Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/10

Game 1: Saturday, January 10th
Game 2: Thursday, January 22nd
Game 3: Tuesday, February 10th
Game 4: Saturday, February 21st

SuperSonics 110


Warriors 113

(15-20, 11-6 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, January 10, 2004

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    SEA 25 24 25 25 11110
    GS 22 28 20 29 14113

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 28 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: J. Richardson 25 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Warriors snap seven-game losing skid

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- When things began spiraling downward as they always eventually seem to do with the Golden State Warriors, Cliff Robinson spoke up.

    Then he shut up.

    A veteran of 15 NBA seasons, the 6-foot-10 forward knew he just had to play and do his part to turn things around.

    Robinson scored five straight points in overtime and made a career-best six 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 28 points, and the Warriors ended a season-long seven-game losing streak with a 113-110 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday night.

    "My main concern is us trying to build on tonight's game going into the next," said Robinson, whose team has missed the playoffs the last nine seasons. "I can't say guys were starting to feed into (the negativity). But at the same time you've got to talk about it to make sure guys aren't feeding into it. When you're going through a stretch like that, everybody is going to be a little sour. Emotions are running high."

    Jason Richardson added 25 points and 10 rebounds, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter before Ray Allen made a driving layin with 10 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Nick Van Exel missed a short baseline jumper just before the buzzer sounded.

    But Van Exel, burned on Allen's tying layin, scored six of his 13 points in overtime as the Warriors won a thrilling up-and-down game against the surging Sonics, who had won eight of 10.

    Allen scored 28 points, including seven straight in the fourth. Rashard Lewis added 25 points and nine rebounds, but missed a 3-pointer just before the OT buzzer.

    "Sometimes your luck is against you, and for seven games, I think it was against them. That's always going to change sometime," Allen said. "The way it went tonight, I bet they were looking up to the sky and praising God, because it seemed like everything went their way."

    The game featured 22 lead changes and 17 ties.

    Brian Cardinal added 16 points and a career-best nine rebounds off the bench, another inspiring effort -- and done with a broken nose, no less.

    The Sonics, playing their fifth game in seven nights, gained momentum in the fourth quarter after Robinson received a technical for shoving Vladimir Radmanovic with 9:42 left.

    Allen then scored seven points in a row, a long jumper from the right wing, a 3-pointer and two free throws, for an 85-76 lead. Richardson and Robinson then hit back-to-back 3s to bring the Warriors back within 85-82 with 6:20 to play.

    Then Allen came up big again, sinking a fallaway jumper. But Seattle couldn't hold the lead.

    Golden State responded with a 6-0 run, capped by Calbert Cheaney's layin at 3:38 that gave the Warriors an 88-87 lead.

    Van Exel said during the team's recent five-game road trip that he wasn't sure who is supposed to step up in crunch time for the Warriors. And he didn't seem poised to do so after going 2-for-11 through regulation.

    "I thought the effort, the confidence, the not giving in, the coming back when we were down was phenomenal," Warriors coach Eric Musselman said. "The personality of the ballclub was 'We need a win. We need one desperately. Let's figure out a way to get one."

    The Warriors wanted to contain Seattle's talented 3-point shooters, who lead the league with nearly 24 attempts per game. They're also the second-most accurate team from long range behind Sacramento at 38.4 percent. Seattle went 12-for-35 from behind the arc.

    Seattle was coming off a 3-0 homestand in which the Sonics rallied from 17 points down to beat Memphis on Friday.

    Warriors forward Troy Murphy sat out his second straight game because of a bone spur on his right ankle. It's the same foot he injured in training camp, forcing him to miss the entire preseason and the first 22 games of the regular season.

    Both teams shot 43.5 percent (10-for-23) in the first half, but the Sonics hit three 3-pointers for a 25-22 halftime lead.

    Game notes

    Trainers don't believe Murphy's injuries are related, though Murphy thinks it's possible. Murphy had an MRI and received a cortisone shot Friday and was expected to play against the SuperSonics, but he felt excruciating pain "one hot minute" into Saturday morning's shootaround and had to quit. "It's frustrating," said the 6-foot-11 Murphy, who's averaging 7.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 11 games. "I just wish I could be out there. I guess we've got to figure out another way of attacking this. We felt we could combat this with the cortisone shot." ... Van Exel also had 11 assists. ... Seattle's 35 3-point attempts were the most ever by a Golden State opponent.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 110 113
    FGM-FGA 41-94 (.436) 41-90 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 12-35 (.343) 12-27 (.444)
    FTM-FTA 16-20 (.800) 19-27 (.704)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 16-57
    Assists 23 25
    Turnovers 10 16
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 7 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 20 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 28
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0