Apparently, Baron Davis had his fill of losing in New Orleans.
While the Warriors aren’t likely to climb out of the Pacific Division cellar and reach the Western Conference playoffs, they have had an impact on the postseason race of late, thanks in large part to Davis.
He had 15 points and 10 assists in a 100-97 home win over the Kings on Thursday, and followed it up by scoring 33 points in Friday’s surprising 110-100 victory over the first-place Phoenix Suns.
Acquired at the trade deadline from conference-worst New Orleans, Davis has helped the last-place Warriors to eight wins in 14 games. He is averaging 14.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and a team-high 6.3 assists with Golden State.
Those numbers would probably be much better if Davis wasn’t playing through a bruised Achilles’ tendon, a sore back and sore right shoulder.
“We’re just trying to have a strong finish,” Davis said while soaking his right foot in an ice bucket after Friday’s victory.
Davis’ new teammates appreciate his desire and effort.
“He’s a great boost for our team,” guard Derek Fisher said. “He had a tough time in New Orleans. He didn’t enjoy it there. He’s enjoying it here.
“He’s a guy who can score, who makes plays—he can do everything we need out there. He’s fun to play with. We’re glad to have him.”
The Kings ended a four-game road losing streak with a 111-107 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
The Kings, who will be without All-Star center Brad Miller for at least a month due to a broken leg, improved to 5-5 since Miller went down with the injury. They are 7-7 since dealing Chris Webber to Philadelphia prior to last month’s trade deadline.
Sacramento is fifth in the West, three games behind fourth-place Dallas and one in front of sixth-place Houston.