Golden State (17-16) at Memphis (7-25)

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  • Game info: 8:00 pm EST Wed Jan 3, 2007
  • TV: FSBA
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Baron Davis was carrying most of the Golden State Warriors’ scoring load this season even when Jason Richardson was healthy. It seems the team’s leading scorer won’t have to adjust much.

After a successful first game without the injured Richardson, Davis and the Warriors look to win consecutive road games for only the second time this season when they face the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Richardson, who led Golden State (17-16) with 23.2 points per game last season, averaged just 12.7 in 23 games before breaking his right hand in a loss to Sacramento on Saturday night. Richardson could be out for two months.

Davis, who leads the Warriors this season with 21.2 ppg, has helped the team compensate for Richardson’s struggles. In thier first game since Richardson’s injury, Davis had 29 points and made a big shot down the stretch during a 97-89 win over New Orleans on Tuesday.

Davis, who played all 48 minutes, came off an eight-point performance against the Kings to help the Warriors win for just the fourth time in 15 road games. They have a chance to win two straight on the road for the first time since Dec. 20-22, when they beat Boston and Orlando.

“We got the lead and they kept battling and battling,” said Davis, who made a jumper to make the lead 91-85 with 1:23 remaining. “We hit shots big enough to just hold them off.”

Davis is averaging 14.5 points and shooting 37 percent from the field in 11 games against the Grizzlies.

Forward Matt Barnes also had 29 points for the Warriors, and is averaging 20.8 in his last five games. Barnes added 11 rebounds and a season-high five steals.

Memphis (7-25) has been the NBA’s worst team this season, but will try to continue its recent success against Golden State. The Grizzlies have won four straight against the Warriors since a 109-99 loss on Dec. 22, 2004.

Memphis won all three of its matchups with Golden State last season, holding the Warriors to 82.7 points per game. Davis, though, missed the last two games with a sprained right ankle after being held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting in a 104-94 loss on Jan. 3, 2006.

The Grizzlies’ Pau Gasol, who is beginning to round into form after missing much of the season with a broken left foot suffered at last summer’s world championships, averaged a team-best 20.0 points against Golden State last season.

Memphis interim coach Tony Barone suffered his first loss Sunday night, 111-109 at Houston.

The Grizzlies had lost five in a row before Barone replaced the fired Mike Fratello on Thursday. Two nights later, Barone guided Memphis to a 110-104 win over Toronto.

Against the Rockets, though, Mike Miller matched a season high with seven 3-pointers and scored 32 points. Gasol added 21, but Memphis fell for the 12th time in 14 games.

Miller said he likes his role in his Barone’s up-tempo offense.

“He’s given me the opportunity to shoot,” Miller said, “and I know, even if I miss, he will keep giving me the ball.”

Miller is averaging 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

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