Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 3/1

Game 1: Saturday, March 1st
Game 2: Sunday, March 9th

Pistons 90

(37-22, 17-16 away)

Warriors 92

(29-30, 18-12 home)

7:30 PM ET, March 1, 2003

ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

1 2 3 4 T
DET 14 27 22 2790
GS 23 17 26 2692

Top Performers

Detroit: C. Billups 33 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

Golden State: G. Arenas 26 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Warriors: Longest streak since start of 1994-95 season

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors haven't won a playoff game in 11 years, but their 92-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night felt like one.


Gilbert Arenas scored 26 points, Antawn Jamison 22 and Troy Murphy and Erick Dampier had 12 each as the Warriors won their fifth straight for the first time since the first five games of the 1994-95 season.

Chauncey Billups scored a season high 33 points and Richard Hamilton 31 for the Pistons, who lost their sixth straight.

"This was a playoff-type atmosphere game,'' Golden State coach Eric Musselman said. "Both teams grinded it out. ... This is the type of game that we can reflect back on down the road. It seemed like every possession was fourth-and-1.''

Detroit had a chance to tie in the closing seconds but Billups missed a contested 15-footer and Ben Wallace missed a follow shot from short range.

Jamison pulled down the rebound and was fouled with 0.4 seconds left. He missed both free throws but teammate Adonal Foyle grabbed the rebound as the Warriors won for the third straight time at home against the Pistons.

Wallace finished with 18 rebounds and four blocks.

"I got a good look,'' Billups said. "That's a shot I can hit. I got by the guy for a pull-up and it just didn't go for me.''

Jamison scored nine of his points in the fourth quarter, including seven straight during a 7-2 run that broke a 70-70 tie and gave the Warriors the lead for good. His driving layup gave the Warriors a 77-72 lead with 6:00 left.

"Any given night someone can step up and produce for us,'' Jamison said. "Last year these were the types of games that we lost, but this year we are winning them.''

The league's top defense couldn't hold down hot-shooting Arenas during a 12-0 Golden State run in the middle of the second quarter. The 6-foot-3 second-year point guard, who averaged 22.8 points a game in February, scored eight points during the run. He capped it with a driving layup past three Detroit defenders to give the Warriors a 58-53 lead with 4:05 left in the third.

He also scored on consecutive driving layups to give Golden State an 86-80 lead with 3:56 left in the contest.

Musselman pulled out Arenas in favor of Earl Boykins for the final 3:48. Arenas had five fouls at the time.

"It was a difficult decision to keep Gilbert out down the stretch, but with five fouls I wanted to save him just in case it went into overtime,'' Musselman said.

Two early blocks by Wallace seemed fire up the normally quiet Dampier, who countered with two blocks, five rebounds and 10 points in the first quarter as the Warriors took a 23-14 lead. Dampier's first-quarter totals were comparable to his game averages of 8.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.07 blocks. Dampier also drew the biggest roar of the night, when he blocked a left-handed dunk attempt by Michael Curry late in the third quarter.

"(Foyle) and Dampier were phenomenal tonight,'' Musselman said. "We wanted to go with length down low defensively and we got good results.''

The Warriors, however, had no answer for the guard tandem of Hamilton and Billups who made 20 of Detroit's 31 field goals. They also combined to hit 21 of 22 foul shots.

"Its tough because all season long we would win these games,'' Hamilton said.

Both teams shot poorly -- Detroit was 31-of-81 (38.3 percent) and the Warriors 33-of-83 (39.8 percent). The Warriors, who got 12 rebounds from Murphy and 10 by Dampier, outrebounded the Pistons, 49-47.

"Youre going to have off-shooting nights,'' Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "The bottom line is we didnt do the job we needed to on the boards.''

Game notes

Golden State has used the same starting lineup in each of the first 58 games, the longest streak to begin a season by any Warriors team since moving West in 1962-63. ... With an 8-5 record in February, Golden State posted consecutive months over .500 for the first time since the 1993-94 season. ... Hamilton came in averaging 22.7 points and shooting 52 percent from the field in his last nine games. His career high of 41 came vs. the Warriors in 2001. ... The Pistons are No. 1 in the league in bench scoring at 34.6 per game. The Warriors outscored them 12-9.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 90 92
FGM-FGA 31-81 (.383) 33-83 (.398)
3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 3-12 (.250)
FTM-FTA 24-26 (.923) 23-32 (.719)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 16-47 19-49
Assists 18 15
Turnovers 9 8
Steals 3 6
Blocks 7 8
Fast Break Points 3 1
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 24 (1/0)

Top Performers

Golden State
Chauncey Billups Billups
Points: 33
Reb: 4
Ast: 5
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Gilbert Arenas Arenas
Points: 26
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0