Postgame Quotes: Suns at Rockets - Apr. 9, 2013


Lindsey Hunter

Suns Center Jermaine O'Neal

Suns Guard Jared Dudley

Kevin McHale

James Harden

Jeremy Lin

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Suns Head Coach Lindsey Hunter

(On the game)
“First thing is, out guys fought their hearts out. We did an excellent job in just about every aspect of the game. Everybody guarded (James) Harden, that played really well. We took care of the ball and (Luis) Scola had one of his best offensive games. Everybody that played contributed. I thought Kendall (Marshall) did a great job off the bench controlling the team when Goran (Dragic) wasn’t in. Marcus Morris did an excellent job defensively. Sometimes, you have to keep fighting your way until you figure it out and tonight was a great start for us, competitive wise. We did everything in our power to come out with a win, and unfortunately, sometimes you don’t.”

(On the referees call)
“He said something. I’m not sure what. I’m not sure I didn’t interpret the rules right, but I’ll go look it up myself. The bottom line is, the call is it and that’s the end of it. I’m not going to cry over it. It happens. I saw the play, but evidently, I don’t understand the rules, so I have to go check it out and find out what it’s about. I don’t really want to harp on that. I was proud of our guys, we fought and up until the last second, we defended, we shared the basketball, and we played the way hopefully we’ll play in the future.”

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Suns Center Jermaine O'Neal

(On the explanation the referees gave on the final play)
“He said, ‘I guess the issue was they called goaltending before the replay and what they saw was the ball was in the cylinder, bounced, and came down again’ and I feel a guy next to me and I’m trying to knock the ball away. So that’s what they called goaltending. But I don’t know much about that rule. I felt the ball was outside the cylinder, so I just tried to knock it down and tried to swat it out so nobody else would try and tip it in. That’s what they called, but there are a lot of other calls that were quite questionable leading up to that. You put that play with the rest of the calls that they had, especially in the fourth (quarter) there were calls that I was not quite sure about. I’ve never seen a game finish in a weirder way (in 17 seasons).”

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Suns Guard Jared Dudley

(On the Suns play)
“It’s the best we’ve played in awhile. We played unselfish and we finally got stops in the second half, whereas in the first quarter, we really couldn’t get into our pace. We started pushing the tempo in the second half and started dictating how we wanted to play and we had a chance. I thought there was a bogus technical fouls that they didn’t need to call. They (the Rockets) attacked and made the refs make a call and then got to the line and made free throws. We had a chance to win it behind (Luis) Scola who is playing his best in coming back here to Houston. I’m glad he had the game winning shot, but it just didn’t go in and we came up short again. We can deal with these losses, it’s the blowout ones that we play selfish and don’t play together, and those are the ones that are frustrating.”

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Rockets Head Coach Kevin McHale

(On being in a game that ended on a goal tend)
“I tell you what, I'll have to think a long, long time before it got to that. That was a crazy ending.”

(On the game tonight)
“We got a goal tending call. We got a couple of stops when we finally needed them. (Luis) Scola was really going to work on us down there. But you know, Scola is a crafty vet. We had a hard time stopping him and then we missed layups. We had wide open threes. We were 6 for 30 from the 3-point line. It's kind of one of those nights where it was kind of a dog fight all night long for us. It just didn't feel like we could get any rhythm. We had a good rhythm early I should say and then all of a sudden we kind of lost that in the second quarter and from that point on we never found any rhythm. We just found a way to grind out a game and that’s just what we did.”

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Rockets Guard James Harden

(On if he's ever seen a win like that)
“No, it’s the first time but it happened so I'm happy, I'm happy for us.”

(On the last shot)
“It actually felt good leaving my hand and then the ball bounced up and I kept looking at it. It looked like it was going to drop right in, but I seen his hand touch the ball so I was kind of happy. I knew for sure it was goaltending.”

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Rockets Guard Jeremy Lin

(On the win)
“We won and we will take it any day of the week. Definitely one of our uglier wins. Definitely a lot to work on. I think we were sluggish. I don't think we ha d the urgency of a team trying to make the playoffs, the desperation and hopefully we will do a lot better job of that (Friday).”

(On the Rockets ball movement)
“We didn't hit shots the way we normally do but that’s going to happen. But the good thing is we were able to grind it out and get a win. We were able to get some stops down the stretch, big rebounds and we were able to pull it out. I'm pretty happy right now.”

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