Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Monday, November 18th
Game 2: Saturday, December 28th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 26th
Game 4: Monday, April 14th

Clippers 122

(26-55, 11-30 away)

Warriors 113

(38-43, 24-16 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, April 14, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 33 35 31 23122
    GS 28 30 32 23113

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: E. Brand 26 Pts, 23 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl, 2 Blk

    Golden State: J. Richardson 29 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Brand has 26 points and 23 boards in win

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Golden State Warriors wouldn't wake up without a fight. And even after a brawl got them going, Elton Brand and Eric Piatkowski still were too tough.

    Brand scored 26 points and matched his career high with 23 rebounds, and a third-quarter fight sparked a Golden State comeback that fell short in the Los Angeles Clippers' 122-113 victory Monday night.

    Troy Murphy fought Los Angeles' Sean Rooks midway through the third quarter, leading to their ejections -- and lending a palpable edge to the rest of a meaningless game between two teams out of the playoffs.

    "It was a fun game to play in,'' said Lamar Odom, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers. "It was competitive, and to be in a competitive game toward the end of the year with two non-playoff teams, it says a lot about the NBA.''

    The large crowd roared to life -- and so did the Warriors, who immediately made an 18-5 run. But Brand and Piatkowski never let up. Piatkowski hit five 3-pointers, finishing with a season-high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

    The Warriors made an 11-4 run in the final five minutes, pulling within 115-113 on Jason Richardson's 3-pointer with 2:05 left -- but Odom replied with a 3-pointer, and Golden State couldn't score again.

    "(The fight) got the crowd into it,'' Piatkowski said. "It was a fun, fun crowd to play in front of.''

    Richardson scored 29 points and Antawn Jamison had 26 for the Warriors, who lost their third straight -- and their chance for their first 40-win season since 1994.

    Gilbert Arenas had 13 points and eight assists for Golden State, but he was just 3-for-15 from the field while playing on a sprained ankle. The rest of the Warriors were just as listless as their point guard until the fight.

    "You shouldn't need something like that to fire you up,'' Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "We lacked defensive intensity. They were a lot more physical than us. They last 10 days have not been as intense. We've hit a lull.''

    Still, the Warriors are finishing up their most encouraging season in years, while the Clippers are in the final stages of another disaster that will mean big offseason changes. The teams split the season series, with each winning twice on the opponent's home court.

    The Clippers gradually built a 16-point lead in the second quarter. Brand was unstoppable, getting 17 points and 13 rebounds -- nine on the offensive glass. Piatkowski hit four 3-pointers in the first half, scoring 14 points.

    "It was dull until that point,'' Arenas said. "We had to get fired up and get on a run -- and Troy found a way to do it, I guess.''

    Los Angeles led 81-65 in the third quarter of an unremarkable game when Murphy and Rooks got entangled while positioning for a rebound. After they bumped chests and exchanged words, Rooks hooked his left arm around Murphy's neck and tried to throw him to the floor.

    Murphy wriggled out of Rooks' grasp, and both Murphy and Richardson knocked Rooks down. Players and coaches from both teams intervened, and Murphy and Rooks screamed profanities and insults at each other from across the court for two minutes.

    Andre Miller, who got a technical foul during the fight, scored 20 points. Miller and Richardson briefly appeared ready to fight during the fracas.

    Both Rooks and Murphy apparently left the Arena before the final buzzer.

    The Warriors finish their season at home on Wednesday against the Lakers, while the Clippers host Portland.

    Game notes

    Jamison got three stitches above his left eye after a second-half collision. ... Erick Dampier embarrassed Rooks' replacement, rookie Melvin Ely, on a series of plays as Golden State moved back into contention. Ely was the Clippers' only remaining option at center, with Michael Olowokandi and Cherokee Parks on the injured list. ... Murphy had 12 points and nine rebounds when he got tossed. ... Attendance was 16,638 -- a shockingly large crowd for an April meeting between two perennial losers. The Antawn Jamison bobblehead dolls given out at the door had something to do with it.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 122 113
    FGM-FGA 44-101 (.436) 42-104 (.404)
    3PM-3PA 10-22 (.455) 8-24 (.333)
    FTM-FTA 24-28 (.857) 21-29 (.724)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 27-61 27-56
    Assists 25 24
    Turnovers 11 9
    Steals 8 4
    Blocks 7 10
    Fast Break Points 10 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 18 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Golden State
    Elton Brand Brand
    Points: 26
    Reb: 23
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 2
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1