Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/19

Game 1: Wednesday, October 19th
Game 2: Thursday, October 27th

Suns 96

(2-2, 2-1 away)

Warriors 108

(3-2, 1-0 home)

    7:30 PM ET, October 19, 2005

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHX 24 29 13 3096
    GS 38 11 41 18108

    Davis' double-double, Dunleavy's 30 pace G-State

    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 Warriors.

    "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 be."

    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.

    Game notes

    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.

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