Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 3)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Friday, November 5th
Game 2: Friday, April 1st
Game 3: Wednesday, April 20th

Jazz 89

(26-56, 8-33 away)

Warriors 106

(34-48, 20-21 home)

    Coverage: TBS

    7:30 PM ET, April 20, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    UTAH 21 13 27 2889
    GS 32 24 24 26106

    Top Performers

    Utah: M. Harpring 22 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Golden State: B. Davis 23 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    Baron's 23 points and 9 dimes pace Golden State

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- A postgame fight in the stands for someone's shoe -- now that's the kind of enthusiasm rarely seen around a Warriors' season finale.

    "In the past, they might have thrown it back out at us," Golden State guard Jason Richardson said.

    Baron Davis had 23 points and nine assists as the Warriors took a season series from the Utah Jazz for the first time in 11 years with a 106-89 win Wednesday night in the final game for both teams.

    Mike Dunleavy added 18 points and eight rebounds and Richardson had 18 points and seven boards as four starters reached double digits for the playoff-starved Warriors, who headed into another offseason on a high note for a change.

    Golden State won for the 11th time in 14 games and 14th in 18, having averaged 115.9 points over its previous eight games -- and the Warriors did it once again before an adoring crowd that has stuck by this club despite a playoff drought of more than a decade.

    Richardson punctuated the blowout with a pretty uncontested 360-degree, one-handed dunk with 1:18 left, then Davis came down and hit a 3 from the top of the arc.

    "That was a nice little exclamation point," Richardson said. "Fan appreciation night."

    The Warriors won a season series from the Jazz for the first time since taking three of four in 1993-94, the last time Golden State reached the playoffs. The Warriors' run without a postseason berth is the longest current streak in the league.

    The players received a lengthy standing ovation following the final buzzer, then tossed jerseys, wristbands, shirts -- and even shoes -- into the stands.

    "This is not a time to throw a parade and take the summer off," Chris Mullin, the Warriors' executive vice president of basketball operations, said during halftime. "That's not where we're at."

    The Warriors made six of their 10 3-pointers in the first quarter to build a healthy lead, and the Jazz seemed more determined just to get things over with than be competitive. They pulled within eight in the fourth quarter, but couldn't get closer after trailing by as many as 28.

    Matt Harpring had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Mehmet Okur added 16 points and six rebounds for the cold-shooting Jazz, who ended the franchise's worst season in 22 years with another embarrassing defeat and 17 turnovers.

    "I'm concerned about the players who haven't been to the playoffs," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said. "They get used to losing, they accept losing, and 10 years from now it'll verify who's interested in winning and who's interested in just playing basketball to make good numbers."

    Utah (26-56) finished with a losing record for the first time since 1982-83, when it went 30-52. And the Jazz, who were 8-33 away from the Delta Center, lost for the 19th time in their final 24 games.

    "Sometimes we were a victim of selfish play," said Utah center Jarron Collins, who played for Warriors coach Mike Montgomery at Stanford. "At some point, we stopped playing team basketball."

    The Warriors went 34-48 in Montgomery's first season, but finished 18-10 since acquiring the All-Star point guard Davis at the trading deadline -- with eight of those victories against playoff teams.

    "I love you, Davis!" one fan hollered as he shot free throws in the fourth quarter, certainly echoing the sentiment of many others.

    "It wasn't me," Davis said of the team's recent success. "People want to give me all the credit, but it was the fact that everybody on this team is humbled and the way we did it, we played as a team from the beginning."

    Game notes

    Jazz C Curtis Borchardt missed his fifth straight game with right knee tendinitis. ... Sloan reiterated before the game he hasn't yet made up his mind whether he will retire after the season. He plans to spend time thinking it over in the coming weeks. ... Warriors F/C Zarko Cabarkapa didn't play for the second straight game because of an allergic reaction. ... With the 16,804 fans Wednesday, the Warriors established a new single-season attendance record by averaging 16,350 per game. This is the fifth straight year Golden State has increased its attendance. ... The Warriors averaged 105.4 points per game since Davis came aboard. ... Harpring had his sixth double-double. ... Golden State went 18-9 in March and April.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 89 106
    FGM-FGA 32-84 (.381) 34-75 (.453)
    3PM-3PA 2-12 (.167) 10-26 (.385)
    FTM-FTA 23-39 (.590) 28-38 (.737)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 25-53 13-47
    Assists 21 21
    Turnovers 17 16
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 12 22
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 26 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 0 28

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Matt Harpring Harpring
    Points: 22
    Reb: 10
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 23
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0