The Warriors took control early and cruised to a 113-95 victory on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Never trailing in the game, the Warriors led by as many as 29 on a night in which they shot 60 percent from the field and tallied 28 assists on 42 made baskets. Stephen Curry led the Dubs on their highlight-filled evening with 25 points and eight assists and Andre Iguodala had eight points to go with his 11 assists, including a pair of fancy behind-the-back passes that led to David Lee buckets. Lee had 17 points and nine rebounds and Jermaine O’Neal played his best game as a Warrior with 17 points and six rebounds. Now 3-0 at Oracle Arena this season, the Warriors will look for continued home success on Thursday when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
On tonight's game:
“The thing that was great about tonight was that we did an outstanding job of sharing the basketball. That first quarter – 13 assists – we just made plays. The great thing about it is that you can be unselfish not just offensively, but defensively as well. I thought we really did a superb job of paying attention to the details in sticking with our game plan and executing it. Our starters really set the tone.”
On holding the Pistons to three made 3-pointers:
“You can play great defense against a guy like Brandon Jennings and he can get it going. Last year against Milwaukee we played great defense in the first half, and in the second half he took over the basketball game. It was a combination of our defense and some missed shots. I thought our guys were aware and alert defensively of who could hurt us and how.”
On the Warriors' bench tonight:
“I thought Jermaine (O’Neal) gave us great minutes. I was disappointed with our bench overall. We had 11 turnovers with three minutes to go in the third quarter and finished with 23 – did a bad job of taking care of the basketball. I’m not happy at all with that. They have to be better, they know that and we’ll move on.”
On Andre Iguodala acclimating quickly with the Warriors:
“I think that’s overrated. Go get me five guys in the park that never met each other that know how to play basketball and they’ll figure it out. With our four guys already, we inserted Andre (Iguodala) with his ability to make plays and read situations – you didn’t have to build chemistry, he fit and fit right away.”
On the team's fast start:
“We have high expectations for ourselves and we know what we’re capable of. We know that it’s not going to be handed to us and we have to go out there and improve every night, respond from losses and I feel like tonight was a good response from the last two games. We executed the way we wanted to and we talked yesterday about a lot of things we wanted to accomplish and we did that.”
On the starting five's continuity:
“I think we just complement each other really well with what different guys bring to the table and how they complement the next guy. We’re having fun out there but we still understand we have a job to do and we want to be one of the top teams in the league come the end of April. We’re trying to get ready every game.”
On keys to the homestand:
“We talked about that for us to be a successful team, we have to win our home games and go out on the road and win the games you’re supposed to on the road and steal one or two against the really good teams on the road. Tonight, coming back for a home game, this was a pivotal game for us and I thought we took care of business from the jump. I think the biggest difference was we were very unselfish and that really propelled us offensively, and defensively we picked up right where we left off on the road trip and played overall good defense.”
On the starting five's balanced scoring ability:
“You know that’s when we’re most effective, because everyone on the floor is capable of finishing inside, or capable of making a pass and that’s not true of every team but that starting unit of ours, everyone has skills with the ball and can make plays for one another. That’s when we’re most effective; when we’re unselfish.”
On the addition of Andre Iguodala:
“That’s just a compliment to him, how he really knows the game and is great at blending. It would be easy for him to come in here and want to shoot a bunch of shots, but instead he’s very unselfish and you see it with his assist numbers and like you said, he fits right in with the way we’re playing and getting up and down the floor on the half court. He’s been a wonderful addition and that’s the reason we brought him in.”
GOOD TO BE BACK
The Warriors return home after a four-game road trip for three-straight games at Oracle Arena, beginning Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons. This will be the first of two contests between the two teams this season, with the final encounter coming on February 24 in Detroit. Golden State swept both meetings last season, and will look to continue that streak against the Pistons as they attempt to reassert their position at the top of the Western Conference.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors ran out of gas Saturday night, falling to the Grizzlies 108-90. The loss concluded the Warriors’ four-game road-trip with a record of 2-2, and is the first time the Dubs have lost consecutive games all season. Stephen Curry led the team with 22 points and five assists, while Andre Iguodala added 19 points and five rebounds. GAME RECAP
HOOPS FOR TROOPS
Tuesday’s game is Hoops For Troops Night at Oracle Arena, where we will be honoring our U.S. Military Service members. In addition to a postgame free throw contest for military members, there will also be a care package drive in which fans in attendance are encouraged to donate items (beef jerky, protein bars, DVD’s, ramen noodles, cup of soup, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) to receive a limited edition military gift. For a full list of donatable items, click here. Donation bins will be located at all Oracle Arena entrances.
CONTROLLING THE PAINT
Granted, it was the back end of a back-to-back, but it doesn’t take long to figure out why the Warriors lost to the Grizzlies on Saturday night. After getting back within striking distance early in the third quarter, Golden State could not stop Memphis from getting on a run of their own, and ended up being outscored 36-27 in the third frame. The Grizzlies were aided by a significant advantage in the paint, outscoring them 18-2 in the quarter, and 54-18 for the game. Some of this can be attributed to Memphis’ talented frontcourt, but such a disparity should not have occurred. While the Warriors may rely more on their backcourt for scoring punch, they will need the frontcourt to at least keep things close with their counterparts if they hope to realize their full potential as a team.
DETROIT SCOUTING REPORT
The frontcourt focus should continue against the Pistons, who boast one of the stronger arsenals of athletic big men in all of the league. In addition to promising youngster Andre Drummond, Detroit brought in uber-athletic Josh Smith this offseason to team up with holdover Greg Monroe in a frontcourt that is difficult for any team to handle. Veteran Chauncy Billups is still there patrolling the backcourt, but he has a new partner in Brandon Jennings, who is more than capable of lighting up the scoreboard when he gets hot. If Golden State can clamp down on Jennings & Co. without getting in too much foul trouble, they should be able to rely on their offensive firepower to start out the homestand with a victory.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out.
DET: Charlie Villanueva (shoulder) is out.
DET: Charlie Villanueva (shoulder) is out.