After a tumultuous offseason, the revamped Warriors didn't seem
to have a roster built for sharpshooting -- and against
Philadelphia, they were playing without three potential starters
and top rookie Mickael Pietrus.
But they decimated the 76ers with outside jumpers and impressive
ball movement. Golden State made 59.4 percent of its shots for its
best percentage since Dec. 22, 1995.
"I know we've all got to be aggressive and look for good shots
more while we've got guys out with injuries," said Dunleavy, the
third overall pick in the 2002 draft. "Sometimes they all go in,
sometimes none of them go in. I don't care if you're Shaquille
O'Neal or Larry Bird -- a lot of the time, it's luck."
Speedy Claxton, who had 17 points, and Dunleavy led Golden State
to a 12-point lead in the second half. The Warriors held on through
a tense fourth quarter, and Claxton made the biggest shot -- a
26-foot 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 2:22 left.
"We've got some good players and some really good shooters,"
Claxton said. "We've got guys hurt, but that's no excuse. If we
shoot the ball how we're capable of shooting, we're a dangerous
Dunleavy rode the bench for much of his rookie season, but the
Warriors still traded leading scorer Antawn Jamison to Dallas last
summer to open up a starting spot -- and Dunleavy promptly went
6-for-18 in the season opener against the Mavericks.
He was 11-for-15 with three 3-pointers against the Sixers,
leading a barrage of accurate shooting. Claxton went 7-for-11,
Cheaney was 10-for-12 and Dampier was 5-for-8.
"I got enough shots up between last game and this game, because
I missed so many the other night," Dunleavy said. "I don't think
I've ever taken that many shots between games. I think I was
probably a little too ready. Tonight I was just more relaxed, and I
let it go."
Dunleavy reached his previous career high of 21 points on a free
throw shortly before halftime, and he surpassed it with a 3-pointer
early in the second half.
He cooled off after that, but Claxton, Erick Dampier and Cheaney
all hit big shots to keep Golden State's lead intact.
"This was a phenomenal win," coach Eric Musselman said. "It
was as good as any win we had last year. I don't think that anyone
expected us to win the game tonight with a limited roster. We were
really efficient at getting our scorers the basketball, and we
tried to exploit mismatches."
Allen Iverson and Aaron McKie each scored 19 points for the
76ers, who lost for the second time in two nights on their West
Coast road trip. Iverson was harassed on defense by Claxton, and
the rest of the Sixers struggled to hit open shots in the second
"The way I looked at it, they couldn't continue to shoot the
ball like that," McKie said. "Unfortunately, they kept making
them. ... We let them get off to a good start, and every tough shot
they put up with a hand in their face went in."
Iverson hurt his left shoulder in practice Thursday, but played
46 minutes in the Sixers' 100-89 loss at Sacramento on Friday
night. It might have affected his play, however:
After shooting 10-of-23 against the Kings, Iverson was 7-of-17
while playing 42 minutes in Oakland.
But help is on the way: High-scoring forward Glenn Robinson,
acquired from Atlanta by the 76ers in the offseason, finished his
three-game suspension for a conviction on domestic battery charges.
He is eligible to make his Philadelphia debut in Portland on Monday
"We're just not good defensively right now," Iverson said.
"That's not like a Sixers team. (Dunleavy) had 30-something
points. Who didn't he impress?"
Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert committed two goaltending
violations in the first half. ... Avery Johnson, acquired in an
offseason trade with Dallas, had five assists as Claxton's backup.
Johnson is serving as one of the Warriors' three captains this
season. He also was a Golden State captain in 1993 during his first
stint with the club. ... Claxton fouled out with 1:48 left.