Charlotte (4-13) at Golden State (5-14)

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  • Game info: 9:00 pm EST Sun Dec 12, 2004
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Jason Richardson and the Golden State Warriors have had enough of dropping close games. A matchup with the Charlotte Bobcats should give them a good chance to reverse that trend.

The Warriors, coming off their second straight close loss, look to bounce back when they host the expansion Bobcats.

Golden State was within two points with 2:58 to go, but fell 113-109 to the Orlando Magic on Friday. That defeat followed a 118-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, a game in which the Warriors held the lead for much of the contest.

“We’ve been close. I’m tired of being close,” Richardson said. “I want to win. It’s time to win. It’s the time in the season we should have things together.”

Golden State now faces a Charlotte team that has lost each of its nine road games, falling by an average of 9.5 points in those contests.

Richardson finished with 27 points, Dunleavy scored 22 and Speedy Claxton had 19 points and five assists for the Warriors against the Magic.

Richardson pulled the Warriors to within 105-103 on a 15-footer with 2:58 to go, then scored again less than a minute later to tie it. Richardson had his ninth 20-point game of the season.

Troy Murphy recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 15 rebounds for Golden State.

Charlotte is coming off a road loss, 115-106 to Phoenix on Friday, but Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff was proud of his team’s play against the Pacific Division-leading Suns.

“My thing to them is … you keep playing the way you’re playing then you’re going to cause some problems to some teams,” Bickerstaff said.

The Bobcats were led by Brevin Knight’s season-high 17 points. Knight surpassed his previous season high of 14 points in the first half, scoring 15 on 6-of-8 shooting.

Rookie Emeka Okafor recorded his ninth straight double-double, the longest such streak in the NBA, with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Okafor is the first rookie to average a double-double since Elton Brand in 1999-00, and his 11.2 rebounds per game are the most by a first-year player since Tim Duncan averaged 11.9 in 1997-98.

The Bobcats’ starting lineup of Okafor, Jason Kapono, Primoz Brezec, Knight and Keith Bogans was their ninth different opening combination this season.

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