Regular Season Series (Game 4 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

Warriors 104

(23-44, 11-25 away)

Kings 94

(41-27, 24-10 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    6:00 PM ET, March 20, 2005

    Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 25 26 29 24104
    SAC 27 24 21 2294

    Top Performers

    GS: T. Murphy 29 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Sac: M. Bibby 24 Pts, 3 Reb, 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Warriors take season series for first time since '93-94

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Playing at Arco Arena has been in huge problem for Golden State in recent years. This season, the Warriors have found success in Sacramento.

    Troy Murphy scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds Sunday night and the Warriors won their third straight game, a 104-94 win over the Kings.

    After losing 11 straight games at Arco Arena entering this season, Golden State has won two straight there and took the season series from the Kings, 3-1. It was the Warriors first series win over the Kings since 1993-94.

    "It's a rivalry for us right now, although they might not think so," Murphy said. "This is a tough place to win and now we've won two in a row."

    And the Warriors did it Sunday without leading scorer Jason Richardson, who traveled to Michigan for personal reason.

    Richardson, who averaged 34.3 points in three earlier games against Sacramento, had 40 points and 10 rebounds Thursday in Golden State's home win over the Kings.

    "They didn't have some of there key guys as far as Jason Richardson and all that," said Kenny Thomas, who had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Kings. "They were knocking down shots. I don't know what they shot from the field, but it seemed like everything they put up was going in. We couldn't get a stop to get over the hump."

    Sacramento pulled to within four points on two occasions late in the game.

    But Zarko Carbarkapa scored on a runner in the lane for a 99-93 lead and the Kings never got any closer.

    Carbarkapa had 17 points and Baron Davis had 13 points and eight assists for the Warriors. Derek Fisher and Mike Dunleavy both scored 13 points. Andris Biedrins added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

    "The guys off the bench really made the difference tonight," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "It's hard to know what they're going to do right now so it was fun to see how well they played tonight."

    Mike Bibby scored 24 points and had eight assists for the Kings before he was ejected in the game's final minute. Darius Songaila had 15 points and nine rebounds and Maurice Evans added 15 points and eight rebounds.

    The loss denied King coach Rick Adelman his 700th career victory. He's trying to become the 15th NBA coach to reach that mark.

    With little resistance defensively, the Warriors scored repeatedly on dunks and layups in outscoring the Kings 29-21 in the third quarter, pulling away for an 80-72 lead.

    "They have Baron Davis and they may be better than some of the teams going to the playoffs the way they are playing right now," Adelman said. "They have a lot of big guys who are active who can shoot and a lot of nice pieces overall."

    It didn't help the Kings when they lost the inside presence Brian Skinner in the third quarter with sprained thumbs.

    Getting a rare start, Evans went 4-for-4 from the field and made all four free throws in the first half. Murphy had three 3-pointers and 15 points, and the game was tied at 51 after two quarters.

    "We're confident going into every game, feeling like we can win whether it's home or away," Davis said.

    Game notes

    Adonal Foyle was suffering from the flu and did not make the trip for Golden State, which had only nine available players. A hairline fracture in his left toe kept Kings guard Cuttino Mobley from suiting up and team.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 104 94
    FGM-FGA 38-85 (.447) 35-88 (.398)
    3PM-3PA 10-34 (.294) 2-16 (.125)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 22-27 (.815)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-50 15-41
    Assists 23 16
    Turnovers 12 10
    Steals 6 8
    Blocks 5 3
    Fast Break Points 9 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (2/0) 18 (2/1)
    Largest Lead 12 5

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Troy Murphy Murphy
    Points: 29
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Mike Bibby Bibby
    Points: 24
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1