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Warriors shine against Sonics in preseason play

The Associated Press
Wednesday October 09, 2002

MISSOULA — Troy Murphy had 16 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday night, leading Golden State past the Seattle SuperSonics 84-75 in the first exhibition game for new Warriors coach Mike Musselman. 

Mike Dunleavy, the Warriors’ No. 1 draft pick out of Duke, scored five points in 17 minutes as a reserve. Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 18 points while Desmond Mason paced the Sonics with 14. 

The 37-year-old Musselman is the youngest head coach in the NBA. The league’s second-youngest coach, is Seattle’s Nate McMillan, 38. 

The Sonics played without $60 million off-season acquisition Rashard Lewis, who strained his left shoulder in Monday night’s loss in Spokane, Wash. Lewis did not travel to Missoula. 

Golden State was without guard Bob Sura, who has a strained right calf. Seattle point guard Gary Payton had the night off. Kenny Anderson started in his place, scoring 8 points. 

Seattle tied it at 68-68 with 7:39 remaining, but Golden State pulled away at the foul line.