Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Tuesday, December 7th
Game 2: Sunday, February 13th
Game 3: Friday, March 18th
Game 4: Friday, April 8th

Warriors 104

(5-13, 1-7 away)

Suns 118

(15-3, 7-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 7, 2004

    US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 37 30 20 17104
    PHX 29 33 21 35118

    Top Performers

    Golden State: J. Richardson 32 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

    Phoenix: A. Stoudemire 33 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Marion, Johnson post double-doubles

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Golden State started off shooting well. The Phoenix Suns finished the game the same way.

    Steve Nash had 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, when the Suns rallied from seven points down to beat the Warriors 118-104 Tuesday night.

    "They've got a point guard like Steve Nash who can push the ball, and that's what he did," Golden State's Jason Richardson said. "He pretty much ran us out of the gym in the fourth quarter."

    Amare Stoudemire had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Shawn Marion had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Johnson chipped in 20 points as the Suns won for the 12th time in 13 games.

    The Warriors, who had won two straight after a 3-12 start, led for most of the game behind Richardson, who had a season-high 32 points and 10 rebounds.

    Mike Dunleavy contributed season-highs of 24 points and 13 rebounds, Derek Fisher scored 13 off the bench and Cliff Robinson had 11 in a strong all-out effort by a team that beat Boston the night before.

    "We hoped they'd wear down, but they struck a match and got on fire the first half and scored a lot of points," Stoudemire said. "I think they just came out hungry to get a win."

    Warriors coach Mike Montgomery felt playing four games in five nights came into play in the fourth quarter.

    "The shots we were getting were the same shots that we were getting early on, but they just stopped going down," Montgomery said.

    The Warriors' frustration was evident during Phoenix's comeback. They were 6-of-23 in the fourth, going 7:20 without a basket after Fisher's 3-pointer sent them to a 92-85 lead with 10:21 left.

    The Suns tied it at 92 on Nash's 18-footer with 7:49 to go after Stoudemire stole a pass by Ansu Sesay, then went ahead on a free throw by Casey Jacobsen 34 seconds later.

    With 6:08 to go, Richardson missed two free throws, and Nash, who had 11 assists, cashed in at the other end with a 3-pointer that built a 100-92 lead.

    "They were stuck on 92 points for a long time, and that's when we made our run," Marion said.

    Marion, who had five points at halftime, scored 11 during a 15-3 run in the third quarter. His athletic dunk on a follow of Stoudemire's missed 10-footer lifted Phoenix to an 81-80 lead -- its first since the opening minutes -- with 3:26 to go.

    The Warriors came in averaging 91 points, but scored a Phoenix opponent's-high 37 in the first quarter and 30 in the second.

    "Phoenix is a run-and-gun team," Richardson said. "They get out on the break, they've got the athletes and they force you to run the whole game." The Suns worked to within 63-59 on a 3-pointer by Quentin Richardson with 1:14 to go, and, after a jumper by Speedy Claxton, Phoenix got to 65-62 on Johnson's three-point play with 35.8 seconds remaining. But Robinson made a short jumper to open a 67-62 halftime lead.

    "It was just one of those games that looked like a train wreck," Phoenix coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It was off the rails. But they buckled up, did what we're supposed to do, and we got the win."

    Game notes

    The Suns activated F Zarko Cabarkapa from the injured list and placed F Jackson Vroman on the IL. Cabarkapa missed the first 17 games because of left knee tendinitis. ... Marion has 14 double-doubles, including nine in 10 games. ... The win was No. 50 for Suns coach Mike D'Antoni, who took over on Dec. 10, 2003. D'Antoni had 14 wins with Denver in 1998-99. ... Jason Richardson had his biggest game since scoring 35 at Cleveland on April 3. ... The Warriors have two wins in last 19 games at America West Arena, but were 1-1 last season.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 118
    FGM-FGA 44-99 (.444) 42-87 (.483)
    3PM-3PA 8-20 (.400) 8-20 (.400)
    FTM-FTA 8-14 (.571) 26-35 (.743)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-49 8-47
    Assists 20 21
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 8 5
    Blocks 6 9
    Fast Break Points 14 17
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (3/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 16

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 32
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 1
    Amar'e Stoudemire Stoudemire
    Points: 33
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1