OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Dunleavy Jr. might have tried too
hard to impress his dad.
Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. won the NBA's first official
father-son matchup in 27 years when Los Angeles beat the Golden
State Warriors 104-98 on Friday night in the Clippers' best
defensive effort of the season.
Dunleavy Jr., the Warriors' second-year forward, finished with a
season-low seven points on 2-for-10 shooting and made the quickest
postgame exit of his career.
"I just think he went out and played his game," said Dunleavy
Sr., whose team allowed the younger Dunleavy to score 19 points in
both preseason meetings. "We did a good job on him, just like we
did a good job on Cliff Robinson and just like we did a good job on
a lot of their guys."
Chris Wilcox scored a career-high 21 points to go with nine
rebounds as Los Angeles won its third straight game, and Quentin
Richardson added 19 points and seven rebounds. The Clippers allowed
their fewest points all season and shot a season-high 49.4 percent.
They have the league's top offense, averaging 106 points per game,
but came in giving up 109.5.
They almost gave away the game.
Jason Richardson, back in the lineup after missing one game with
a sprained left ankle, pulled the Warriors to 96-94 when he scored
with 1:27 left, but the Clippers' Richardson answered on the other
end. The Warriors missed key shots in the final minute despite
getting several second chances.
Corey Maggette's dunk with 36.2 seconds left helped seal the
"We just had to keep our composure," Maggette said. "The
biggest thing we had to say was, 'We're up, they're chasing us."
Richardson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the
Warriors, who were sloppy and got outhustled most of the game.
"We were all out there making mistakes," Cardinal said.
"Collectively, we have to look at that, realize it and address
Golden State's Erick Dampier recorded his league-leading seventh
double-double with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Brian Cardinal scored
a career-high 24, his fifth straight game with 12 or more points,
but the Warriors lacked the energy they've shown in recent games.
They trailed by as many as 17 in the third quarter, their
biggest deficit of the season. Golden State stressed rebounding
going into this game and held a 51-40 edge on the boards thanks to
20 offensive rebounds.
Sean Lampley, signed by the Warriors earlier in the day to boost
their injury-plagued roster, sparked a 7-0 fourth-quarter run,
pulling Golden State to 91-82 on a three-point play with 5:47 left.
Nick Van Exel and Lampley then scored back-to-back baskets to make
Lampley finished with 11 points and six rebounds.
"We didn't physically stop anybody," Warriors coach Eric
Musselman said. "We've got to get some stops."
A father coached against his son for only the second time in NBA
history. The last time was Nov. 9, 1976, when the New Orleans Jazz
played the New York Nets. Jan van Breda Kolff started for the Nets,
while his father, Butch, coached the Jazz.
Dunleavy Sr. clapped when Wilcox grabbed a rebound over Dunleavy
Jr. and scored a putback in the first quarter. When his son dunked
in transition a few minutes later, the father put his finger to his
temple, then crossed his arms as he paced the sideline.
The Clippers started the second quarter with a 9-3 run to build
a 36-22 lead, and they led 60-47 at halftime behind 59.1-percent
The Warriors received their second special roster exemption
in two days to sign Lampley because of injuries. Dan Langhi
re-signed with the team Wednesday after the Warriors received
permission from the NBA to sign another player. ... The Warriors
went 3-2 during their season-long five-game homestand. ... L.A.'s
Richardson missed his first free throw of the season in the third
quarter. He had been 12-for-12 coming in. ... Cardinal's 24 points
were the second most off the bench this season. Chicago's Jalen
Rose had 34 against the Hornets on Nov. 8. ... Dampier had 10
double-doubles last season. ... Van Exel had a season-high 10
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