Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 1/14

Game 1: Friday, January 14th
Warriors84Final
SuperSonics103
Game 2: Friday, January 28th
SuperSonics88Final
Warriors85
Game 3: Wednesday, February 16th
Warriors117Final
SuperSonics110
Game 4: Sunday, April 3rd
SuperSonics92Final
Warriors101

SuperSonics 92

(50-23, 25-11 away)

Warriors 101

(28-45, 15-20 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    3:00 PM ET, April 3, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SEA 22 19 26 2592
    GS 27 23 26 25101

    Top Performers

    Sea: R. Allen 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl

    GS: M. Dunleavy 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

    Seattle fails to clinch division title

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Baron Davis will only look at the Warriors' record since they dealt for him at the trading deadline.

    Twelve wins in 19 games. Not bad for a team out of playoff contention long ago.

    "It's great to be in a situation where we want it," Davis said. "I've always believed in my talents and ability to play in this league."

    Jason Richardson scored 22 points and Davis added 19 points and nine assists in Golden State's fifth straight victory, 101-92 over the cold-shooting Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday.

    "It's like night and day," Richardson said of his team's transformation with Davis, a two-time All-Star point guard. "Guys are just working hard. We had a lot of close games before Baron got here, but now he's here and it takes a lot of pressure off guys like myself."

    The playoff-bound Sonics missed a chance to clinch the franchise's first division title since winning their third straight Pacific Division crown in 1997-98, getting outhustled on the boards and loose balls and outplayed on both ends.

    Mike Dunleavy made three 3-pointers in the final 3:52 to finish with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Warriors, winners of nine of their last 11.

    Ray Allen had 27 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Seattle. The reeling Sonics are trying to establish momentum to take into the playoffs despite their patchwork lineup.

    Ronald Murray added 13 points and six rebounds and Antonio Daniels 13 points and five assists for the Sonics, who shot 34.5 percent from the field and got outrebounded 45-41.

    "We've got to put this game behind us and move on," Daniels said. "There's no reason to overreact. We've had different guys out over the course of the season. That's basketball. We're going to have to deal with guys being out. We can't blame it on that. We can't feel sorry for ourselves. Nobody's going to feel sorry for us."

    The Warriors, who will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season, keep on playing with emotion despite their familiar spot at the bottom of the standings.

    Derek Fisher added 15 points off the bench and Troy Murphy grabbed 12 rebounds.

    Golden State made five of its first nine shots after halftime and built a 68-52 lead, but Allen scored 11 points in the period to get the Sonics back within 76-67 heading into the fourth.

    The Sonics have been forced to play a different style with their smaller rotation because of the injuries to All-Star forward Rashard Lewis and reserve forward Vladimir Radmanovic.

    "We're not communicating in transition," said coach Nate McMillan, whose squad allowed 29 fastbreak points. "That's ridiculous to give up that amount of points of a missed or sometimes a made shot."

    Seattle's Damien Wilkins (six points) failed to score in double figures for the first time in four games and Nick Collison (two points) didn't reach double digits for the first time in five games for the Sonics, who had won seven of 10.

    Wilkins, an undrafted rookie, made his second straight start in place of Lewis, out indefinitely with a right foot contusion. Wilkins is the son of former NBA player Gerald Wilkins and nephew of former NBA star Dominique Wilkins.

    Seattle won the first two meetings in the season series then lost the last two, including 117-110 at home Feb. 16.

    "The guys are motivated by the fact that they are enjoying playing with one another and proving to some of these playoff teams that we can play at their level," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said.

    Richardson scored five straight points late in the first half, with a pretty one-handed slam putback in which he stayed in the air while Dunleavy's shot was going up. The next time down, Richardson hit a 3 that helped the Warriors to a 50-41 lead at the break.

    Game notes


    The teams each scored 26 points in the third quarter and 25 in the fourth. ... Lewis underwent a bone scan Saturday on his injured foot that showed he doesn't have a broken bone. He will have another test Monday that looks even deeper at the injury. Neither Lewis nor Radmanovic traveled with the team. Radmanovic, who missed his 10th straight game, is nursing a stress fracture in his right leg. ... McMillan has had preliminary discussions about his playoff roster, but is hesitant to think about it too much until he has a better idea about Radmanovic's status. "So much of it depends on Vladi," McMillan said. "If we think he'll come around any time during the postseason, we'll have to stick him in there." ... The same woman sitting courtside got run over twice by players. After Adonal Foyle fell on her early, Wilkins ran into her in the third and beer spilled all over her hair and face. She stuck it out for the fourth quarter. ... Foyle had five blocks for the 48th time in his career.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SEA
    GS
    Points 92 101
    FGM-FGA 30-87 (.345) 38-76 (.500)
    3PM-3PA 8-27 (.296) 11-28 (.393)
    FTM-FTA 24-27 (.889) 14-24 (.583)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-41 12-45
    Assists 15 28
    Turnovers 15 20
    Steals 11 7
    Blocks 1 9
    Fast Break Points 11 29
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 19 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 2 16

    Top Performers

    Seattle
    Golden State
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 27
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 19
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0