A highly charged sellout crowd saw the Warriors take down the visiting the Lakers 109-103 on Monday night at Oracle Arena. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and David Lee and each tallied at least 20 points for the Warriors, who have now won six of their last eight games. Golden State dominated the game early, leading by as much as 25 and limiting Los Angeles to 35.6 percent shooting in the first half, but the Lakers inched their way back in the game with a fourth-quarter surge. Despite 36 points from Kobe Bryant, the Warriors held on for the win, thanks in large part to 20-and-10 nights from Curry (25 points, 10 assists) and Lee (23 points, 12 rebounds), as well as hot shooting from Thompson (6-for-11 on 3-pointers, 22 points). The Warriors, off to a 2-0 start on their five-game homestand, will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Kings on David Lee Bobblehead Night.
Mark Jackson
On the fourth quarter:
"They made plays, they made shots and they got to the foul line. They have a couple of guys over there that have had a lot success and they understand that the game is not over. We will get better at it. At the end of the day we made the right plays, enough plays to get out of here with a victory. Proud of my guys."
On the Warriors' level of aggression tonight:
"It’s a message that was sent. I wanted my guys to understand that we are the better basketball team. We’ve played 72 games and the survey says that we are the better basketball team. That can’t be debated – through 72 games. We were not going to come into this game on our heels. We respect them and they have guys that will be in the Hall of Fame – I believe they have four of them. That being said, this is a different day and it’s a different basketball team. I thought it was important to be aggressive and let the chips fall where they may."
On if he has to remind his team to be aggressive:
"I have a young basketball team. I was just reading where David (Lee) and Steph (Stephen Curry) said that it was their first time they have won 40 games. You can’t force the process. You have to be patient with them. I’m extremely proud of these guys and now this is the first time they have won 41. It’s something to celebrate. When we look at the other teams we are playing; they have experienced success, they know success and they recognize success. It’s something that is new to them and they truly deserve it. It’s all about them and they deserve it."
On if there are injury concerns regarding Stephen Curry:
"He’s proven. It’s not a concern to me and it’s not a concern to this franchise. Obviously, they stepped up and signed him long term. It’s not a concern for Steph (Stephen Curry). We know just how special a player and person that he is and we are fortunate to have him. People have freak injuries. Everything that has happened, even like the last time, he sprained his ankle and bruised his hip – that happens to the best of them."
On if had to be convinced to let Stephen Curry play:
"Watching him earlier today, watching him earlier this evening and then just spending time with him pregame – I’m not going to compromise him, this basketball team and more importantly I’m not going to compromise his future. When he told me he felt fine, I believed him. Bob (Myers) and I were in there together and the decision was to let him go, but I was going to keep my eye on him."
Jarrett Jack
On Stephen Curry:
"MVP candidate, in my opinion. What more could you ask of an MVP-type player? He's been having incredible performances night in and night out battling through injuries. His ankle wasn't 100 percent but he still gutted it out and had a phenomenal performance for us."
On the offense in the first three quarters:
"If we defend, we can get whatever we want, we feel like. When we're a team that really digs in and plays defense, our offense comes that much easier for us. Once we get in a rhythm and flow and play at Warriors pace, as we like to call it, we're tough to defend."
On the offense in the fourth quarter:
"I think we just stopped playing. We stopped being an aggressive, attacking team. We started playing half-court basketball and it's kind of a tale of two halves. Those guys love to grind it out, they have the bodies and the big guys inside and it's tough to deal with that sort of thing, plain and simple."
On his performance:
"My teammates were drawing a lot of attention and were finding me open. I try to do the best I can and come through for them."
On retaining their playoff positioning with the win:
"It's psychological for us to play at a high level. We come out each and every night regardless of what place we're in. I think nobody is paying attention to the standings, we're just concerned about coming out strong."
Klay Thompson
On if it's gratifying to beat the Lakers:
"It is. You have to treat these last few games like playoff games every time. These games are huge for playoff positioning and we’ve got some teams around us trying to beat us. We’ve got to play hard and finish out strong."
On his 3-point success this season:
"I’ve been able to shoot since high school, so nothing’s changed. I say just my confidence. I really trust my teammates and they do a great job of sharing the ball."
On the team's defense for the first three quarters:
"When you hold a team under 40 percent shooting it’s a good night. They’re a good team and we just played our defense."
On if this win gave the team confidence:
"Yeah, you have to treat every game like it’s a big game. You’ve got the Kings coming in here, another tough California team right up the street. We’ve got to treat all these games like it’s your last."
