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NBA FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL --- --- --- --- ----- MEMPHIS 26 16 19 23 84 GOLDEN STATE 31 24 23 15 93 FINAL

HIGH SCORERS: MEM - JASON WILLIAMS 18, STROMILE SWIFT 16, SHANE BATTIER 14 GSW - ANTAWN JAMISON 20, DANNY FORTSON 17, LARRY HUGHES 16

HIGH REBOUND: MEM - STROMILE SWIFT 10, PAU GASOL 7 GSW - DANNY FORTSON 15, ANTAWN JAMISON 8

HIGH ASSISTS: MEM - BREVIN KNIGHT 6, JASON WILLIAMS 4 GSW - LARRY HUGHES 6, FOUR PLAYERS WITH 3

ATT: 11,537


Extended Box

MEMPHIS (84) AT GOLDEN STATE (93)

MEMPHIS REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

GASOL F 27 4-11 2-2 4 3 7 2 3 0 3 10 LONG F 27 2-5 2-4 1 1 2 2 2 4 2 6 AUSTIN C 21 0-4 2-2 0 4 4 0 4 0 0 2 BATTIER G 32 6-11 1-2 1 3 4 1 6 0 1 14 WILLIAMS G 31 7-20 0-0 1 1 2 4 0 2 3 18 SWIFT 35 8-10 0-0 3 7 10 1 4 0 3 16 KNIGHT 18 1-3 0-0 0 3 3 6 2 0 3 2 BUFORD 20 2-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 MASSENBURG 12 1-2 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 SOLOMON 17 3-11 0-0 0 0 0 1 4 1 0 8 ANDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION FOTSIS DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 34-83 8-12 10 24 34 17 27 7 16 84 (.410) (.667) TEAM REBS: 7 TOTAL TO: 16(19 PTS)

GOLDEN STATE REBOUNDS PLAYER POS MIN FGM-FGA FTM-FTA OFF-DEF-TOT AST PF ST TO PTS ====== === === ======= ======= =========== === == == == ===

FORTSON F 34 5-8 7-9 4 11 15 3 2 1 2 17 JAMISON F 37 10-18 0-1 3 5 8 2 3 1 3 20 DAMPIER C 30 4-9 2-5 1 6 7 3 2 0 1 10 RICHARDSON G 33 5-11 2-4 2 1 3 3 3 2 4 13 HUGHES G 32 7-15 2-4 1 4 5 6 1 3 3 16 MILLS 21 3-7 0-0 3 2 5 0 1 0 2 7 SURA 15 0-2 2-2 0 1 1 1 3 2 3 2 MURPHY 22 2-3 1-1 1 5 6 1 3 1 2 5 BLAYLOCK 16 1-4 0-0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 FOYLE DNP - COACH'S DECISION HENDERSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION JACKSON DNP - COACH'S DECISION

TOTALS 240 37-77 16-26 15 35 50 22 18 10 20 93 (.481) (.615) TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 22(27 PTS)

MEMPHIS 26 16 19 23 - 84 GOLDEN STATE 31 24 23 15 - 93

BLOCKED SHOTS: MEMPHIS - BATTIER, SWIFT, BUFORD, SOLOMON. GOLDEN STATE - DAMPIER 2, MILLS. 3-PT. FIELD GOALS: MEMPHIS 8-21 (.381), BATTIER 1-1, WILLIAMS 4-10, SWIFT 0-1, BUFORD 1-2, SOLOMON 2-7. GOLDEN STATE 3-11 (.273), JAMISON 0-4, RICHARDSON 1-2, HUGHES 0-1, MILLS 1-3, BLAYLOCK 1-1. TECHNICALS: GOLDEN STATE - DEFENSIVE THREE. OFFICIALS: JESS KERSEY, STEVE JAVIE, COURTNEY KIRKLAND. A - 11,537. T - 2:08.


Box Score

MEMPHIS (84) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Gasol 27 4-11 2-2 4-7 2 3 10 Long 27 2-5 2-4 1-2 2 2 6 Austin 21 0-4 2-2 0-4 0 4 2 Battier 32 6-11 1-2 1-4 1 6 14 Williams 31 7-20 0-0 1-2 4 0 18 Swift 35 8-10 0-0 3-10 1 4 16 Knight 18 1-3 0-0 0-3 6 2 2 Buford 20 2-6 1-2 0-0 0 1 6 Massenburg 12 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 2 Solomon 17 3-11 0-0 0-0 1 4 8 Anderson DNP - coach's decision Fotsis DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 34-83 8-12 10-34 17 27 84 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.410, FT-.667. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Battier 1-1, Williams 4-10, Swift 0-1, Buford 1-2, Solomon 2-7). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Battier, Swift, Buford, Solomon). Turnovers: 16 (Gasol 3, Knight 3, Swift 3, Williams 3, Long 2, Battier, Buford). Steals: 7 (Long 4, Williams 2, Solomon).

