The Warriors picked up their third straight win with a 101-83 victory over the Celtics on Saturday night at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry (22 points, 9 assists) and David Lee (20 points, 6 rebounds) led the way for the Warriors, and Harrison Barnes got it going early with 10 of his 15 points in the first quarter. The Warriors shot 50.7 percent from the field and were 12-for-19 on 3-pointers, while Boston was just 31-for-86 (36.0 percent) from the field. The Dubs have now held their opponents to less than 40 percent shooting in three of their last five games, and they will look to keep that streak intact on Wednesday when they host the red-hot Clippers in the first-ever Whiteout Night at Oracle Arena.
On shooting 51 percent from the field:
"We did a great job of sharing the basketball, being unselfish and making plays for one another. We just made good reads coming out of our sets. This is a very good defensive team that gets after you. They tried to attack Steph (Stephen Curry) by trapping him on pick-and-rolls, but we read it and we made the adjustments. My guys were extremely unselfish making plays for one another."
On winning 12 games in December:
"We just keep it moving. For great history or bad history, we don’t claim it. We respect it, appreciate it, but it’s not our history. This is our second December. Bottom line is, it’s been a great year for us – 2012 has been really good to us. We will put it behind us and look forward to doing great things in 2013. I’m extremely proud of this group. I know it sounds like a broken record, but I really believe that bigger things lie ahead than what we just accomplished."
On Harrison Barnes:
"He makes us better. When you talk about (Jarrett) Jack coming off the bench and finishing games with Klay (Thompson) and Steph (Stephen Curry) – I thought matchup style tonight the athleticism and the length of Harrison (Barnes) I thought he did a very good job making Paul Pierce work for his shots. You’re not going to stop him, but he stayed in the picture and contested shots. I wanted to keep length on (Paul) Pierce. Majority of the nights Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are going to be on the floor, it’s just the question of whether Jarrett Jack or Harrison (Barnes) – Jack has been laying lights out, but Harrison (Barnes) maybe doing all the right things and not finish games. We will make the decisions on what puts us in the best possible position to win ball games and we’ll run with that. He played very aggressive and was in attack mode early and had it going offensively. Whether he’s playing five minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes or 40 minutes we need him to be in attack mode at all times."
On being pleased with the team's success:
"I will not be satisfied and we will not be satisfied as a team. We will enjoy the success that we have had, but we will not fall in love with what we have been able to do thus far. Situations like that are set ups to let your guard down and get knocked out. We have done nothing. We will continue to put our foot on the gas pedal and finish this thing out the right way."
On his mindset entering the game:
"One of the main things was going out and being aggressive. I didn’t get many shots off early, I had to shift the ball and guys were making plays at the other end. The only thing we have to cut out is turnovers and we’ll be alright."
On turning the ball over:
"It’s just about an endgame situation where we have to take care of the ball."
On what he's doing differently defensively this season:
"I don’t really know, to me it’s a commitment. We’re even having multiple situations where you might even get beat but you get back there and help out. We care about each other and we want to make sure that no one is left out to dry. We’re just relentless."
On getting 12 wins in December:
"All those things we don’t worry about. Every single game we just try on getting better and better. I thought our defense played a big role again tonight by holding them under 40 percent and made up for the fact that we didn’t have our best night offensively as far as turnovers. I’m proud of our guys for defending the way we did and getting another win."
On earning multiple days off:
"Most guys will definitely take tomorrow off and rest. I know personally I don’t do well when I take more than one day. I will be back to work the day after tomorrow because I definitely want to break a sweat and put some shots up."
BACK AT IT
Less than 24 hours after Friday night’s victory over the 76ers, the Warriors will be back in action on Saturday when they host the Celtics. The Warriors are 5-3 on the back end of back-to-backs this season, although they have lost each of their last two such contests. This will be the first of two meetings between the two teams this season, with the other set to take place in Boston on March 1. Tickets start at $39 for the inter-conference showdown, which figures to be the fifth-straight sellout at Oracle Arena.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors picked up their 20th win of the year with a 96-89 triumph over the visiting 76ers on Friday night at Oracle Arena. David Lee scored eight of the team’s 16 points in a fourth quarter that saw the 76ers nearly come back from a 20-point deficit. Lee finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Carl Landry (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Jarrett Jack (16 points, 6 assists) each had huge nights off the bench. The victory was the Warriors 20th of the season, marking the first time since 1980 that the team has posted 20 wins before the New Year.
ROUGH ROAD AHEAD
The Warriors are more than a third through the season, and so far the team has enjoyed tremendous success. If they can continue to win at this rate – two of every three games – then they might really be onto something. That will be no easy task, however, as 12 of the team’s next 13 games are against opponents that are currently are above .500. Fortunately for the Warriors, they have fared well against quality opponents this season, as they are 9-1 against teams with winning records.
David Lee registered his 19th double-double of the season on Friday night and he’ll look to join Memphis’ Zach Randolph on Saturday as the only players in the NBA with 20 doubles-doubles this season. Furthermore, his 25 points and 12 rebounds on Friday was his NBA-leading 13th game with at least 20 points and 10 boards. Overall, Lee ranks 10th in the league in scoring (20.0 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (11.2 rpg) and is the only player in the NBA who averages at least 20 points and 10 boards. DUB THE VOTE
BOSTON SCOUTING REPORT
With a roster full of Hall of Fame talent, the Celtics have the potential to be a dangerous team come playoff time. The veteran trio of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo are capable of putting up big-time numbers any day of the week, and the addition of Jason Terry gives the team another quality scorer who is not afraid to take or make the big shot. Despite the plethora of talent and experience, the Celtics haven’t quite put it together this season. They have lost eight of their last 10 road games and are coming off their worst loss of the season, a 29-point defeat at the expense of the red-hot Clippers. Needless to say, Boston will be hungry to get back on track, and the Warriors will do everything they can to postpone that by a day.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab) and Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) are out.
BOS: Rajon Rondo (bruised right hip/thigh), Avery Bradley (shoulder surgeries), Leandro Barbosa (personal reasons) and Chris Wilcox (Sprained UCL, Right Thumb) are out.