And the cheering wasn't confined just to the stands.
Informal polling in the Warriors locker room shows strong support for Obama, with captain Baron Davis taking the unofficial title of "precinct captain" by giving $2,300 -- the maximum donation allowed -- to the Illinois senator's campaign.
Obama is the first African-American candidate in 20 years with a legitimate shot to take the White House, but Davis said that's not the driving motivation behind his support.
"It's not because he's an African-American, it's because has a vision and a passion that ultimately I believe is going to bring our country together," Davis said. "Our country is divided in our views and our take on politics and politicians and who we are as a nation. I think it's important to bring somebody that has the charisma and who makes it an issue to bring us as a nation closer together."
Warriors forward Al Harrington, who is still undecided but leaning Democratic, said the stereotype of most pro athletes -- that they vote to protect their bank accounts -- isn't true, at least in his case.
"A person can't just vote for monetary reasons. You've got to do what you think is best for the country," said Harrington, who's pulling down $8.4 million in salary this season. "If it takes us paying a
Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Obama's chief rival for the Democratic nomination, also has her adherents among the Warriors.
"Whether it be Obama or Hillary, it's just time for a change," Warriors forward Matt Barnes said. "Either one of those will be the first, and I think it'll be great either way."
"I think the idea that it could be an African-American or a woman, it's a great thing for our society," Warriors forward Austin Croshere said. "It's probably a sad thing that it's taken this long. But more than anything, regardless of race or gender, I think people are encouraged by a new outlook."
As for Harrington, he's searching for polygraph results before settling on a choice.
"Whoever tells the least amount of lies, that's how I vote," Harrington said.
Off the glass
Rookie guard C.J. Watson, whose second 10-day deal expires today, is expected to receive a contract for the remainder of the season, although the team gave him no final indication of his fate Sunday. "My agent (Mike Higgins) is talking with them, so I think that's a good sign," said Watson, who will earn roughly $200,000 for the remainder of the season.
-- Geoff Lepper