Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Warriors 117

(15-38, 5-21 away)

SuperSonics 110

(35-15, 19-8 home)

6:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

Key Arena, Seattle, WA

1 2 3 4 T
GS 26 26 37 28117
SEA 31 27 21 31110

Top Performers

Golden State: J. Richardson 30 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast, 4 Stl

Seattle: R. Allen 26 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Richardson has 30; Fisher drains five 3s

SEATTLE (AP) -- Not everything has gone wrong for Golden State coach Mike Montgomery in his first season in the NBA. Take Wednesday night for example.

"I'm really happy that these guys have stuck together and they've believed in each other," Montgomery said after a rare Warriors victory, 117-110 over the Seattle SuperSonics.

"Certainly we've all made some mistakes that sometimes would allow guys to kind of separate and start pointing fingers," he said. "We haven't done that even though our record's not very good."

Jason Richardson scored 30 points and Derek Fisher had 21, including five 3-pointers, to help the Warriors break a three-game losing streak and go into the All-Star break with a 15-38 record.

Montgomery, who enjoyed a 30-2 record in the last of his 18 seasons at Stanford, has had to endure losing streaks of nine, six and six games this season.

He's optimistic about the Warriors' future, though.

"I just feel like they're starting to grow as a team and they're starting to grow as a group," Montgomery said. "They're not getting down on each other when they start making mistakes. I think that augurs well down the road."

Richardson, Golden State's terrific 6-foot-6 fourth-year forward, easily outplayed Seattle All-Stars Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis, who had 26 and 17 points, respectively. In 40 minutes, he shot 12-for-23, including three 3-pointers, and had seven rebounds and five assists.

"I think I'm very close," Richardson said when asked about his own All-Star aspirations. "If I find a way to help the team win more games, I think I'll be an All-Star."

Latrell Sprewell was the Warriors' last All-Star in the 1996-97 season.

Dale Davis had a season-high 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench and Speedy Claxton added 17 points and 11 assists for Golden State.

The Sonics lost their second straight home game, but still finished with a 10½-game lead in the Northwest Division at the All-Star break at 35-16.

Allen had only four points in the second half on 2-for-8 shooting. Headed to his fifth All-Star game, Allen took the blame for the loss.

"I was trying to find a way to get back into it, but I couldn't get back into it," he said.

Antonio Daniels had 19 points, while Nick Collison had career highs of 16 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for Seattle.

With 37 points -- 14 by Richardson, and including seven 3-pointers -- the Warriors tied their highest scoring quarter of the season in the third period. An alley-oop dunk by Davis on a pass from Claxton with 3:11 gone in the period gave the Warriors a 65-62 lead and ignited the team's bench.

"Speedy just kind of threw it up there for me," said Davis, 35, in his 14th NBA season. "Not bad for an old man."

Nate McMillan, Seattle's coach, said the Warriors won the game with that prolific third period.

"You can't give up 37 points in a quarter," he said. "Defensively, you're not out there."

Golden State led by as many as 12 points in the quarter, and was ahead 89-79 at the end of the third period.

In the final quarter, the Warriors stayed in front of the Sonics, who climbed to within 110-106 on a 3-pointer by Antonio Daniels with 44.6 seconds left. Richardson hit a 12-footer with 24.4 seconds to go to put Golden State ahead 112-106.

The Sonics held a 58-52 lead in the first half and led by as many as 12 points.< ^Notes: The Sonics did not have forward Danny Fortson for the third straight game. Fortson, a key bench player for Seattle, missed the game because he flew to Pittsburgh to be with his ill grandmother. He was scheduled to return against Golden State after a two-game suspension for throwing a chair against Sacramento last Thursday night.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
SEA
Points 117 110
FGM-FGA 46-87 (.529) 39-79 (.494)
3PM-3PA 11-21 (.524) 4-16 (.250)
FTM-FTA 14-22 (.636) 28-36 (.778)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 11-41
Assists 28 17
Turnovers 11 11
Steals 5 9
Blocks 2 7
Fast Break Points 18 9
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 12

Top Performers

Golden State
Seattle
Jason Richardson Richardson
Points: 30
Reb: 7
Ast: 5
Stl: 4
Blk: 0
Ray Allen Allen
Points: 26
Reb: 5
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 0