Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Wednesday, November 3rd
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Game 2: Saturday, January 1st
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 6th
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Game 4: Friday, April 15th
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Trail Blazers 78

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Warriors 75

(0-1, 0-1 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, November 3, 2004

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    POR 18 19 16 2578
    GS 16 23 20 1675

    Top Performers

    Por: S. Abdur-Rahim 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    GS: M. Dunleavy 17 Pts, 6 Reb, 3 Ast

    Portland 78, Golden State 75

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nick Van Exel had it out for the Golden State fans as much as they had it out for Portland's fiery point guard.

    Booed throughout Wednesday's season opener, Van Exel taunted the crowd in his own way, scoring 13 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter against his former team in the Trail Blazers' 78-75 victory over the Warriors.

    Afterward, Van Exel -- showing his usual swagger and say-anything attitude -- cursed the welcoming committee that once cheered him during his injury-plagued stint with Golden State a year ago.

    "I really got motivated because of the boos. I came into the game expecting to get booed," said Van Exel, traded to the Blazers in July. "Fans are fickle. They forget what you did in the community. I tried to stick it to them."

    Mike Dunleavy missed two 3-pointers in the final seven seconds, including one at the buzzer, spoiling the NBA debut of Warriors coach Mike Montgomery.

    Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Blazers, whose midseason shakeup last season wasn't enough to keep them from missing the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

    Zach Randolph, who signed an $84 million, six-year contract extension Monday, had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

    Dunleavy led the rebuilt Warriors with 17 points. Troy Murphy had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

    Golden State's Dale Davis missed two free throws with 54 seconds left, then Murphy missed a long jumper moments later.

    Van Exel didn't play in Portland's two preseason losses to the Warriors because of an ankle sprain.

    "When we left the floor the last time we played Portland, Van Exel said, 'Hey, you're going to have me next time," Montgomery said. "I think the difference between this game and the two exhibition games was simply Van Exel. He just really hurt us, and gave them confidence."

    When Van Exel made his second 3-pointer of the fourth quarter with 8:16 remaining to give Portland the lead for good, he nodded his head to taunt the crowd.

    "That's Nick Van Exel, he does that," Warriors guard Jason Richardson said. "He's the guy who likes revenge."

    Montgomery took over the Warriors after 18 successful seasons at Stanford, and this game marked the start of the latest Chris Mullin era. Mullin, who spent 13 of his 16 NBA seasons with Golden State, is the team's new executive vice president of basketball operations and insists this club has the talent to end a 10-year playoff drought.

    Portland scored seven unanswered points to start the final period. Van Exel did all his damage in 23 minutes, shooting 8-for-16. He also had five rebounds and four assists.

    Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks stressed the importance of winning on the road early in the year after going 16-25 away from the Rose Garden last season.

    "Anxiety is there, particularly on the road," Cheeks said. "It's big for us."

    Richardson and Murphy shot a combined 4-for-17 in the first half, two days after both received six-year contract extensions from the Warriors -- Richardson for $70 million and Murphy for $58 million. Richardson was held to 11 points.

    The game's opening minutes were ugly for Golden State.

    The team started 1-for-9 from the floor, Dunleavy shot an airball, a jumper by Richardson clanged off the front of the rim and Golden State committed three turnovers. The Warriors responded with a 23-point second quarter to take a 39-37 halftime lead.

    Murphy missed his first five free throws.

    Game notes

    Blazers C Joel Przybilla will miss about 10 days with a sore arch in his left foot. ... Portland has won 13 of the last 19 against Golden State in Oakland. ... The Warriors fell to 15-28 in season openers since moving to the West Coast. ... The game drew 15,351. ... Notorious Warriors fan Mark Anthony Jones, a season ticket holder the last nine seasons who is well known around the NBA for his heckling, finally renewed his seats for a 10th year last week. He had considered taking his money elsewhere when the team missed the playoffs again. "I'll give it a shot and see what happens," he said. "I'll give Mullin at least one year."

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 75
    FGM-FGA 32-75 (.427) 31-81 (.383)
    3PM-3PA 5-15 (.333) 2-10 (.200)
    FTM-FTA 9-16 (.563) 11-20 (.550)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-49 13-45
    Assists 21 24
    Turnovers 16 13
    Steals 6 5
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 4 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 18 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Shareef Abdur-Rahim Abdur-Rahim
    Points: 18
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Mike Dunleavy Dunleavy
    Points: 17
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0