OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- With ease, Baron Davis tossed the ball to
the open man and the Golden State Warriors scored easy baskets.
They just didn't do that consistently.
Davis had 17 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and three steals,
and Mike Dunleavy scored 30 points, providing a preview of Golden
State's talented offense in a 108-96 exhibition victory over the
Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.
Dunleavy, whose contract expires after this season, scored 16
points in the first quarter and finished 10-for-14 from the field --
including 5-of-3 from 3-point range -- and made all five of his free
throws. Jason Richardson added 18 points and five rebounds for the
"I think everybody is still getting in the rhythm," Dunleavy
said. "It's still only four preseason games. We're getting there,
and we have an idea of the team we are and the team we want to
Shawn Marion had 20 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots
and Steve Nash had 10 assists for the Suns, who split their four
games with the Warriors last season.
Backup Golden State point guard Derek Fisher dislocated his
right middle finger with 11:25 left in the second quarter and did
not return. He was scheduled to be re-evaluated Thursday.
The Warriors are optimistic of finally ending the league's
longest playoff drought at 11 years. They believe that with Davis
leading the way all season and having most of their roster
returning from a squad that showed promise late last season, they
will be able to contend for a playoff spot. Golden State hasn't
been to the postseason since 1994.
Phoenix rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit and used a
late 25-2 run for a 53-49 halftime lead. Then the Warriors went on
a 20-4 spurt in the third quarter to take control.
"They are going to be very good in the Pacific (Division) and
we're going to have to tighten our defense up and make some shots
to win against a team like this on their home court," Phoenix
coach Mike D'Antoni said.
After dealing for Davis at the trading deadline last February,
Golden State went 18-10, beat eight playoff teams and won 14 of its
final 18 games. And the Oakland Arena was rocking again.
Consistency is the biggest issue for Golden State.
"The second quarter was a disaster," second-year Warriors
coach Mike Montgomery said. "We've got to be able to play more
than one style. But we've got to play that (up-tempo) style. That's
how we're best."
While the Warriors are still figuring out their timing, Davis
provided a glimpse of the high-energy style Golden State hopes to
play: He made a between-the-legs pass to Zarko Cabarkapa for a
layin midway through the second quarter that drew gasps from a
franchise-record exhibition crowd of 17,323. Later, Davis hit
Dunleavy with a snazzy pass for an easy hoop.
Davis, limited to shooting drills Tuesday to rest his body,
wore a brace over his right shoulder to keep it loose and warm. ...
The Warriors held a moment of silence before the game in honor of
longtime Bay Area radio voice Bill King, who died Tuesday at age 78
from complications following hip surgery. King, whose picture was
shown on the main scoreboard, was the Warriors' first broadcaster
when they moved from Philadelphia following the 1961-62 season. He
had been calling Oakland A's games since 1981. ... Suns F-C Brian
Grant fouled out with 5:14 left in the third.