OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 19 (Ticker) -- Mike Dunleavy
appears to be
primed for a breakout season.
Dunleavy scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the
Golden State Warriors recorded a 108-96 preseason triumph over
the Phoenix Suns.
The third overall pick in the 2002 draft, Dunleavy spent the
last three seasons trying to break into the Warriors' lineup on
a consistent basis. The 6-9, 206-pound forward has averaged
just 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds while playing an average of
only 26 minutes over his inaugural three campaigns.
After averaging 10 points through Golden State's first three
games of the preseason, Dunleavy finally broke through Wednesday
in impressive fashion, making 10-of-14 shots, including 5-of-8
from the arc.
The 25-year-old Dunleavy scored 16 points in the first quarter
and added 12 in the third, when the Warriors outscored the Suns,
41-13, to put away the game.
added 18 points and Baron Davis
, who is
expected to combine with Richardson to form one of the league's
most potent backcourt duos, added 17 points, 11 assists and six
rebounds for Golden State.
led the Suns with 20 points on 10-of-20 shooting.
He added 11 rebounds, two steals and a pair of blocks in 31
minutes. Reigning MVP Steve Nash
chipped in nine points and 10
assists for Phoenix, which made just 8-of-31 shots from the arc
and committed 17 turnovers.