Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/10

Game 1: Monday, November 10th
Game 2: Friday, November 28th
Game 3: Friday, January 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 11th

Suns 99

(3-3, 1-2 away)

Warriors 96

(3-3, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, November 10, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 23 25 29 2299
    GS 23 27 20 2696

    Top Performers

    PHX: J. Johnson 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: J. Richardson 22 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Warriors' late push falls short

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Stephon Marbury has been following Erick Dampier's dominating performances for the Golden State Warriors, and the Phoenix Suns centered their game plan around the 6-foot-11 center.

    Marbury and Joe Johnson each had 22 points and the Suns snapped Dampier's career-best streak of five straight double-doubles to beat the Warriors 99-96 on Monday night and end a four-game road losing streak dating to last season.

    "This was a big win for us," Marbury said. "We came in with a presence as far as what we had to do and we followed our game plan -- keep Dampier off the boards."

    Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and 18 rebounds for Phoenix, which staved off a late rally by the Warriors in the final seconds.

    Brian Cardinal made two free throws with 44.3 seconds left, then rebounded a miss by Anfernee Hardaway and the Warriors called a timeout with 6.5 seconds to go and down by three. Nick Van Exel missed a desperation 3 over the outstretched arms of Hardaway just before the buzzer sounded, ending the Warriors' three-game home winning streak.

    "Before the game, I asked, 'How did we win the games on the road last year down the stretch?" Suns coach Frank Johnson said. "We did it by not relying on one man."

    Golden State's Jason Richardson had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading his team in scoring for the third straight game after serving a three-game suspension for assaulting his former girlfriend. Richardson went down with a sprained left ankle with 3:29 remaining when he stepped on someone's foot. X-rays were negative.

    Van Exel sustained a sprained left thumb in the fourth quarter and X-rays were negative.

    Dampier, averaging 12.4 points and 15.8 coming in, was held to nine points and eight rebounds.

    Johnson, who was averaging only 7.4 points in five games against Golden State, also added nine rebounds and seven assists and the Suns held a rebounding advantage for the second straight game, 45-41.

    "We didn't pay attention to details defensively," Golden State's Cliff Robinson said. "Johnson is liable to have a good game any time. Tonight he came out feeling good."

    Speedy Claxton made back-to-back baskets for the Warriors to pull them to 95-90 with 2:43 left and Calbert Cheaney scored at 2:17 to make it 95-92, but Johnson answered on the other end and Van Exel missed two free throws at 1:46.

    "We had our chances," Van Exel said. "If I hit some shots, especially some of those 3s, we probably win the game. They're a team that is very explosive and they can finish."

    Cardinal again provided a spark for the Warriors, scoring a career-high 17 points -- the third straight game he has increased the mark.

    Cardinal, who came up with timely baskets and hustle plays, received a standing ovation from many fans when he went to the bench with 53.7 seconds left in the first half. The journeyman power forward had 13 points and eight rebounds Friday night in the Warriors' 95-89 victory over the Utah Jazz, and won over the crowd when he returned after receiving five stitches over his right eye at halftime.

    On Monday, fans hollered, "We want Cardinal!" when the Warriors struggled late in the third quarter and they got their wish.

    The Suns began the third with an 8-1 spurt and the Warriors went cold from the field, making only 5 of their first 14 shots. But Richardson and Van Exel kept Golden State close -- Richardson scored 10 in the period and Van Exel answered Marbury's 3-pointer that made it 65-57 with a 3 of his own the next time down the floor.

    Jahidi White, acquired last Wednesday from Washington to help address the Suns' rebounding problems, finished with only six points and one rebound in his second game with the team. He also was whistled for a technical early in the third period.

    The Warriors missed nine of their first 11 shots, but used strong rebounding to take a 50-48 halftime lead.

    Game notes

    The Warriors hope to have hurt swingman Mickael Pietrus (sprained left ankle) back on the floor when they play Miami at home Nov. 21. ... New Warriors C-F Cherokee Parks, an eight-year NBA veteran who has played with six teams, is happy to have caught on with Golden State. "(I've) just been bouncing around and I've been on a lot of teams," said Parks, who appeared in two preseason games with Miami. "They've been firing coaches and selling teams and making big trades and I've been a casualty of a lot of things. It'll be good to get here and get my foot in the door." ... The Suns have won 23 of the last 28 meetings with the Warriors.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 99 96
    FGM-FGA 40-82 (.488) 36-80 (.450)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 7-24 (.292)
    FTM-FTA 14-18 (.778) 17-25 (.680)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-45 7-41
    Assists 22 21
    Turnovers 9 12
    Steals 4 5
    Blocks 2 10
    Fast Break Points 6 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/1) 14 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Joe Johnson Johnson
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 22
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0