Golden State (11-22) at Toronto (12-22)

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  • Game info: 1:00 pm EST Sun Jan 9, 2005
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The Golden State Warriors are having trouble scoring without starting shooting guard Jason Richardson.

Losers of four straight, the Warriors will likely be without their leading scorer again when they take on the Toronto Raptors.

Richardson, who is averaging 20.8 points, has missed each game of the Warriors’ losing streak, including an 82-72 defeat at New Jersey on Friday. Golden State was held to its third-lowest point total of the season.

“Tonight was the first night we really, really missed Jason,” Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy said. “We really struggled to score.”

Dunleavy, Calbert Cheaney and Mickael Pietrus each scored 12 points to lead Golden State, which shot 35.6 percent from the floor. The Warriors were also outrebounded 50-36.

“We’re missing consistent basketball,” Golden State forward Clifford Robinson said. “That’s all we are missing. That’s basically the answer.”

The Warriors are averaging less than 87 points per game in their four outings without Richardson.

Toronto fell to 2-1 on its five-game homestand with a 107-105 overtime loss to Milwaukee on Friday. Jalen Rose and Eric Williams each scored 21 points for the Raptors, who shot just 37.5 percent.

“I thought we played well enough to win the game,” Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. “We’re a team that’s got to make shots to win games.”

It was a particularly forgettable night for Toronto guard Rafer Alston, who missed all 12 of his attempts from the field.

“It’s been somewhat embarrassing to my teammates to shoot that way,” Alston said. “The only thing I can do is stay in the gym and keep working.”

The Raptors, who had their five-game home winning streak snapped, are 4-6 since trading Vince Carter to New Jersey on Dec. 17.

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