Oden scores 22, but Warriors hold off Blazers

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:36 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. - Stephen Jackson scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors overcame Greg Oden's 22 points and 10 rebounds in a 111-106 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday night.

Anthony Morrow followed up his 37-point performance three days earlier with 25 points for Golden State, including three free throws with 5.6 seconds to play.

But coach Don Nelson kept his undrafted rookie on the bench for most of the final minutes while Jackson and Corey Maggette barely held off the Blazers and Oden, who had the best night of his five-game NBA career.

Oden, the top pick in last year's draft, went 8-for-12 and played 30 minutes through foul trouble. Brandon Roy had 22 points and nine assists, and Rudy Fernandez added 13 points and seven rebounds as the Blazers lost their seventh straight in Oakland.

Portland, which lost for just the second time in seven games, trailed throughout the final 22 minutes, but still made it interesting. Golden State had a five-point lead and the ball with 13 seconds left, but the Blazers pulled to 108-105 on Roy's steal and layup.

Morrow then fumbled the ball out of bounds, and Travis Outlaw hit one free throw - but referee Bob Delaney called Outlaw for a lane violation on the next shot, which would have cut Golden State's lead to one. Fernandez then was called for holding on the inbounds play, and the Spanish star compounded his obvious foul by drawing a technical foul for arguing. Morrow hit all three free throws to ice it.

Oden put on a show down low, rocking the basket standard and shot clock with five two-handed dunks in the second half, including a thunderous rebound slam with 6:01 to play that pulled Portland to 94-91. But the Warriors twice knocked the ball out of Oden's hands while he wound up to dunk in the final minutes, and Oden scored just two points in the final six minutes.

Andris Biedrins added 17 points and nine assists for Golden State, and Kelenna Azubuike scored 15.

Morrow went 15-for-20 against the Clippers in a stunning matinee performance Saturday that left the Staples Center crowd chanting the name of a largely unknown shooting guard from Georgia Tech. He looked awfully good in his second career start as well, hitting three 3-pointers in the second quarter as Golden State took a 51-49 halftime lead.

Morrow then scored 11 points in the third quarter on a handful of whip-quick jumpers that elicited audible gasps and raucous cheers from the Golden State crowd. Morrow made eight of his first 11 shots against Portland before sitting out most of the final seven minutes.

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