The Warriors dropped a tough one to the Rockets tonight, losing 116 – 107. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 27 points & six assists. Klay Thompson scored 22 points and Jarrett Jack tallied 22 to go with five assists in his return to the lineup. The Warriors will now have a week to rest up before the playoff push begins as the league convenes in Houston for NBA All-Star Weekend.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"I thought for 48 minutes we did not defend like our brand. I think it's been consistent with what we have done the last four games. There were times tonight where we really got after it and times where we were on point with rotating, rebounding and executing offensively. When you are struggling to find a rhythm, both offensively and defensively, the opposition is not going to get off the gas pedal to allow you to find a rhythm. That's a good basketball team that can score with anybody. They put pressure on you with their ability to break you down individually, knock down shots - we got out of character in turning the ball over. A couple of missed assignments and you look up and they have a six point cushion. Nobody is going to feel sorry for where we are right now. We have to find a way to put together 48 minutes of basketball and get out of this. It's a challenge and I think it's a great time for my guys to get away from this thing and get away to things that matter in life and come back with purpose."
On recent defensive struggles:
"You give up 116 points, that's not who we are. You allow a team to score 30 in the 1st and 31 in the 3rd and allow second chance opportunities, that's not when we are. When we are at our best we are defending, rebounding, taking care of the basketball and getting back in transition. Tough loss for us, but ultimately, these are nights that will develop us. I think my team is going to develop a toughness, an edge and an appreciation for how we wound up the first half of the season 30-22. An appreciation for just how we got it done. I've said it before, there is not panic and we are going to be just fine. I think every team goes through tough stretches and ours is one that is new to this basketball team. We will respond."
On the All-Star break for Stephen Curry and David Lee:
"We are a no excuse basketball team - those guys have put up a lot of minutes, but they have been very successful playing a lot of minutes also. The demand on them will be the same as everybody else. There is a reason why we lost five in a row; they played a part in it, but I think it's a great time for them to get away from the game, get away from the demands, to recover and look forward to after the All-Star break. I'm sure those guys are physically - I put a lot of pressure on them. They've earned this break."
On Kent Bazemore's increased playing time:
"He plays with an edge and when he's on the floor he does not look like he does not belong. He's confident, he's always in attack mode, has the ability to make plays scoring off of other guys and he's a very good defender - defends both the one and the two. I just think that right now he's playing with a lot of confidence."
On their defense on the road trip:
"Technically, we were not that sharp. This is a team (Houston) that can score on anybody. They shoot the three, they make threes, they stretch your defense, and they push the basketball. That being said though, we have not played our brand of defense. We have been a step slower, we have not contained the ball, we have not protected the paint and we have not rebounded at the same level. They outplayed us. They were red hot and kept it going. We certainly did not play our best basketball and what we are known for."
On the media building up this rematch:
"I think it's interesting. You can turn on PTI and have a discussion on the Warriors or turn on First Take and talk about the Warriors or NBA TV and hear them talk about what we are wearing. It's great. That being said, that is not our goal - to have dialogue about the last minute of a ball game. Our goal is for them to talk about this team being a very good team that is headed in the right direction. I think it shows how far our guys have come, where they have brought this organization and that there is a discussion about the Warriors and the brand of basketball we play. We take it and we keep on moving. At the end of the day, our goal is that there won't be many stories left and we will be in the hunt and people will be forced to talk about us."
On the upcoming All-Star break:
"Guys should celebrate what has taken place thus far in the season, get away from the game, embrace their loved ones and take time to take a deep breath and get prepared for the second half. A mixture of getting away from the game, but as we get closer to next Tuesday, makes sure you stay in the best shape possible so that we can hit the ground running in Utah."
Stephen Curry
On his performance:
"I had some good threes and rushed some a little bit, but I just couldn't find a rhythm. We've got a break so we need to get some rest, get refocused. We have to turn up the level of intensity and focus if we're going to take advantage post-All-Star break."
On making fewer 3-point attempts:
"I was covered off the dribble a lot in transition, so I didn't have many opportunities in that regard. As for getting in the paint, tonight I had to go mid-range and keep defenses honest. I tried to read the defense the best I could throughout the game but not force it. I tried to force it one time tonight but I tried to be aggressive for most of the game."
