Final

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/7

Game 1: Tuesday, December 7th
Warriors104Final
Suns118
Game 2: Sunday, February 13th
Suns106Final
OT
Warriors102
Game 3: Friday, March 18th
Warriors110Final
Suns100
Game 4: Friday, April 8th
Suns119Final
Warriors127

Warriors 110

(22-44, 10-25 away)

Suns 100

(48-16, 23-9 home)

Coverage: FSBAY

7:00 PM ET, March 18, 2005

US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ

1 2 3 4 T
GS 31 23 28 28110
PHX 26 27 30 17100

Top Performers

Golden State: B. Davis 33 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Phoenix: S. Marion 28 Pts, 17 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 Stl, 1 Blk

Baron hits seven 3s in victory

PHOENIX (AP) -- Baron Davis sat in the Golden State Warriors' locker room soaking his right foot in an ice bucket. That was the only thing that could cool Davis off Friday night.

The Warriors' recently acquired point guard scored 33 points, including five during a decisive 12-0 run midway through the fourth quarter, sparking Golden State to a 110-100 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Davis, who has helped the Warriors to an 8-6 record since he was obtained from New Orleans last month, hit seven 3-pointers. That was more than the entire Phoenix team, which specializes in that shot. The Suns made only five 3-pointers.

"I started feeling it early and I tried to keep the momentum going," said Davis, a former All-Star. "We're just trying to have a strong finish."

Derek Fisher added 19 points for the Warriors, who got 41 points from their reserves to only 12 for the Suns.

"He's a great boost for our team," Fisher said of Davis. "He had a tough time in New Orleans. He didn't enjoy it there. He's enjoying it here.

"He's a guy who can score, who makes plays -- he can do everything we need out there. He's fun to play with. We're glad to have him."

Coach Mike Montgomery agreed.

"Obviously, Baron has helped us," he said. "He controls the game. He talks and guys have confidence in him that he's going to find them."

"He makes other people better," Al Attles, the Warriors vice president and assistant general manager said. "When he's healthy, he's up there with the best in the league. His teammates are rallying around him."

Jason Richardson had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Dunleavy scored 11 for the Warriors, who defeated an elite Western Conference team for the second straight night. They beat Sacramento 100-97 Thursday night at Oakland.

The game was close throughout, with 24 lead changes and 15 ties, before Mike Dunleavy's 3-pointer early in the fourth period gave the Warriors the lead for good, 91-90. They then scored the next nine points.

Amare Stoudemire led the Suns with 31 points and 10 rebounds, but failed to score in the final period, missing three shots. Shawn Marion had 28 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns, while Joe Johnson scored 15 points and Steve Nash had 12 points and 13 assists.

But for the second straight home game, the Suns were badly outscored in the final period, this time 28-17. In their previous game at America West Arena, Houston outscored them 41-17 in the fourth quarter en route to a 127-107 victory.

"We are getting in a bad habit at home," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We're getting in a comfort level and I don't know why we can't seem to win at home. We need to get out of our comfort level and play a little harder."

Stoudemire said the Suns "got careless."

"It's a team thing, and we have to want to get better, we have to put forth the effort, and that should cure it," he said.

The first half, which ended with Golden State leading 54-53, was a battle between the Warriors' guards and the Suns' two big scorers, Stoudemire and Marion.

Golden State's backcourt trio of Davis (17), Fisher (13) and Richardson (8) accounted for 38 points, while Marion (17) and Stoudemire (16) produced 33. Stoudemire's total included 10 consecutive points during a 2:24 span early in the second period.

However, the Warriors were beating the Suns at their own game, hitting seven 3-pointers in 16 attempts-- four by Davis and three by Fisher -- to only two of 11 for Phoenix. The Suns entered the game having connected on 586 3-pointers, the most in franchise history and tops in the league this season.

Stoudemire carried the Suns' offense in the third quarter, scoring 15 points on an assortment of dazzling inside shots, helping Phoenix take an 83-82 lead by the end of the period. Davis again carried the Golden State attack, scoring 11 points, including two more 3-pointers.

Game notes


The late Cotton Fitzsimmons, former Suns coach, executive and broadcaster, was enshrined into the team's Ring of Honor during halftime ceremonies. ... The Suns now embark on a five-games-in-seven-nights road trip. They are 25-7 away from home, best in the league. ... Marion's double-double was his 40th of the season, the second time in his career he has reached that total. ... Phoenix's Walter McCarty played only three minutes before leaving with back spasms. ... Golden State's Calbert Cheaney (sprained right ankle) and Phoenix's Jake Voskuhl (sprained left ankle) missed the game. ... The Suns have reached the 100-point mark in 17 straight games, the most in the NBA since the Seattle SuperSonics had 19 in a row in 1994-95. ... Zarko Cabarkapa played his first game against the Suns in Phoenix since being traded to Golden State on Jan. 3.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GS
PHX
Points 110 100
FGM-FGA 42-92 (.457) 35-85 (.412)
3PM-3PA 12-27 (.444) 5-23 (.217)
FTM-FTA 14-17 (.824) 25-29 (.862)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-51 12-41
Assists 15 24
Turnovers 13 13
Steals 10 9
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 9 21
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (2/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 12 5

Top Performers

Golden State
Phoenix
Baron Davis Davis
Points: 33
Reb: 8
Ast: 3
Stl: 4
Blk: 1
Shawn Marion Marion
Points: 28
Reb: 17
Ast: 2
Stl: 4
Blk: 1