Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/11

Game 1: Monday, November 11th
Game 2: Monday, December 16th
Game 3: Monday, January 13th
Game 4: Monday, February 3rd

Warriors 101

(21-26, 15-10 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, February 3, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    MEM 20 29 22 2091
    GS 31 35 18 17101

    Top Performers

    Mem: P. Gasol 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Blk

    GS: T. Murphy 21 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Warriors win for 10th time in last 13 home games

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Antawn Jamison told his Golden State teammates that he couldn't remember winning this many games since his college days at North Carolina.

    He said he was joking, but it really was the truth.

    The Warriors defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 101-91 Monday night for their 21st victory -- matching the team's total from last season with one game remaining before the All-Star break.

    "I'm more energetic than the other guys who have been on other teams,'' said Jamison, a 26-year-old forward who's never been to the playoffs or even had a winning record in four years with the Warriors.

    "It's definitely a big step. I may fly off the roof Wednesday night.''

    Troy Murphy had 21 points and 13 rebounds and Gilbert Arenas added 21 points and nine assists as Golden State snapped a three-game losing streak.

    The Grizzlies shot 39 percent in dropping their sixth straight game and ninth in 10. Pau Gasol led Memphis with 20 points and nine rebounds, Shane Battier had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Lorenzen Wright added 15 points and eight boards.

    Golden State lost 110-108 at home to Memphis on Jan. 13 on Gordan Giricek's last-second layin for the Grizzlies' second win of the season.

    Warriors coach Eric Musselman expected a better effort this time around, especially after his team had Sunday off following an 0-3 road trip. He called both the Grizzlies and Warriors desperate teams. The Warriors have won 10 of their last 13 home games.

    Not too long ago, Musselman wouldn't have believed his team would have 21 wins by the break.

    "I think it's a real big achievement,'' he said.

    Memphis pulled within nine, 84-75, on a basket by Wright with 9:55 left, but 5-foot-5 reserve Earl Boykins responded with a basket on the other end and Mike Batiste missed a 3-pointer for the Grizzlies. Boykins scored again for an 88-75 lead at 8:41.

    The Grizzlies made another run to get to 88-80 after Gasol's three-point play with 7:23 left, but couldn't get closer as Boykins hit another big shot. The Warriors' sparkplug finished with 13 points and six assists, and even had a steal down the stretch.

    The Memphis defense flustered Golden State guard Jason Richardson for the fourth time this season. Richardson had 11 points, and has only 35 points in all the meetings.

    But the Grizzlies again struggled offensively, and their defense couldn't get the important stops when needed. They also were sloppy with the ball down the stretch, committing several of their 17 turnovers in the final minutes.

    The team's 39-percent shooting from the field marked the third time in four games Memphis has been under 40 percent. The Grizzlies are 0-10 when shooting below 40 percent.

    The Warriors led by as many as 21 points in the third period and shot 46 percent.

    Memphis fouled twice in the final 2.5 seconds in the first half, giving the Warriors four free-throw attempts on the way to a 66-49 halftime lead. Golden State shot 52 percent in the half for its highest point total in a half this season.

    "They had a big first half,'' Battier said. "To score 66 points in the first half is very good in this league, and unfortunately we put ourselves in a little bit of a hole.''

    The Warriors didn't commit a turnover and shot 48 percent in the first quarter to take a 31-20 lead. They had only one turnover the entire first half and just eight for the game.

    Game notes

    Grizzlies G Wesley Person did not play because of a bruised left kneecap. Person hit his knee against teammate Chris Owens' knee brace in practice Saturday. Person did not start in Sunday's 93-78 loss at Denver, but played 27 minutes and was not effective. His knee was in so much pain Monday he didn't even suit up. Person averages 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. ... Memphis' Brevin Knight again sat out with a sprained right wrist, and Stromile Swift was sidelined with a sprained right hand. Both are listed as day-to-day. ... After Wednesday's home game against San Antonio, Musselman will give his team Thursday off to begin the All-Star break. Murphy, Richardson and Arenas are all playing for the sophomore squad in the Rookie Challenge on Saturday in Atlanta.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 101
    FGM-FGA 35-89 (.393) 39-84 (.464)
    3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 5-13 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 17-27 (.630) 18-23 (.783)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 27-54 16-42
    Assists 15 24
    Turnovers 17 8
    Steals 4 12
    Blocks 8 6
    Fast Break Points 5 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (1/1)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Pau Gasol Gasol
    Points: 20
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 4
    Troy Murphy Murphy
    Points: 21
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1