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GS's Dampier grabs career-high 25 rebounds

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- It seemed like every time someone missed
a shot, Erick Dampier was there to get the rebound.

Dampier had a career-high 25 rebounds and 16 points to lead the
Golden State Warriors to their seventh straight win, 105-77 over
the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.

"Every opportunity we had to make them miss (Dampier) just
created opportunities for them by getting to the glass," Los
Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said.

Dampier had his sixth game with at least 20 rebounds this season
and the 25 boards were the most in a non-overtime game in the NBA
so far this year.

"Things are just now coming together for us," said Dampier,
averaging career highs of 12.4 points and 11.9 rebounds.
"Everybody is going out there and leaving it on the floor, and I
am just trying to get my hands on every ball."

Dampier has hinted he might opt out of the last two years of his
contract and test free agency this summer.

"The Warriors gotta do something," teammate Jason Richardson
said. "He is one of the top two or three centers in the league. He
worked on his game, is healthy and he is showing that he is a
force."

Richardson scored 20 points and rookie guard Mickael Pietrus
added 17 as the Warriors handed the Clippers their eighth straight
loss.

Corey Maggette led Los Angeles with 21 points.

The seven-game winning streak is the Warriors longest since
April 1994, when they won eight in a row. Golden State has won the
seven games by an average of 16 points and have held opponents
under 90 points in all of the wins, the longest run in franchise
history.

The Warriors went on a 9-2 run to close out the first half and
take a 54-42 lead. Dampier had a putback and a dunk as the Clippers
had no answer for him inside. Dampier scored 10 points and had 16
rebounds, 10 on the offensive end before halftime.

"Damp is playing with a purpose, obviously," Golden State
coach Eric Musselman said. "He is playing at as high a level as
anybody in the league right now."

Golden State outrebound Los Angeles 29-16 in the first half.

Richardson and Dunleavy hit 3-pointers to put the Warriors up
67-52 midway through the third quarter and Richardson's alley-oop
dunk with 1:35 left in the quarter gave Golden State a 77-58 lead.

"Guys are playing for pride," Richardson said. "It's just too
bad that it's pretty much too late to make a playoff run."

Game notes
The Clippers placed guard Quentin Richardson on the injured
list with back spasms and signed Randy Livingston to a 10-day
contract. Richardson was averaging a career-high 17.7 points. ...
Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy split the four-game season series
with his son, Warriors forward Mike. The last time a Golden State
player had 25 or more rebounds was exactly 23 years ago when Larry
Smith had 31 on March 28, 1981. ... The Warriors seven-game win
streak comes after a nine-game losing skid, the longest winning
stretch after losing nine or more games. The Washington Wizards won
five in 2001.

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