Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/18

Game 1: Friday, November 18th
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Trail Blazers80
Game 2: Saturday, January 28th
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Game 3: Saturday, April 15th
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Game 4: Monday, April 17th
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Trail Blazers 79

(21-60, 6-35 away)

Warriors 93

(34-47, 21-20 home)

    7:30 PM ET, April 17, 2006

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 20 20 15 2479
    GS 27 22 26 1893

    Top Performers

    Por: T. Outlaw 19 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    GS: M. Dunleavy 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl

    Warriors handle Blazers in matchup of lottery teams

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State forward Mike Dunleavy will have a rooting interest in the NBA playoffs. He just wishes it was for his own team.

    Dunleavy scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help the Warriors win their fourth straight game, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 93-79 on Monday night.

    "I'll be rooting for the [Los Angeles] Clippers, but it will be tough knowing we were good enough to be there," said Dunleavy, whose father coaches the Clippers. "Winning makes you feel a little better but we're all still upset at the end of the season. We didn't get where we wanted to be, and where we were good enough to be. It's bittersweet."

    Ike Diogu added 16 points and Troy Murphy had 10 points and 11 rebounds as the Warriors swept the season series from the Blazers for the first time ever. Golden State also matched its win total from last season with a game at Utah remaining on the schedule.

    "It's time to get this thing over," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We have to reevaluate and see where we go from here. We have a lot of young players and they need time to develop. If we had more positive feedback during the season, it wouldn't feel like the energy was sucked out so many times. We'd have more life."

    Travis Outlaw matched his season high with 19 points for the Blazers, who lost their 16th straight on the road, their longest streak since a 21-game skid during the 1973-74 season. Jarrett Jack and Martell Webster each added 11.

    "It's tough," Jack said. "You try to clear your head of it before every game but it's something you can't escape. Every one knows it's tougher to play on the road than at home. You have to be a lot more mentally focused."

    The Warriors, who missed the playoffs for the 12th straight year, also claimed a winning record at home for the third time in four years.

    "We just wanted to go out on top," Dunleavy said. "We had some stretches where we had good wins. We need to do that the whole season. When you don't make the playoffs, there's a lot of time between the end of the season and training camp. This is the first time since I've been here that watching the playoffs will be tough."

    The Blazers (21-60) had already clinched their worst record since the 1971-72 team finished 18-64. Portland can finish no better than a tie with the New York Knicks for the worst record in the NBA, and a loss against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday would mean the worst record in the league for the first time since 1972-73.

    "Everybody had had an opportunity to play and now is the time to show what you are capable of doing," Portland coach Nate McMillan said.

    The Warriors led by 25 during the third quarter and settled for a 75-55 edge going into the final period.

    "They jumped out on us early and pulled away," Jack said. "We didn't play together at all on either end of the floor. When you don't do that, this happens."

    Golden State held a 15-point advantage in the final 2 minutes of the second quarter but the Blazers scored closed the half on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 49-40 at the break.

    The Warriors ended the first quarter with an 11-2 run -- with Andris Biedrins and Derek Fisher accounting for all the points -- to take a 27-20 lead.

    Game notes


    Portland F Zach Randolph was suspended for the game because of conduct detrimental to the team. He would have missed the game anyway because of a sore left knee. ... The Warriors established a single-season record for attendance, averaging 18,723. ... Biedrins tied his career high with 11 rebounds. ... Murphy recorded his 34th double-double.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    POR
    GS
    Points 79 93
    FGM-FGA 33-74 (.446) 37-82 (.451)
    3PM-3PA 6-22 (.273) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 7-11 (.636) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-28 17-47
    Assists 18 26
    Turnovers 20 18
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 6 2
    Fast Break Points 13 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 25

    Top Performers

    Portland
    Golden State
    Travis Outlaw Outlaw
    Points: 19
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 20
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0