GOLDEN STATE (93) fg ft rb min m-a m-a o-t a pf tp Fortson 34 5-8 7-9 4-15 3 2 17 Jamison 37 10-18 0-1 3-8 2 3 20 Dampier 30 4-9 2-5 1-7 3 2 10 Richardson 33 5-11 2-4 2-3 3 3 13 Hughes 32 7-15 2-4 1-5 6 1 16 Mills 21 3-7 0-0 3-5 0 1 7 Sura 15 0-2 2-2 0-1 1 3 2 Murphy 22 2-3 1-1 1-6 1 3 5 Blaylock 16 1-4 0-0 0-0 3 0 3 Foyle DNP - coach's decision Henderson DNP - coach's decision Jackson DNP - coach's decision _______________________________________________ TOTALS 240 37-77 16-26 15-50 22 18 93 _______________________________________________

Percentages: FG-.481, FT-.615. 3-Point Goals: 3-11, .273 (Jamison 0-4, Richardson 1-2, Hughes 0-1, Mills 1-3, Blaylock 1-1). Team rebounds: 12. Blocked shots: 3 (Dampier 2, Mills). Turnovers: 22 (Richardson 4, Hughes 3, Jamison 3, Sura 3, Fortson 2, Mills 2, Murphy 2, Dampier). Steals: 10 (Hughes 3, Richardson 2, Sura 2, Fortson, Jamison, Murphy). ____________________________________________ Memphis 26 16 19 23 - 84 Golden State 31 24 23 15 - 93 ____________________________________________ Technical fouls: Golden State 1 (Defensive Three, 1:09 2nd). Flagrant fouls: None. A: 11,537. T: 2:08. Officials: Jess Kersey, Steve Javie, Courtney Kirkland.


Game Story

OAKLAND, California (Ticker) -- If the Golden State Warriors had routinely pulled out wins in ugly contests like this one, maybe Dave Cowens would still be their coach.

Hours after Cowens was fired and replaced by assistant Brian Winters, the Warriors snapped a four-game losing streak by holding on for a 93-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Cowens' firing came one day after he threw guard Mookie Blaylock out of practice. He accumulated a 25-80 record in one-plus seasons with the team and had 1 1/2 years left on his contract.

"You have to have a pulse of the team and feel how it's going with the players in (the locker room)," Warriors GM Garry St. Jean said before the game. "It wasn't at the level it needs to be to be successful in this league."

On an interim basis, Winters became the team's seventh coach since 1995, the last year the team made the playoffs. He was 23-102 with the Vancouver Grizzlies before he was fired midway through the 1996-97 season, his second.

"When you slide over those 18 inches, the world changes," Winters said. "It feels good, you make the substitutions, you call the plays and try to encourage the guys."

The Warriors responded as Antawn Jamison had 20 points and eight rebounds and Danny Fortson added 17 and 15. Golden State, which had lost eight of its last nine games, had all five starters score in double figures.

"The rotation was good tonight," Warriors forward Chris Mills said. "Everybody came in and got a chance and worked hard and wanted to work hard for coach. It was just a good feeling. I felt that guys were out there relaxed and we just have to roll from here."

Golden State led nearly the entire game but had 22 turnovers, shot just 27 percent from the arc and had difficulty putting away the Grizzlies despite entering the fourth quarter with a 78-61 lead.

"Turnovers are what's killing us," Mills said. "You play a much better team than the Grizzlies and they will have a chance to come back and win the game. We definitely have to take care of the ball."

Memphis rookie Will Solomon scored the first eight points of the period to cut the deficit to 78-69. Fortson hit a pair of free throws with 7:24 left to stop that run and begin a 10-2 burst that was capped by a spectacular alley-oop reverse dunk by rookie Jason Richardson off a feed from Larry Hughes with 4:03 left.

Golden State led by at least eight points thereafter.

"You always enjoy playing when you're winning," said Hughes, who scored 16 points and had six assists and five rebounds. "All the guys like each other, so when we play well and we get a chance to get everyone involved, we enjoy doing that. I think a lot of guys were enjoying themselves."

Jason Williams scored 18 points and Stromile Swift added 16 and 10 rebounds for Memphis, which has lost three in a row and five of six.

"We didn't take the best quality shots tonight," said rookie Shane Battier, who scored 14 points for Memphis before fouling out with 30 seconds left. "We played a good defensive team but we still need to focus on ourselves. It's easy to make shots when you're down by 15-20 points, but we scrapped and made a run. It just wasn't enough."

Golden State outrebounded Memphis, 50-36, and held the Grizzlies to 41 percent (34-of-83) from the floor.

"It was the same thing tonight," Memphis coach Sidney Lowe said. "We got beat on the boards and didn't shoot the ball well. We missed wide-open shots. We have to be more patient on offense."

Golden State shot 48 percent (37-of-77), its best effort since converting 49 percent vs. New Jersey on November 25.

"Since it was such short notice, I basically told them two things," Winters said. "We need to get back to feeling good about ourselves and play with some energy. I thought for the most part we did that. We got a little sloppy in the end, but for the most part the guys gave a great effort and they tried to do the right thing."

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