OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 28 points, Jason Richardson added 23 and the Golden State Warriors sent the Philadelphia 76ers to their fourth straight defeat without Allen Iverson, 98-89 Sunday.
Troy Murphy had 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Warriors, who won their second straight after returning from a 1-4 trip that essentially finished off their faint playoff hopes. And they did it without injured Baron Davis, their own star point guard.
Iverson missed another game for the Sixers with a bruised right foot and sprained ankle. Philadelphia has lost all four, falling four games below .500 for the first time this season and allowing Chicago to creep within striking distance of the 76ers’ No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference.
John Salmons struggled as Iverson’s nominal replacement, scoring 13 points on 5-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds and eight assists. Derek Fisher had 12 points and nine assists in Davis’ place, but the game was decided by the Sixers’ poor shooting and Golden State’s 53-42 rebounding advantage, which led to several easy baskets for Dunleavy and Murphy.
Dunleavy matched his season-high with 24 points in the Warriors’ win over Minnesota on Thursday night, scoring 17 in the fourth quarter. He kept that shooting streak in Golden State’s next game, finishing up perhaps the best five quarters of the $45 million forward’s unimpressive season.
Dunleavy led the Warriors in scoring just twice in the first 63 games of the season before doing it in each of the last two.
Stephen Hunter had 15 points for Philadelphia, which trailed for most of the first three quarters before Kyle Korver’s jumper with 6:04 to play tied it at 79. But Mickael Pietrus and Dunleavy hit 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes, and the Sixers never got closer than four points.
Davis sat out his second game with a sprained ankle that hasn’t healed in the last month. The two-time All-Star will sit out at least until Thursday’s game at Dallas.
Webber responded to his usual booing in Oakland with 16 points in the first half. Nearly 12 years later, the fans still haven’t forgiven Golden State’s former No. 1 overall draft pick for his one tumultuous season with the club, when his power struggle with coach Don Nelson resulted in a trade to Washington.
The woeful Warriors attracted their 11th sellout crowd, filling the Arena with 19,596 to see the meeting of Philadelphia’s current and former NBA franchises. … Seldom-used veteran G Kevin Ollie was solid as Salmons’ backup, with eight points and six assists.