David Lee
On beating the Lakers:
"For the most part this year we’re trying to start fresh against these teams we haven’t beaten, games we haven’t won and things like that. But like you said, I think it’s a great win for us here at home and because of the standings right now it’s a big win in the race. We’re just excited; I think the last five or six games we’ve gotten back to playing Warrior basketball, and that’s exciting."
On if the team is starting to 'smell blood in the water':
"I think we’re starting to click. I think Andrew (Bogut) seems to be moving a lot better. I think we’re getting on all cylinders with me and him down low getting used to playing next to each other for an extended period of time and getting chemistry. Steph (Curry) is playing the way Steph has been playing for last three or four weeks now, and so has Klay, so we’re doing a good job."
On Stephen Curry:
"We have a team that is a scrappy team and we’ve got a group of guys that are about the team. We’ve all had a couple games this year where we’ve had the option to play. Steph has had in the last couple of years plenty of games that he’s missed, and I know it’s really bothered him and it’s out of his control. When he has the option to play he’s going to do it. He’s a really tough kid, one of our leaders and he had a tremendous game tonight."
After opening a five-game homestand with a win over the Wizards on Saturday, the Warriors will look to keep the momentum going when they host the visiting Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night. It will be the third of four matchups with the Lakers this season, with the finale coming on April 12 in Los Angeles. The Lakers have continued their recent dominance over the Warriors this season, having gone 2-0 in their two previous meetings, including a crushing 118-115 overtime victory on December 22 on Golden State’s home floor. The two division rivals sit only 3.5 games apart in the Western Conference playoff standings, and the Warriors would love to give themselves a little breathing room with a victory Monday night. Tickets are still available for this highly anticipated matchup, and the first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive their very own Warriors Putter Cover courtesy of Cache Creek Casino Resort.
The Warriors led from start to finish in Saturday’s 101-92 win over the Wizards at Oracle Arena. Golden State saw all of its starters finish in double-figures, led by Stephen Curry’s 35 points and eight assists. David Lee notched his league-leading 47th double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Klay Thompson scored 18 while Harrison Barnes added in 16 with eight boards. The win pushed the Warriors’ record to 40-31, the 26th time in their 67-year franchise history that they've won 40 games in a season.
It’s been a recurring theme throughout the second half of the season: Stephen Curry has taken his game to a whole different level. After posting 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting as well as eight assists on Saturday night against the Wizards, Curry became the first Warrior to post those numbers since Chris Mullin did so against the Sacramento Kings in 1989. His 11th 30-point effort of the season, he was also the first player in the NBA to accomplish the feat in 32 minutes or less since Larry Bird in 1986. As the regular season winds down with all eyes focused on the playoffs, it’s a great sign for the Warriors to see their best player rising to the occasion.
Curry can’t do it all by himself though, and if the Warriors hope to make some noise in the postseason, they’ll need to put in a full team effort on a nightly basis. Saturday’s win was a good start, as all members of the Warriors’ starting lineup scored in double-figures for the first time since February 2 against Phoenix. The effort wasn’t without fault, however, as the bench was outscored 39-11 with Jarrett Jack responsible for all 11 points. The Warriors depth has been a point of pride for them all season long and has been one of the biggest reasons for their resurgence this year. If Golden State hopes to maintain the magic into the postseason, they’ll need to get back to the basics that have gotten them this far.
For a team that resides in one of the entertainment capitals of the world, it’s no surprise that the Lakers’ season has been fit for the plot of a Hollywood movie. After a headline-grabbing offseason that saw Los Angeles add two high-profile stars in Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers stumbled to a slow start and underwent a coaching change just a few games into the season. However, they’ve put together quite the resurgence over the last couple months to bring their record to 36-34, currently holding a 1.5 game cushion over the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West. Future Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant has been very impressive all season long, and he and Pau Gasol have just recently returned to game action after sitting out multiple games to rehab injuries. For two teams that are separated by only 3.5 games in the standings with 11 left to play, Monday’s contest between the two squads certainly carries added importance, and you can bet that significance isn’t lost on either of them.
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The first 7,500 fans in attendance will receive a Warriors Putter Cover courtesy of Cache Creek Casino Resort.
Injury Report
GSW: Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is questionable. Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

LAL: Kobe Bryant (severe sprain, left ankle), Pau Gasol (torn plantar fascia, right foot) and Dwight Howard (torn labrum, right shoulder) are probable. Jordan Hill (left hip surgery) is out. Antawn Jamison (sprained right wrist) is day-to-day.