did it to ourselves," said Warriors guard Monta Ellis, who could have been referring to the team's 39.3 percent shooting or 27.6 percent accuracy from deep. "They came out strong, we came out flat and they kept it on us all night."

Steve Blake finished with a season-high 24 points for Portland, but it could have just as easily been any number of the Trail Blazers who held that honor.

Nine players garnered 20 or more minutes for coach Nate McMillan, who probably could have gotten 12 points and six assists despite last having appeared in an NBA game in 1998. Portland had a season-high 32 assists on 39 baskets, and made 46.4 percent of its 3-pointers.

"We couldn't get any stops," Warriors forward Al Harrington said.

"They were hitting 3s, hitting jumpers. They were hitting on all cylinders, so it was hard to get back in this game. They definitely beat us. They beat our (expletive), actually."

On the Warriors' December visit to Oregon, they felt they were ill-treated by the officiating crew -- "I'm still trying to figure out what's considered a foul and what's not a foul," a sarcastically mystified Stephen Jackson said -- and were playing without Ellis on the second half of a back-to-back.

Wednesday, no such ready-made excuses were on hand. Portland (22-13) was simply better than Golden State (20-16), by a wide margin.

"The first time, we didn't have Monta, so we used that: 'We'll be better with Monta,' " Nelson said. "Not."

Perhaps the Warriors' only achievement was to rile up the crowd of 20,415 by sending star Brandon Roy and Blake limping off the floor.

Roy hyperextended his right knee late in the second quarter -- landing oddly after a pass and appearing to get bumped by Harrington -- but returned in the second half.

Blake, meanwhile, suffered a left calf contusion midway through the third period after getting clipped from behind by Ellis, who was trying to recover his position defensively. Not that the injuries made any difference.

The Warriors' reserves, led by forwards Matt Barnes (14 points, six rebounds) and Mickael Pietrus (13 points, eight boards) and rookie guard C.J. Watson (11 points and four assists in his NBA debut), actually cut the lead to eight at 38-30, but as the starters filtered back into the game, Portland's lead crept back up inexorably.

"I don't have to be the brightest guy in the world to figure out it ain't gonna happen with the starters tonight, and that's what I told them: Take the night off," Nelson said. "We're going to have to play better."

Golden State thus ended its seven-game stretch against Western Conference playoff contenders with a 3-4 record.

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