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Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Baseline view: Orlando's Jason Richardson is defended by New Jersey's Travis Outlaw in the second half on Friday night. AP PHOTO

Warriors rout meek Raptors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Keith Smart wanted to send a message.

Even with his team all but assured of missing the playoffs and up by more than 40 points, he refused to take his starters out of the game. His players refused to relent, too.

That was a bad combination for the Raptors.

Monta Ellis had 27 points and 10 assists, Dorell Wright finished with 26 points and the Warriors scored an NBA season-high 84 points in the first half in a 138-100 rout of the Raptors on Friday night.

"I wanted to send a message to our team that we are building," Smart said. "This is a process. The way we have always done it at this time of year, to sit back and not play, you've got your better players on your team who want to play and will play, and that's a good thing."

They might not have played this well all season.

Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists to help Golden State snap a six-game losing streak in blowout fashion. The first-half point total topped the previous high of 80 set by Denver in a 127-99 victory over Cleveland earlier this season.

The game was such a blowout that no Warriors player could recall ever being ahead by so much in an NBA game.

"Probably in high school," Wright said. "It's been a long time."

DeMar DeRozan and Leandro Barbosa scored 19 points apiece, and Ed Davis had 18 points in a demoralizing defeat for a Toronto team also assured of missing the playoffs. They trailed by 26 points at the half, 47 in the fourth quarter and were never competitive.

Golden State shot 68 percent in the half, 77 percent from long range, outrebounded Toronto 20-12 and had 20 assists.

Not that the Warriors were done after the break.

They continued the offensive onslaught in the third quarter, giving fans at least a little incentive to stay for a team all but assured of missing the postseason again. David Lee, who had 21 points and seven rebounds, also made a rare 3-pointer. A series of alley-oops and uncontested dunks ensued, and Golden State went up 47 in the fourth and never relented.

Heat 111, 76ers 99

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 39 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, LeBron James finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds of his own, as the Heat beat Philadelphia.

Bobcats 83, Celtics 81

In Boston, Dante Cunningham hit a 4.6-meter jumper with 34 seconds left as Charlotte erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the struggling Celtics.

Magic 95, Nets 85

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Hedo Turkoglu added 20 points and 13 assists to lead the Magic over New Jersey.

Bucks 102, Knicks 96

In New York, Brandon Jennings scored a season-high 37 points to help Milwaukee send the Knicks to their fifth consecutive loss.

Amare Stoudemire scored 28 points for New York, which has lost eight of nine and is 7-11 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 25.

Kings 110, Pacers 93

In Indianapolis, DeMarcus Cousins had 18 points and 14 rebounds to help Sacramento to its fourth win in seven games.

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 91

In Cleveland, J.J. Hickson scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and Baron Davis hit a critical 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining, to lead the Cavs to a win over Detroit.

Bulls 99, Grizzlies 96

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 24 points and added seven rebounds and seven assists as the Bulls won their 11th in 12 games.

Thunder 111, T-Wolves 103

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant scored 23 points and Russell Westbrook added 19 points in the Thunder's eight-point win over Minnesota.

Nuggets 114, Wizards 94

In Denver, Chris Andersen had 11 rebounds and was one of four players to score 17 points for the Nuggets, who improved to 12-4 since trading Carmelo Anthony to New York.

Lakers 112, Clippers 104

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 37 points, Pau Gasol added 26 points and eight rebounds, and the Lakers never trailed in their 14th victory in 15 games since the All-Star break.

Trail Blazers 98, Spurs 96

In Portland, Nicolas Batum had 21 points to give the hosts their sixth straight home win.

Manu Ginobili finished with 21 points and seven assists for the Western Conference-leading Spurs.

Hornets 106, Suns 100

In Phoenix, Carl Landry scored 19 points and New Orleans sent the Suns sinking further out of the Western Conference playoff race.

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