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Warriors run away from Jazz for fifth win in six games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Missing practice didn't cost Gilbert Arenas or Jason Richardson anything -- except a few bucks.

Arenas and Richardson led the Golden State Warriors to their fifth win in six games, 108-95 over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night.

Arenas scored 27 points and added nine assists and three steals,
while Richardson had 15 points, six rebounds and six assists as
Golden State beat the Jazz for just the third time in 32 tries.

Before the game, the Warriors' starting guards were fined $2,500 each after missing practice Friday. Golden State coach Eric Musselman met with both players and afterward everything seemed resolved.

``I think we are doing a good job taking care of business at home,'' Musselman said. ``I am really impressed with the team's focus tonight. Gilbert and Jason both had great games tonight.The bottom line is that you take care of business between the lines during the course of the game.''

Antawn Jamison added 26 points and Jason Richardson 15 for the Warriors, who made 55 percent of their shots (46-of-83) and snapped a seven-game losing skid to Utah.

Troy Murphy had 14 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State,
which trailed only once, 2-0.

Matt Harping and Karl Malone led Utah with 20 points each.
Calbert Cheaney added 12 and John Stockton 11 for the Jazz, who
have lost three straight.

``We are in a bit of a funk, but hopefully we'll work our way
out of it,'' Malone said.

Utah cut a 20-point third-quarter deficit to 96-86 with 4:45
left after a fast-break layup by Malone. But Jamison and Arenas
helped put it away.

Arenas hit a runner and a 3-pointer, and Jamison added a
fast-break dunk and a jumper during an 11-4 run, finishing off the
Warriors' 11th win in their last 16 games.

``We are just trying to keep the tempo of the game up and down,'' Arenas said. ``John Stockton is 40 years old, and even though he only played 28 minutes we tried to make them a difficult 28 minutes.''

Arenas and Richardson seemed particularly charged during Golden
State's near-flawless first quarter. The dynamic second-year
players combined for 16 points and nine assists as the Warriors
made 15 of 22 shots and raced to a 37-25 lead.

``That really set the tempo of the entire game,'' Musselman
said. ``We're always looking to push.''

Golden State bumped the lead to 61-47 by halftime on 63 percent shooting (26-of-41).

Utah, coming off a last-second 91-90 loss to San Antonio at home
on Friday, looked fatigued, especially on defense, during the first
half.

``I think the first half they made 14 layups on us and we
couldn't even get close to guarding them,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan
said. ``They just ran us out of the gym.''

Game notes
The Warriors fined Richardson and Arenas not for missing
practice, but for failing to follow proper protocol. The team
accepted their excuse of illness and injury, respectively, but
fined them for not calling themselves. An assistant to their agent,
Dan Fagen, phoned instead. The no-shows came one day after Arenas,
who has been slowed by groin and toe injuries, played a season-low
15 minutes and sat the final 21 minutes in a 105-97 win over New
Jersey. Richardson didn't play the entire second quarter and played
just three minutes of the fourth. Both starting guards have lost
considerable playing time to free-agent pickup Earl Boykins, who
has averaged 22.3 points and six assists per game in Golden State's
last three wins. He had nine points in 16 minutes against Utah.
Richardson played 39 minutes and Arenas 34. ... In their last seven
wins, the Warriors have shot 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.
... The Warriors' 19-23 start is their best after 42 games since
the 1993-94 season. Since Dec. 27 they are 11-5, their best 16-game
mark since 1994. ... Golden State's Chris Mills did not dress after
sustaining a left eye contusion during warmups. ... A fan was
ejected from the building for verbally harassing Sloan late in the
game. ``That's the responsibility of security when those things
happen,'' Sloan said. ``Otherwise if a guy gets punched, it's too
late to get him out of the gym.'' ... Jazz center Greg Ostertag was
elbowed by Murphy with 6:14 left in the third. Murphy received a
flagrant foul and Ostertag fell in a heap. He made one of two free
throws and didn't return, finishing with just one point in 12
minutes. ``I think he was available, but he was having a pretty
difficult time seeing,'' Sloan said.

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