Wednesday , Mar , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Golden State Warriors Team Report – March 3

=== Golden State Warriors Team Report – March 3 ===

(Sports Network) – The Golden State Warriors dropped their third straight
game on Tuesday, as they found themselves on the wrong end of a 96-88 decision
to the Eastern Conference-leading Indiana Pacers

Mike Dunleavy had 24 points and a career-best 20 rebounds for the Warriors,
who have dropped four of their last five. Jason Richardson added 19 points and
nine rebounds in the setback.

The Warriors were a dreadful 2-of-18 from three-point range.

Brian Cardinal’s two free throws early in the fourth quarter brought the
Warriors within six points, but Jonathan Bender’s basket with just under seven
minutes left gave the Pacers some breathing room and staked them to a 79-69
edge.

The Warriors stayed within six and 10 points throughout most of the final
quarter, but they pulled within 87-83 on a Richardson free throw with 1:19
remaining. After each team scored three points, the Pacers led 90-86 with 34
seconds left.

Fred Jones then drained two free throws with 29.7 seconds remaining for
Indiana. After Richardson missed a jumper, Bender sealed the win with a layup.

On the injury front, forward Troy Murphy will try to practice Wednesday for
the first time since early January, according to the Contra Costa Times.
However, he still has no timetable for a return from his ankle injury.

Golden State will return to action on Friday against the New Jersey Nets.

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