Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/2

Game 1: Saturday, November 2nd
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Jazz101
Game 2: Saturday, January 25th
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Warriors108
Game 3: Friday, January 31st
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Jazz102
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th
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Jazz 102

 

Warriors 128

(38-40, 24-15 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, April 8, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 26 29 24 23102
    GS 30 37 28 33128

    Top Performers

    Utah: K. Malone 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Golden State: G. Arenas 34 Pts, 4 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    Arenas torches Jazz to tune of 34 points

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Gilbert Arenas barely recalled scoring just one point in his last game.

    He wasn't a big part of the offense against Denver, the team he's supposedly headed to when he can become a free agent this summer. But there were better things to talk about Tuesday night, when Golden State's star guard scored 34 points with a career-high six 3-pointers as the Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz 128-102.

    "That game I just didn't shoot," Arenas said of Sunday's 106-99 road win against the Nuggets that snapped a three-game losing streak. "I didn't put my emotions into that game. Everybody wanted to see how I was going to come out and play and if I was going to take a lot of shots or something. I took my emotions out and tried to win the game."

    Why play with no emotion?

    "Since I guess that's the team I'm supposed to be going to, as you guys say," Arenas said. "You know that pressure, the pressure, you know. Your team is coming in. Let's see how you play against your next team. I don't have time for that. I'm here to play basketball, not worry about two months from now."

    Arenas was held to 12 total points in his past two games on 4-for-14 shooting, but he already had 12 with 1:46 left in the first quarter Tuesday.

    The Warriors are still 3½ games behind the Phoenix Suns for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games to play. Phoenix beat the Nuggets 98-78 in Denver.

    Antawn Jamison added 16 points and Troy Murphy had 13 points and 12 rebounds in an impressive offensive night for Golden State, which shot 52.5 percent and just plain outworked Utah.

    "I thought that was our best game of the year," coach Eric Musselman said. "There were some defensive shot-clock violations. I thought we were active and enthusiastic and pushed the ball well and had great shot selection. We attacked after misses and makes and had contributions from everyone tonight."

    Karl Malone had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Carlos Arroyo added 16 off the bench as the Jazz lost their third straight game. Their previous two defeats were by a total of four points.

    Utah has already clinched a playoff spot, the franchise's 20th straight postseason berth, and even if the Jazz were to finish with the same record as the Houston Rockets, Utah wins the tiebreaker based on its division record. Coach Jerry Sloan used his bench for most of the second half.

    Arenas also added five assists and four rebounds. All five Warriors starters, and eight Golden State players in all, finished in double figures. Jason Richardson scored the first four points in the fourth and the Warriors' defense held the Jazz without a field goal in the final period until DeShawn Stevenson scored with 8:24 remaining.

    The Jazz lost two of the previous three meetings to the Warriors this season, including Jan. 31 in the Delta Center, and didn't look at all in sync in either half. They missed open shots and did not show much defensive intensity as the Warriors effectively moved the ball and penetrated into the key for easy shots. Golden State outhustled Utah to the boards and loose balls.

    "We couldn't do much of anything," Sloan said. "They ran all over us. ... They looked like a team that's going to the playoffs and we looked like a team that's going home."

    When Utah pulled within 10 late in the third quarter, Arenas came up big on the other end with two points. Early in the fourth, the Jazz had a shot-clock violation, not a good sign for staging a comeback.

    A .500 season remains within reach for the Warriors (38-40), who finished 21-61 last season.

    The Warriors made 10 of their first 16 shots for 62.5 percent in the first quarter, including 5-for-6 by Arenas. Golden State built a 46-35 lead on a basket by Mike Dunleavy with 6:26 left in the second that ended a 12-5 run. Dunleavy, a rookie, had a season-high 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Jamison had a thundering, one-handed dunk with 2:13 left in the half on the way to a 67-55 halftime lead. The Warriors' 67 points at the half were a season-high and they shot 67.6 percent.

    "Mostly, they made it look easy," the Jazz's John Stockton said.

    Game notes
    Warriors F Chris Mills has missed the last 15 games with left Achilles' tendinitis and isn't expected to return this season. ... The only teams with more consecutive playoff trips than the Jazz are the Philadelphia 76ers with 22 (1949-50 through 1970-71) and the Portland Trail Blazers' current streak of 21 (1982-83 to the present). ... Every Warriors player scored, with Jiri Welsch's two free throws at 29.6 finishing the feat.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTAH
    GS
    Points 102 128
    FGM-FGA 43-99 (.434) 42-80 (.525)
    3PM-3PA 4-10 (.400) 9-15 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 12-20 (.600) 35-39 (.897)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 24-44 16-46
    Assists 33 27
    Turnovers 12 13
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 7 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 16 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Utah
    Golden State
    Karl Malone Malone
    Points: 17
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 34
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0