Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/1

Game 1: Friday, November 1st
Game 2: Tuesday, January 28th
Game 3: Saturday, March 15th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 19th

SuperSonics 99

(31-36, 13-21 away)

Warriors 105

(33-35, 21-13 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, March 19, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 27 25 26 2199
    GS 21 32 28 24105

    Top Performers

    Sea: B. Barry 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    GS: A. Jamison 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast

    Warriors continue to reverse trend vs. Sonics

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- In a game with 33 lead changes, the Golden State Warriors were determined to hold on to the last one.

    Antawn Jamison

    Antawn Jamison had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and Jason Richardson had 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Warriors beat the Seattle SuperSonics 105-99 on Wednesday night.

    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 Western Conference.

    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.''

    Brent Barry had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Sonics, who beat Houston at home one night earlier. Rashard Lewis scored 18 before fouling out.

    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 road.

    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 lead.

    "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.

    Game notes

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 105
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 43-84 (.512)
    3PM-3PA 9-22 (.409) 5-22 (.227)
    FTM-FTA 16-21 (.762) 14-21 (.667)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-41 14-46
    Assists 18 20
    Turnovers 14 12
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 1 4
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (1/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Brent Barry Barry
    Points: 23
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Antawn Jamison Jamison
    Points: 28
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0