Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 1/15

Game 1: Wednesday, January 15th
Cavaliers80Final
Warriors108
Game 2: Tuesday, March 25th
Warriors103Final
Cavaliers124

Cavaliers 80

(8-32, 3-19 away)

Warriors 108

(16-22, 11-9 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 24 25 17 1480
    GS 32 22 22 32108

    Top Performers

    Cleveland: C. Boozer 18 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast

    Golden State: A. Jamison 24 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Jamison's double-double paces Warriors

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Antawn Jamison thinks Golden State is making strides toward becoming a playoff contender. Responding to a tough loss was a step in the right direction.

    Jamison scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-80 on Wednesday night, two days after the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Warriors on a last second shot.

    "For us to respond the way he did after that tough loss is really showing the type of strides we're making as a team,'' Jamison said. "It was good to come back and take care of business.''

    Jason Richardson had 16 and Gilbert Arenas added 14 points and 11 assists as the Warriors snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 11-9 at home.

    "I think things are on the up and up,'' Richardson said. "We picked up the team defense tonight.''

    Ricky Davis scored 21 points to lead the Cavaliers, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games and fell to 3-19 on the road.

    "We got out of sync,'' Davis said. "We were shooting too many early shots, and we didn't get organized.''

    Carlos Boozer recorded his 10th double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds as Cleveland lost to the Warriors for just the fourth time in its last 21 meetings. Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 14 points.

    Adonal Foyle also recorded a double-double for the Warriors with 12 rebounds and 10 points. He also blocked seven shots.

    "I thought Adonal set the tone defensively and scored when we needed points in the first half,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "He gave us a huge lift and helped turn the game around.''

    Jamison and Richardson combined to score 15 of the Warriors' 22 third-quarter points, giving Golden State a 76-66 edge heading into the final period.

    Jamison recorded his eighth double-double, and his first in six games.

    Golden State took an 84-70 lead on a Jamison jumper with 7:29 remaining in the game and was able to maintain a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

    The Warriors, 7-1 at home against the Eastern Conference, outscored the Cavaliers 13-2 over the final 4:07.

    "We missed a lot of free throws and didn't shoot the ball very well,'' Cleveland coach John Lucas said. "We just struggled, and they just continued to come at us.''

    Davis, who had 17 points at halftime, missed both of his shots in the third quarter as Cleveland went 7-of-23 from the field.

    "We just tried to make him work for it and he missed some shots,'' Warriors guard Bob Sura said. "You know he's going to get his points. You don't want him to have the big nights like he's done to a few teams.''

    The Warriors held the Cavaliers to an opponents' low 17 points in the third quarter.

    "We overemphasized how important the final half was,'' Musselman said. "We weren't mentally ready coming out of the half against Memphis (on Monday) and that cost us. This time we had better ball pressure and held them to a low percentage.''

    Game notes


    The 32 points scored by the Warriors in the first quarter were two off their season high. ... Davis, the only Cavalier to score 40 or more points three times in a season, has improved his scoring average by 11.2 points a game, best in the league. ... Troy Murphy is the only NBA player to improve both his points and rebounds by at least six per game over last year. ... Jamison started his 202nd straight game, tying him with San Antonio's Tim Duncan for the third-longest current streak in the NBA. ... The Warriors won just 14 games at home last year. ... Cleveland was 9-32 on the road last year.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    GS
    Points 80 108
    FGM-FGA 30-86 (.349) 39-86 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 3-10 (.300) 3-11 (.273)
    FTM-FTA 17-27 (.630) 27-32 (.844)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-48 13-51
    Assists 17 19
    Turnovers 15 12
    Steals 5 4
    Blocks 6 12
    Fast Break Points 1 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 21 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    Golden State
    Carlos Boozer Boozer
    Points: 18
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 24
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0