OAKLAND, Calif., April 3 (Ticker) -- Jason Richardson
and Mike Dunleavy Jr.
prevented the Seattle SuperSonics from celebrating
a division title.
Richardson scored 22 points and Dunleavy added 13 of his 19 in
the fourth quarter as the Golden State Warriors extended their
winning streak to a season-best five games with a 101-92 victory
over the SuperSonics.
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Seattle (50-23) would have claimed the inaugural Northwest
Division title and the team's first division crown in seven
seasons with a victory.
"We're definitely trying to clinch that title so we're still
working on that," said Sonics guard Ronald Murray
, who scored
nine of his 13 points in the second quarter. "We took one
(loss) tonight but we still have a couple of more games left so
we still have a chance to do it."
Winners of eight of of their last nine games, the Warriors never
were headed after the 2:42 mark of the first quarter. Golden
State led, 50-41, at halftime behind 16 points from Richardson.
Seattle got as close as six points on two occasions in the
latter stages of the fourth quarter before Dunleavy connected on
three baskets from the arc to seal the victory.
"That's key and I think we've been doing a really good job on
the road of beating teams and closing them out," Dunleavy said.
"We haven't done so well at home, but tonight we did and it
just felt good in front of the home crowd to have an exciting
win like this."
"We know that," Sonics coach Nate McMillan
said. "We didn't
play well enough to win this game. You do the things you've
been doing all season long. They've done that and won games
doing that so it's one game we didn't play well. We didn't play
together. Defensively, we didn't do a good job."
, whose acquisition at the trading deadline has been
the catalyst for the Warriors' resurgence, collected 19 points
and nine assists.
"We're going to do everything in our power to make us playoff
material next year," Davis said. "We're not looking at our
record. Every time we step out on that floor, we want to win,
and that's the attitude that you have to develop in order to get
to that next step."
Golden State has been a thorn in the side of playoff teams it
has faced during its resurgence, posting victories over Phoenix,
Sacramento, Philadelphia and Washington.
"That's our goal, to spoil everybody for the rest of the
season," Richardson said. "Teams that are in the playoff race
that are fighting for positions, we're going to go out there and
mess positions up, so this is one more victory or, I like to
say, a trophy that spoils somebody's opportunity to win
"At this point in the season, no matter how many we win the rest
of the way, we're not going to the playoffs," Warriors coach
said. "Right now, the guys are motivated by the
fact that they enjoy playing with one another, and proving to
some of these playoff teams that we can play at their level."
scored 27 points but made just 10-of-27 shots as the
SuperSonics shot 35 percent (30-of-87).
"We didn't play like we have been all year - sharing the ball
and getting the looks we get most of the time when we win," said
, who was 4-of-12 from the field. "(Today was) a lot
more 1-on-1 and it's not a fluid game."
"They made more shots than us," Murray said. "We had a lot of
open looks. We didn't knock down a lot of shots tonight."