Warriors Roll to Season Sweep of Blazers
Golden State 93, Portland 79
OAKLAND, Calif., April 17 (Ticker) -- Mike Dunleavy, Jr. scored 20 points as the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the third quarter en route to a 93-79 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, who have lost seven consecutive games and 18 of their last 19.
By recording its first season sweep of the Blazers, the Warriors won their sixth straight in the series and pushed their overall winning streak to four games.
"We just wanted to go out on top," Dunleavy said. "We had some stretches where we had good wins. We need to do that the whole season. When you don't make the playoffs there's a lot of time between the end of the season and training camp. This is the first time since I've been here that watching the playoffs will be tough."
Dunleavy, who had 12 points - including two 3-pointers - during the surge, capped the spurt on a layup for a 72-47 advantage with 3:13 left in the frame. The Warriors cruised in the final period en route finishing the season with a 21-20 home record.
"Winning makes you feel a little better, but we're all still upset at the end of the season. We didn't get where we wanted to be, and where we were good enough to be. It's bittersweet," Dunleavy said.
Dunleavy made 7-of-14 shots and had three steals. Rookie Ike Diogu had 16 points and five rebounds and Troy Murphy added 10 and 11 for Golden State, which dominated on the boards, 47-28, and claimed a 17-8 advantage on the offensive glass.
"It wasn't the season that we had anticipated," Murphy said. "It was disappointing. Hopefully, we'll make the necessary changes over the offseason, come back next year and make it to the playoffs."
"It's time to get this thing over," Warriors coach Mike Montgomery said. "We have to re-evaluate and see where we go from here. We have a lot of young players and they need time to develop. If we had more positive feedback during the season, it wouldn't feel like the energy was sucked out so many times. We'd have more life."
Travis Outlaw scored 19 points and rookies Martell Webster and Jarrett Jack each chipped in 11 for the Blazers, who lost their 16th consecutive road game and finished with a 6-35 mark away from home.
"When you play like we did tonight and in those road games, you can't win a game," Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan said. "You have to really be together out on the road and we haven't shown that we're capable of doing that."
"It's tough. You try to clear your head of it when you're going into each game, but its something you can't escape," Jack said. "Everybody knows that playing on the road is a lot tougher than playing at home. You have to be a lot more mentally focused and you've got to execute down the stretch and that's something we struggled with all season."
Portland was without Zach Randolph, who was suspended for Monday's contest due to insubordination and conduct detrimental to the team. Randolph had missed the team photo shoot and left the arena during the game against Golden State on Saturday.