One of the newest members of the Golden State Warriors supplied a much-needed boost in their last game.
Harrington scored off a spin move in the paint with 1.2 seconds remaining to help the Warriors beat Philadelphia 102-101 on Friday, snapping a six-game road losing streak for Golden State (22-25) for its first win after back-to-back losses to begin a six-game road trip.
“Anything positive is good right now,” Warriors coach Don Nelson said. “We really played well. We should have been up 15 points in the first half. I did not want to change anything. I liked what we were doing and we just needed to make shots. We were crisp and good.”
Harrington had just 11 points in Friday’s contest, but he’s been a scoring threat, averaging 20.9 points in seven games since he was acquired along with Stephen Jackson from Indiana as part of an eight-player deal Jan.17 that sent Troy Murphy and Mike Dunleavy to the Pacers.
“I am trying to get my new teammates to trust me,” Harrington said. “That is something that you earn over time. The more that all of us are productive the better our team will be because we will know each other and be able to play off each other.”
Harrington went 9-for-11 from the field and made all five of his 3-pointers to finish with 28 points in Golden State’s 131-105 thumping of Charlotte last Saturday. The Warriors shot 55.7 percent from the field and improved to 4-1 all-time against the Bobcats.
Baron Davis, who spent the first six-plus years of his career with the Hornets franchise, including three seasons while the team was located in Charlotte, had 17 points and 10 assists in last weekend’s win. In his only previous trip to Charlotte, the point guard had just 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting as the Bobcats won 104-101 on March 8, their only win to date over the Warriors.
Davis had 25 points and 12 assists in Friday’s win over the 76ers, his fourth double-double in the last five games.
Golden State, which is only 5-17 on the road, finishes the trip with games against Indiana and Minnesota.
The Bobcats (17-29) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped with a 101-81 loss to Cleveland on Friday. It was the first time in five games that Charlotte failed to reach 100 points, though the team played without several injured players.
Point guard Brevin Knight, forward Sean May and centers Primoz Brezec and Othella Harrington all missed the game. Gerald Wallace had 16 points two days after scoring a career-high 42 in a win over New York.
“We don’t have any excuses,” Bobcats coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. “I didn’t recognize our team out there. Our goal was to try and hang in there early and take it down the stretch. We didn’t get anything done and they got rolling.”