After an 0-6 start, Richardson and the Warriors will shoot for their fourth victory in six games when they host the Los Angeles Clippers.
Richardson, who was signed to a lucrative, multi-year contract earlier this month, visited a specialist Monday for a third opinion on his injured right hand. After learning he would not need surgery on a torn tendon in the pinky of his shooting hand, he scored 26 points and pulled down a season-high 12 rebounds as Golden State outlasted New Orleans 115-109 in three overtimes Tuesday.
The win was the first in eight tries against a Western Conference opponent for the Warriors, who will open a home-and-home with the Clippers at The Arena in Oakland.
“It’s still a little sore and it’s going to be like that after games,” Richardson said. “It affects my shot a little because it turns my hand. I have to keep my hand as straight as possible and fight through the pain.”
Despite the injury, Richardson leads the Warriors in scoring and has put up at least 26 points in five of his last six games.
“It gives me a clear conscience that I don’t have to have surgery,” Richardson said. “That cleared up a lot for me. It was stressing me out.”
The Clippers beat the New Jersey Nets 111-88 on Thursday to climb back to .500.
Kerry Kittles, traded to the Clippers by the Nets for a second-round draft pick during the offseason, was a late scratch from what would have been the first game against his former teammates.
Kittles couldn’t play because of a bruised right knee, hurt in practice Tuesday when he collided with Jaric. Kittles missed the first 10 games of the season when his recovery from June surgery on the same knee took longer than expected.
Los Angeles center Chris Kaman made his first appearance of the season after being sidelined by a sprained left ankle that he hurt in an exhibition game on Oct. 27. He had seven points and four rebounds in 16 minutes.