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Klay Thompson made sure the Warriors started the season on the right foot, carrying the load in Wednesday’s 125-94 win on Opening Night at Oracle Arena. Thompson had the hot hand all night, sinking his first four 3-point attempts and finishing with a regular season career-high 38 points on 15-for-19 shooting (5-for-7 on 3-pointers. Thompson’s shooting exploits overshadowed an otherwise brilliant night from David Lee, who tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Taking advantage of a Lakers team that beat the Clippers on Tuesday, Golden State controlled the pace all night. Never trailing in the game, the Warriors shot 53.5 percent from the field and assisted 34 of 46 made baskets while holding Los Angeles to 39.3 percent shooting from the field. The Warriors will look to keep the pace on Thursday when they travel to Southern California to face the Clippers.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“There’s no secret that Klay Thompson is a phenomenal shooter. I don’t think enough credit is given that he’s a heck of a basketball player. Not only did he shoot the lights out, but he defended – first line of defense on Steve Blake. Our overall defense was awfully impressive tonight. Obviously that is a team that is coming off a big win last night, but we did the job we are supposed to do.”
On winnng on Opening Night:
“First of all, I want to give credit to the people that organized the introductions from the big screen to the curtains - I thought it was first class and how big time organizations do it. I thought our guys did a great job of being ready after the cheers. The ball went up and they were ready and prepared. It was a thing of beauty from beginning to end.”
On if they ran more for Thompson:
“Our guys do a great job of reading who is hot and finding the mismatch. I thought Steph (Stephen Curry) did an outstanding job of running the basketball team. In the first half, between he (Stephen Curry) and Klay (Thompson) they had two turnovers. He ran the basketball team and realized who had the hot hand and got him the basketball.”
On Andre Iguodala:
“When you look at him as a basketball player and you appreciate everything he does on the floor from rebounding to playmaking. He doesn’t care if he shoots and he doesn’t care about touches. He’s a guy with a high IQ and impacts the game without scoring. I don’t think you look at his numbers and try and justify why we got him or how much he is making, It doesn’t do him any justice to look at him that way. Happy to have him.

“You look at (Andrew) Bogut’s game the same way. I think you look at the people that make decisions here and we look at guys and the way they impact the game. Look at guys like (Andrew) Bogut, Andre (Iguodala) and Draymond (Green) the stat sheet doesn’t do anything for them. Rebounding, defending, high IQ, making plays, unselfishness – it’s a thing of beauty. Their mentality and approach is contagious and that’s why we win ballgames.”
Klay Thompson
On his performance:
“It felt great. That’s what we live for. It’s crazy, I never imagined I’d have 38 points in three quarters but you know what, you surprise yourself sometimes. It was an amazing night for me and I’ll enjoy it but tomorrow’s another big day.”
On when he knew he was feeling it:
“After like my third three; I just knew I was getting open looks. I was locked in before the game too. Actually, I knew in the pregame, I was hitting everything.”
On the team's defensive performance:
“We played great defensively tonight, outstanding. It’s a great way to start. We just tried to make them take contested shots, limit them outside the paint. Our post players played great tonight and it’s going to be another challenge tomorrow because the Clippers have great inside players and they’ve got great shooters now so it’s going to be a good challenge.”
Stephen Curry
On Thompson's performance:
“The way he started out the first six minutes you know it was going to be one of those nights. In transition and some of the play-calling we did to highlight him was definitely useful tonight. He definitely made them pay for some of the matchups and it was fun to watch.”
On getting a win:
“There’s a lot of anticipation for this season, obviously. I don’t think we’ve won a home opener in the past two years so it’s big for us to play well and leave the court with a win and make all of that show worth it. It was fun tonight but obviously it’s just one game and we’ve got to move on to the Clippers tomorrow.”
Andre Iguodala
On Opening Night:
“It was a lot of fun. I think the organization did a great job of putting that together. This is my 10th one, you kind of get tired of opening night and the theatrics, you’re just ready to go play. I think it was done well and it kind of gave us a boost of energy coming out. So we’ve got to let that energy carry us throughout the first month of the season, keep it going and just stay focused.”
On moving forward and playing on the road:
“We understand that we’re going to have a lot of energy at home. I’ve been in a situation where I’ve won a lot of home games, team had the best home record in the NBA. Still, you’ve got to take care of business on the road. Energy gets you wins at home but it’s how you go on the road, compete against the top tier teams, and go in their home and steal a win.”
HELLO OPENING NIGHT!!!
The Warriors tip off the 2013-14 season on Wednesday against the division rival Los Angeles Lakers. Perhaps no season has started with so much optimism in #DubNation, and the Warriors are certainly eager to take the court and prove that the 2013 playoff success was no fluke. Tickets are still available for the season lid lifter, and all fans in attendance will receive a free Opening Night T-Shirt, courtesy of City National Bank. GET TICKETS
MORE CURRY PLEASE
Perhaps no NBA player’s starpower has grown more over the last year than that of Stephen Curry. Whether it was scoring 54 points in New York or simply taking over playoff games on what seemed to be a regular basis, Curry’s profile has certainly risen in NBA circles, so much so that he’s on the cover of several NBA season preview magazines, including Sports Illustrated. As discussed in a position-by-position Warriors season preview, Curry will certainly be the focal point of opposing defenses, so his improving ability as a playmaker will take center stage on a team that’s deep in scoring options. SEASON PREVIEW: POINT GUARDS | SWINGMEN | BIGS
ALL ABOUT VERSATILITY
Recently, a panel of independent Warriors bloggers was asked about the Warriors’ greatest strengths, and a common answer was versatility. The Warriors can go big, go small, get out on the break and push the pace, or slow it down in a more physical, grind-it-out style of game. Perhaps no player embodies that do-it-all mentality than newcomer Andre Iguodala. A 2012 All-Star and Olympic gold medalist, Iguodala has the size, quickness and length to play multiple positions on the floor, and if his preseason stat lines are any indicator, he’ll offer production across multiple categories. If he’s asked to score, he can score, but he can also make plays for others, rebound, defend and handle the ball. Iguodala can help the Warriors in several areas on the floor, and he’s not alone in that department. READ MORE ON TEAM’S VERSATILITY | MORE FROM BLOGGERS ROUNDTABLE
PRESEASON WRAP-UP
The Warriors will open the 2013-14 season after an eventful exhibition schedule that saw the team spend a week in China for the 2013 NBA Global Games. The Warriors won both of their games abroad against the Lakers and wound up going 3-4 in the preseason. Klay Thompson led the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game, and Stephen Curry and David Lee were right behind him at 16.0 and 15.3 ppg, respectively. Curry led the team with 4.7 assists per game, and Iguodala was second with 4.6, thanks in large part to a 14-assist effort in Shanghai. Lastly, Andrew Bogut led the club with 8.1 rebounds per game while David Lee averaged 6.2 boards. #GSWCOUNTDOWN TO OPENING NIGHT | FULL COVERAGE OF WARRIORS CHINA TRIP
LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT
One of the biggest questions in the NBA is about the date of Kobe Bryant’s return from left Achilles surgery. How soon that happens figures to have every bit to do with how successful the Lakers will be this season. Until he does, look for Pau Gasol to carry the load for the Lakers. The veteran center should be able to put his skilled work in the paint to great use now that Dwight Howard is in Houston, and Steve Nash, despite his age and recent bout with injuries, figures to offer steady production at point guard. Nick Young headlines the remainder of the team’s supporting cast that will need to step up in order to keep pace in the Western Conference.
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Injury Report
GSW: Harrison Barnes (left foot inflammation) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) are out.

LAL: Kobe Bryant (Achilles surgery) is out.