The entire Jazz front line was missing.
Dampier responded by scoring 18 points and grabbing a
career-high 24 rebounds for his 20th double-double in Golden
State's 101-85 victory over the short-handed Jazz on Monday night.
"We knew we had an opportunity to pound the ball inside
tonight," Dampier said. "I just feel what I'm doing now I could
have done the last couple years, but I had some injuries. And now
I'm showing people what I'm capable of doing."
Calbert Cheaney scored 20 points off the bench and Jason
Richardson added 18 for the Warriors, who had lost three of four
and were coming off their 10th consecutive road defeat Friday at
Raja Bell matched his career high with 25 points, and also had
six rebounds and five assists for Utah.
The Warriors were too much for the Jazz in the paint without
Ostertag and forwards Ruffin (left foot sprain) and Kirilenko
(right ankle sprain). The Jazz only used eight players, compared to
the Warriors' nine.
The 7-foot-2 Ostertag was suspended for the game earlier in the
day along with Cleveland's Zydrunas Ilgauskas for fighting
Saturday, and Golden State routinely took advantage of his absence
by pounding the ball inside.
"You miss those guys, but they're gone," forward Paul Grant
said. "A lot of teams have just eight players out there. These are
the guys we've got. You still have to get the job done. We didn't
keep Erick Dampier off the boards. We didn't establish ourselves on
Warriors coach Eric Musselman and Dampier had a nice talk after
the morning shootaround. Last season, Dampier challenged the rookie
coach, calling him "Musselhead" out of frustration at his lack of
"Damp played another good game," Musselman said. "We talked
about things. He's been in a good frame of mind all season."
The Jazz fell behind early and spent almost the entire game
trying to play catch up. They trailed by as many as 18. And they
didn't help themselves with mistakes such as Bell's technical for
pushing Brian Cardinal with 9:04 left.
Golden State got another impressive outing from Cliff Robinson,
who has made 17 of 22 3-pointers in his last four home games. He
finished with 16 points, six rebounds, six assists and four blocked
The Warriors used a 9-2 run midway through the third quarter to
build a 55-46 lead, then Cheaney's dunk at 5:34 made it 60-50.
Dampier had his third game with 20 or more rebounds.
"We could not handle them inside," Utah coach Jerry Sloan
said. "We weren't big enough and we weren't tough enough."
Jazz rookie guard Maurice Williams scored 15 points after
missing Saturday night's home loss to Cleveland because of
tendinitis in his left ankle.
Cardinal, Golden State's spark off the bench, returned after
missing two games with the flu, though he still felt weak. He had
three points, two steals and a rebound in 12 minutes.
The Warriors shot 60 percent in the first quarter, with
Richardson scoring six straight during an 11-0 run, but Golden
State committed 12 first-half turnovers and led just 42-37 at the
break. The Jazz went to the free-throw line 12 times in the first
Both teams wore throwback jerseys -- the Warriors from the
1966-67 season and the Jazz from 1979-80. Golden State is 3-0 when
wearing their retro uniforms.
Warriors GM Garry St. Jean called captains Avery Johnson,
Richardson and Robinson over after the morning shootaround to
discuss the state of the team. "It was good. Real positive,"
Johnson said. ... Injured Warriors F Troy Murphy, out four to six
weeks with a deep bone bruise and stress reaction in his right
ankle, will have another MRI next week to determine his progress
and a better timetable of when he can run again. Doctors will
compare the MRI with one he had earlier this month. Murphy is
limited to lifting weights for now. "I want to come back and be
good for the rest of the year and help this team win," he said.
... Two "Jr. Warrior" journalists attended Musselman's pregame
interview session. A 10-year-old girl asked, "Do you have any
conflicts with your players?" Musselman said, "Do you have any
conflicts with you parents?" She said no. "I've got to find out
their secret," Musselman said. ... Dampier's previous career high
in rebounds was 23 on Nov. 11, 2003, on the road against the
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