A classic Warriors-Lakers matchup ended in disappointing fashion for the home team, as the Warriors fell just short in a 118-115 high-octane overtime affair at Oracle Arena on Saturday night. The game featured 20 lead changes, seven of which took place after the close of the third quarter, but Stephen Curry’s potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds was off the mark. The loss squandered an otherwise brilliant night from Jarrett Jack, who came through with 29 points and 11 assists. David Lee contributed 20 points and 11 rebounds and Curry finished with 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Warriors will now have a days off before returning to action on Wednesday in Utah.
Mark Jackson
On the fourth quarter:
"They started making shots and we didn’t take care of the basketball. You look back and realize that one defensive rebound, one well executed defensive trip, one less turnover and we are out of here before overtime. It’s disappointing the way the fourth quarter went, but Kobe Bryant has a history of making good shots – he did that tonight."
On the pace of the game in the second half:
"We made some mistakes, they made some mistakes. You are going to make mistakes as a basketball team. They started making shots. They hit some big three’s and they executed their offense which made it difficult to run off of made shots – that made a difference. I told the guys, waiting to talk with them and they show Steve Nash on television and he was asked ‘What do you guys need to do?’ Steve Nash said ‘We need to play with the spirit that the Warriors play with. They’re unselfish and play for one another’. I’m not going to lose sight of that. We are going to be fine. We will learn from our mistakes made tonight because that is a good team despite their record. I like where we are heading."
On Jarrett Jack:
"He’s been great all year long. He comes in and has a calming effect when he runs our offense. He’s a scoring threat and he makes plays – been great all year long. Credit again to our ownership and front office by doing a great job of finding what we needed. He’s everything that we thought he would be when we traded for him."
Stephen Curry
On closing out games:
“I think that was the first time we lost when we had the lead heading into the fourth quarter. We’ve had situations where we had big leads and had to hold on for dear life, but we still got it done. Then we had games where we let go of the lead and finished it out. We’re just a team who had veterans and hall of fame guys that figured it out in the last five minutes, so we have to learn from this.”
Jarrett Jack
On motivating Festus Ezeli:
“He wasn’t happy with a couple of plays for himself individually down the stretch, I just shared with him a moment I had my rookie year worse than that. The NBA has a bunch ups and downs. You have to stay on the straight and narrow and put the last game behind and move forward.”
On what he learned from this game:
“We are definitely not a team into moral victories. We come out and feel like we can win every game when we step in between those lines. We just learned that if you mess around and allow a team like them, who has tremendous firepower and who’s not at their best yet - they’re far from a finished product hang around; these are the type of results that can possibly happen. I thought in the second half we got a little careless with our shot selection, but whatever the case may be we still had opportunities on the defensive end to close them out as well.”
There’s always a little bit of extra buzz when the Lakers come to town, and Saturday isn’t expected to be any different. The Warriors will be playing the back end of a rare home back-to-back, and the team has fared well when playing on consecutive days. The Dubs are 5-2 in the second game of a back-to-back and they will be as hungry as ever to get another win in front of their home crowd. This will be the second of four meetings between the two teams, and the first matchup saw Warriors at their worst. Golden State lost 101-77 in Los Angeles on November 9, and the team will like nothing more to even the score on Saturday.
David Lee registered the third triple-double of his career with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Warriors to a 114-100 victory over the visiting Bobcats Friday night. Stephen Curry knocked down a career-high eight 3-pointers on his way to 27 points and eight assists. Klay Thompson scored 20 with four 3-pointers of his own, while Draymond Green and Carl Landry came off the bench and added in 11 apiece for the Warriors.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive all-around performance by the Warriors All-Star candidates than the one they put on Friday night. Stephen Curry was absolutely on fire from downtown, recording a new career-high with eight three-pointers. Combined with the seven three-pointers he scored on Wednesday against Sacramento, Curry is the first player in Warriors history to record seven or more three-pointers in consecutive games. Not to be outdone, David Lee posted his third career triple-double, and the first by a power forward in the league this season. In the process, he also recorded his 11th 20-point/10-rebound game of the season, which leads the NBA. Finally, Klay Thompson was his typical sharpshooting self, scoring 20 points, including four three-pointers. With more performances like that, he may find himself on his way to Houston soon.
If you’re hoping to beat the Warriors, you better get ahead of them early. After their victory Friday night, the Warriors are 12-1 when leading at halftime and 15-0 when taking a lead into the fourth quarter. Playing with the lead often coincides with winning the rebounding battle for the Dubs, as they are now 17-2 when outrebounding the opponent.
For a team that’s just 12-14, the Lakers sure do make a lot of headlines. Perhaps it’s no surprise with their proximity to Hollywood, but the Lakers have been full of theatrics this season. With a high-profile coaching change and the addition of a pair of perennial All-Stars, it seems that everyone is watching them with a close eye. Despite all the scrutiny, Los Angeles may be putting the pieces together. They have won each of their last three games and Steve Nash is on the brim of returning to action, although he has said that it’s more realistic that he plays on Tuesday instead of against the Warriors. Kobe Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring (29.5 ppg) and Dwight Howard has failed to log a double-double just twice this month. The Lakers certainly have the talent to be a title contender, but whether or not they can play together has been the issue.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.

LAL: Steve Blake (abdominal surgery) is out. Kobe Bryant (back spasms) and Jordan Hill (herniated disc / back spasms) are probable. Steve Nash (non-displaced fracture, left leg) is questionable.