OAKLAND -- From Mike Dunleavy's opening introduction to his final missed 3-pointer, booing Golden State fans let their least favorite player know just how much they still despise him.
And after the Warriors finished their 106-101 comeback victory Sunday night over Dunleavy and his Indiana Pacers, the much-reviled forward confirmed that the feeling is mutual.
"I wouldn't want it any other way," said Dunleavy, who spent his first 4½ seasons with the Warriors. "I couldn't care less.
"It's hard to pay attention and care about something somebody says when you have no respect for them. They can do whatever they want."
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The Warriors got their third win in four games with an impressive comeback led by Monta Ellis, who scored nine of his 29 points in the fourth quarter in an inspired response to a cheap-shot foul by Jamaal Tinsley.
Baron Davis added 27 points for Golden State, but the savvy crowd at Oracle Arena seemed most excited by the chance to boo Dunleavy yet again. Though he's averaging a career-best 17.3 points as the Pacers' leading scorer, Dunleavy was a profound disappointment to the Bay Area, with fans booing him regularly and heavily over his last two seasons.
The former No. 3 overall draft pick hadn't been back to town since he was shipped to Indiana last Jan. 17 along with Troy Murphy in an eight-player trade that sent Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington to Golden State, profoundly altering both franchises.
Though Dunleavy finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in one of his better all-around efforts of the season, he missed a potential tying free throw with 1:34 left -- and Indiana never got back in it.
Murphy -- who also got his share of boos -- had just four points and one rebound.
Well before he finally got out of town, Dunleavy came to embody all the empty promise of the Warriors' 12 consecutive losing teams.
Golden State fans seem to hate everything about Dunleavy, from his inconsistent shot and tepid defense to his flouncy hairdos and perceived arrogance.
In fact, Dunleavy probably was booed more regularly than any Warriors player since 1980s center Joe Barry Carroll -- otherwise known as Joe Barely Cares, a moniker that fans felt fit Dunleavy as well, even if most of his teammates disagreed.
"He gave it all here -- played hurt, played hard," Davis said of Dunleavy. "He had great games when he was booed here, so I expected him to have a good game."
After Dunleavy hit a 3-pointer to put Indiana up 97-93, Ellis and Matt Barnes tied it with 2:36 left on consecutive jumpers. Ellis put Golden State ahead 100-98 with a stunning no-look backward layup and a free throw.
After Dunleavy missed his free throw, Andris Biedrins -- who spent much of the night on Golden State's bench with a deep thigh bruise -- tipped home Ellis' shot with 17.8 seconds left.
The game ended appropriately, with Warriors fans booing Dunleavy as he missed a meaningless 3-pointer.