Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/26

Game 1: Sunday, December 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
Game 3: Thursday, March 17th
Game 4: Sunday, March 20th

Kings 97

(40-26, 16-17 away)

Warriors 100

(21-44, 12-19 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 17, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    SAC 23 25 31 1897
    GS 34 23 23 20100

    Top Performers

    Sac: C. Mobley 28 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 3 Blk

    GS: J. Richardson 40 Pts, 10 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sacramento is dealt fourth straight road loss

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The dejected Sacramento Kings made a quick exit after another puzzling road loss, looking little like a confident team headed to the playoffs next month.

    Jason Richardson hit a long jumper with 27.1 seconds left and finished with 40 points, and the Warriors sent the Kings to their fourth straight road loss with a 100-97 victory Thursday night.

    "It was huge," Richardson said of his shot. "The coaches had confidence in me that I was going to knock that shot down, and when the opportunity came I knew I had to make it. It's like a rivalry of big brother against little brother. They're the winning team. We're the losing team. We're the underdogs."

    After Richardson's basket, the Kings missed four shots, including 3-point attempts by Mike Bibby and Peja Stojakovic just before the final buzzer. Coach Rick Adelman thought the Kings rushed things in the waning moments.

    "We had 11 seconds to go, and in that situation you have to get lucky a little bit," Stojakovic said. "I don't think we played a good overall game."

    Kenny Thomas rallied the Kings by scoring 12 of his 16 points in the final 10:39.

    Sacramento is still lacking consistency on both ends of the floor since the departure of Chris Webber and in the absence of starting center Brad Miller, out with a broken leg.

    The Warriors went more than 3 minutes without scoring before Troy Murphy made a 3-pointer with 3:17 to go. Baron Davis converted two free throws with 1:30 left, then Thomas made two free throws on the other end.

    The Warriors committed a shot-clock violation on their next possession with 54 seconds to go and Thomas swished an 8-foot baby hook shot at 40.7 to tie it at 97.

    Then Richardson came up big for his second 40-point game of the season.

    Davis had 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds for his first double-double with Golden State, and Derek Fisher added 10 points and four assists off the bench for the Warriors, who had lost four of six.

    Thomas finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks off the bench. He scored six straight points to pull the Kings to 92-91 with 5:29 left, then Brian Skinner's putback the next time down the floor gave Sacramento a brief lead.

    Cuttino Mobley had 28 points and nine rebounds and shot 6-for-7 from 3-point range, taking charge two days after saying he needed to do more in the offense. Stojakovic added 18 points and seven assists, Skinner 14 points and 11 rebounds and Bibby had 11 points, eight assists and three steals.

    After trailing by as many as 21 and getting outrebounded 27-18 in the first half, the Kings pulled to 80-79 heading into the fourth.

    The Kings looked out of sync on offense early, while giving up uncontested baskets on defense. They fell behind 46-27 midway through the second quarter after allowing back-to-back dunks by Andris Biedrins and Zarko Cabarkapa. Then Richardson made a pretty no-look, left-handed jumper from close range moments later to cap a 14-2 spurt.

    It's hard to silence Sacramento's large contingent of raucous fans who follow the team on the road, but Golden State's impressive start did just that.

    "There was a lot of energy," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "You're not going to sustain it the whole way, but it was nice. This was an important game for us."

    Since the addition of Davis at the trading deadline, there's an energy in this arena not felt for years, no matter that the club will miss the playoffs for the 11th straight season.

    "I think we're going to be tough to beat the rest of the season, especially for teams fighting for the playoffs," Golden State's Mike Dunleavy said. "We want to try and ruin a lot of those teams' chances. That's all we can really play for right now."

    Dunleavy started the game after missing Monday's loss to Houston with a sprained right ankle.

    The Warriors led 57-48 at halftime, but Mobley hit three straight 3-pointers as the Kings scored nine unanswered points to keep it close. And Bibby made two 3s in the final 34.6 seconds of the half.

    Game notes

    Adelman is two wins shy of 700 career victories. "I've been in great situations," he said. "When you get close to that, you want to do it as quickly as you can." The Kings play the Clippers in Los Angeles on Saturday, then face the Warriors again Sunday at Arco Arena. ... Golden State F Calbert Cheaney missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. ... There were only 20 free throws shot. ... The Warriors are 5-5 in March.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 97 100
    FGM-FGA 39-91 (.429) 40-90 (.444)
    3PM-3PA 13-24 (.542) 9-25 (.360)
    FTM-FTA 6-8 (.750) 11-12 (.917)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-43 17-51
    Assists 24 25
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 8 7
    Blocks 7 9
    Fast Break Points 20 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (1/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 21

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Cuttino Mobley Mobley
    Points: 28
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 3
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 40
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1