David Lee
On the game:
"I thought we continued to not play the way we need to defensively. It still wasn't Warrior basketball. That can happen a lot on the road but it was frustrating that it happened here tonight. I'm frustrated. Part of it is the number of games we're playing - 10 games in 14 days or something like that. I know I'm exhausted and it's not a lack of preparation, not eating right or sleeping enough. I'm doing the things I have to do. We just have to get refreshed and reload. One of the main strengths of our team is the chemistry and the character, and that hasn't changed. We need to keep our heads up and fight through it right now; every team goes through this during some time of the year. We've got to come back refreshed and ready to go."
On the mood in the locker room after the game :
"It was pretty down until Coach Jackson came in and he put it into perspective. A five-game losing streak is a five-game losing streak; it's something to be concerned about, but we need to acknowledge that change needs to happen. We have to get better at the two things that have helped us this season, and that's defense and rebounding."
Andrew Bogut
On if he feels added responsibility for the team's play:
"A little bit. I think we're going to take some time and come back. One of the things we need to do right now out there is rebound and set screens. I'll be a team guy. You have to watch the tape to know what I'm talking about, it's one through 12. I think it's not just one through five, and as a result we've been beaten."
On if he could be the vocal leader that rallies the team:
"I can try, I can definitely try. It's hard because I haven't been a part of so many games. Defensively, definitely I take it personally because I'm a part of our defense and a part of the team. I need to do a better job in that area."
The last time these two teams met, the Rockets tied an NBA record with 23 three-pointers en route to a 140-109 blowout win in Houston. The 31-point loss was the worst defeat of the season for the Warriors, and will not be soon forgotten. Needless to say, the Warriors will be looking for a little redemption as they look to even the score on their own home court. The game falls on Asian Heritage Night at Oracle Arena, and the Warriors will celebrate with several cultural performances throughout the evening.
It was a tough end to a tough road trip as the Warriors fell to the Mavericks 116-91 on Saturday night. The Warriors shot 34-of-89 for the night and had 15 turnovers. The Warriors trimmed a 28-point deficit to 13 points in the second half but couldn't get any closer to that. Stephen Curry led the team with 18 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Harrison Barnes added 12 points while David Lee had 10 points, six rebounds. Klay Thompson finished with 11 points, shooting 3-of-7 from three-point range.
Tuesday’s matchup represents the last game before the All-Star break for both teams, and you can bet the players and coaches are looking forward to a few days off while the league convenes in Houston for the annual NBA All-Star Weekend. While the 82-game season is technically already more than halfway over, the All-Star break typically symbolizes the conclusion of the first portion of the season and the opening of the final stretch in the lead-up to the postseason. Both the Rockets and the Warriors have plenty to feel good about, as both teams have outperformed expectations, particularly Golden State. With four players headed to Houston to compete at All-Star Weekend, the league has recognized the Warriors great start and rewarded them with a chance to display their talents alongside the league’s biggest and brightest stars.
After enduring their first sub-.500 roadtrip of the season last week, the Warriors have completed arguably the toughest portion of their season, and now have a very home-heavy schedule the rest of the way. Of the Warriors 30 remaining games this season, 18 will be played at Oracle Arena, including 16 of the final 22. Golden State has played the fewest home games (22) of any team in the Western Conference thus far, a figure that should be advantageous down the stretch as opponents make the trek to Oracle Arena while the Warriors jockey for playoff position.
Not much has changed since the Warriors encountered the Rockets a week ago, and you can bet there won’t be any surprises on either side this time around. As the Warriors quickly found out, Houston can shoot the ball as well as any team in the league if given the chance, and while no one expects them to drain another 23 three-pointers, their potency from long-range has to be respected. James Harden, who has scored 21 points or more in 10 of his last 11 games, will be of particular concern for Golden State, as will his backcourt mate Jeremy Lin, who scored 28 points and dished out nine assists against the Warriors in their first meeting. Locking those two down and limiting their opportunities will be essential if the Warriors hope to even up the season series at one game apiece.
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Join the Warriors for Asian Heritage Night and attend a postgame Q&A with Jeremy Lin (special event ticket required)! Plus, enjoy several cultural performances throughout the evening as the Warriors celebrate the Chinese New year.
Injury Report
GSW: Jarrett Jack (right shoulder contusion) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

HOU: Toney Douglas (left hip pointer) is questionable.