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