OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- In a game with 33 lead changes, the
Golden State Warriors were determined to hold on to the last one.
Bob Sura added 15 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for
the Warriors, who had their second win over Seattle in five days
following a 14-game losing streak to the Sonics. They didn't get it
easily, with the Pacific Division rivals staying within one basket
of each other for nearly the entire second half.
"We kept trying to pull ahead, and they kept pulling us back
in,'' said Warriors guard Gilbert Arenas, laughingly paraphrasing a
line from one of the "Godfather'' movies.
"Our teams are pretty similar, but we showed a lot of
toughness, considering how tired we were.''
Seattle led by a point with 5½ minutes left, but the Warriors
made a 10-2 run with six points from Richardson. Sura scored on an
acrobatic tip shot with 3:16 left, and Golden State held Seattle
scoreless for more than three minutes to win at home for the sixth
time in seven games.
"Everybody was tired after playing at Sacramento last night _
the players, the coaches, the trainers,'' coach Eric Musselman
said. "But we all knew that this was a win we needed. ...
Sometimes, you just have to go out and get it.''
With their first home win over Seattle in eight tries, the
Warriors moved 1½ games ahead of Seattle for 10th place in the
Troy Murphy missed his second straight game with a bruised right
knee, and his absence left the Warriors short-handed in the
frontcourt. They still outrebounded the Sonics 46-41 and made most
of the hustle plays.
"We didn't play any defense at the end,'' said Ray Allen, who
had 23 points. "They got too many second-chance points and
rebounds. It was everybody's fault.''
Both teams played with plenty of motivation. Both are on the
fringes of the Western Conference playoff race, needing a
significant winning streak to challenge for the final berths.
Neither team's task is easy: Golden State has four games in five
nights during an East Coast road trip next week, while Seattle
plays 10 games in the first 16 days of April -- including six on the
Jamison made eight straight shots at one point, but neither team
led by more than three points in an entertaining second half until
Sura's high-arching layup with 7:38 left gave Golden State an 89-85
"They're focused and playing some energized basketball out here
at home,'' said Barry, a Bay area native whose Hall of Fame father,
Rick, hosts a radio talk show here. "They're responding to the
crowd, and the people are coming here to see them. I thought that
was the difference.''
Murphy missed his second straight game with a bruised right
knee, giving rookie Mike Dunleavy his second career start. Murphy's
absence Tuesday night forced Musselman to change his starting
lineup for the first time all season.
The teams split the season series _ Golden State's best
showing in the rivalry since winning three of five in 1991-92. ...
The Warriors haven't had a triple-double since Mookie Blaylock did
it on March 24, 2001. ... Golden State is 21-13 at home this season
-- and assured of a winning home record -- after winning just 14
times at the Arena last season.
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