Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/3

Game 1: Friday, December 3rd
Warriors88Final
Lakers97
Game 2: Saturday, January 15th
Lakers104Final
Warriors102
Game 3: Friday, January 21st
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Lakers105
Game 4: Monday, April 18th
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Warriors126

Lakers 99

(34-47, 12-28 away)

Warriors 126

(33-48, 19-21 home)

    Coverage: FSBAY

    7:30 PM ET, April 18, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAL 26 25 26 2299
    GS 33 29 36 28126

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: J. Jones 18 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl

    Golden State: B. Davis 24 Pts, 1 Reb, 13 Ast, 3 Stl

    37-8 second-half run breaks it open for G-State

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Richardson used to hate it when Lakers fans outnumbered those for Golden State in the Warriors' home arena. It happened with other teams, too -- Boston, New York and Sacramento.

    Slowly, with each impressive win, the fans are starting to believe again in professional basketball in Oakland.

    Baron Davis had 24 points and 13 assists and Golden State sent Los Angeles to its fifth straight defeat with one of the Warriors' biggest victories over the Lakers, 126-99 on Monday night.

    "We're changing a lot of heads. We're changing a lot of minds. We're changing a lot of hearts to be Warriors fans," Richardson said. "In the past that bothered me a lot. I didn't like that 65 percent of the fans were for the Lakers or Sacramento."

    Here's how bad things were for the Lakers: The loss assured them of finishing with a worse record than the Los Angeles Clippers for the first time since 1993 -- a humiliating statistic that shows just how far this franchise has fallen. And Los Angeles was outscored 42-7 during an 11-minute span in the second half.

    Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, finishing three shy of becoming the 15th player to reach 14,000 points. He will almost certainly become the youngest to do it Wednesday at Portland. Bryant would be 26 years and 240 days, while Michael Jordan reached 14,000 at 27 years, 68 days.

    Bryant had six rebounds and five assists but also committed six turnovers.

    "It's been a tough experience, a humbling experience, but it's character-building," Bryant said.

    Mickael Pietrus scored 25 points, Troy Murphy added 19 points, nine rebounds and a season-high six assists and Jason Richardson had 17 points for the Warriors, who won for the first time in four meetings this season against the Lakers.

    "They couldn't sweep us, that was the main thing," Warriors forward Mike Dunleavy said.

    Jumaine Jones had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, hitting four 3-pointers.

    "It's embarrassing, man," Jones said. "I can't speak for anybody else, but I was embarrassed. We weren't guarding anybody. What do you expect when you're shooting all jumpers and not guarding anybody? You should expect you'll be down by 40."

    Los Angeles will miss the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94. That's nothing compared to Golden State's drought, which will reach 11 seasons -- the longest current streak in the NBA. The last time the Warriors made the playoffs was the last time the Lakers missed.

    But with the addition of the pesky Davis, there is reason for optimism again among Warriors fans who, after years of painfully watching other clubs in the postseason, have turned somewhat cynical about the chances of their NBA team.

    Since Davis arrived at the trading deadline, the Coliseum has been rocking most nights. Golden State drew 20,054 fans Monday, its fourth sellout of the season.

    The previous two games between these teams were decided by a total of six points. And Los Angeles won the first meeting by nine.

    "It was just a game," Davis said. "There ain't no subliminal messages."

    The Lakers trailed by as many as 40 points, their largest deficit this season, and lost for the 10th time in 11 games and 18th in 20. It's hard to believe this team played for the NBA title less than a year ago.

    Even Bryant, booed each time he touched the ball, seemed uncomfortable. He forced shots at times and never found his rhythm with Richardson guarding him much of the night. He pulled his uniform over his mouth late in the third quarter and yelled an obscenity at the officials, immediately receiving a technical.

    The Lakers used a 9-2 run midway through the third to get back within 72-69, with Bryant's driving basket at 5:29 capping the run.

    The Lakers played without forward Caron Butler and center Vlade Divac. Butler flew home to Southern California after his 1-year-old daughter, Mia, had an asthma attack.

    Butler took the same flight as Divac, suspended earlier in the day for the final two games after he floored Dallas Mavericks center Shawn Bradley with an elbow to the jaw early in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 114-112 loss.

    It's unclear whether Butler will be back for Wednesday's season finale against Portland.

    The Warriors' biggest win over the Lakers was by 39, 132-93 on Nov. 11, 1966.

    Game notes


    Lakers F Lamar Odom will have arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be ready before training camp in the fall. ... Golden State G Derek Fisher donated $700,000 to Arkansas-Little Rock, and a new auxiliary gym on the campus of his alma mater will carry his last name. Fisher presented a giant check to the school's athletic director, Chris Peterson, before the game. ... Warriors F/C Zarko Cabarkapa did not dress because of a rash. ... The Warriors had a season-high 35 assists.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAL
    GS
    Points 99 126
    FGM-FGA 38-102 (.373) 46-89 (.517)
    3PM-3PA 10-30 (.333) 15-36 (.417)
    FTM-FTA 13-19 (.684) 19-26 (.731)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 25-54 13-49
    Assists 24 35
    Turnovers 15 14
    Steals 10 8
    Blocks 1 5
    Fast Break Points 16 23
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 3 40

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Golden State
    Jumaine Jones Jones
    Points: 18
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 5
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 24
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0