The Warriors got back to their winning ways Tuesday night, soundly defeating the Pelicans 104-93. Stephen Curry led all players with 28 points and 12 assists, his 11th-straight 20-point game, which is the longest active streak in the NBA. David Lee posted his sixth-straight double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Andrew Bogut added eight points & 10 boards, and Andre Iguodala was a +20 in his first game back from injury. The Dubs will look to make it two home wins in a row when they take on the Spurs on Thursday.
On tonight's game:
“We really needed it and more importantly we need to plan our brand of basketball which we did. Offensively, defensively and we took care of the basketball. Guys that had been struggling began to play exceptionally well. I thought we established a rhythm and it was a big win for us to get back to who we truly are.”
On Andre Iguodala's first game back from injury:
“He’s a guy that makes it so much easier with his ability to make plays, read and react. We missed him and we are glad to have him back. It was also a carryover effect because other guys began to read, react and make plays so it was a big time win for us. He does a lot of things on the floor that doesn’t show up on the stat sheet.”
On defending Ryan Anderson:
“They do such a good job with misdirection plays and pick-and-pops that force you to make a decision and (Ryan ) Anderson is a guy that hurts you with his ability to shoot the basketball so putting Andre (Iguodala) gave us an opportunity to at least play the pick-and-roll and trust that he would get to the shooter and so did Harrison (Barnes) Draymond (Green) and everybody we put on him. That was one of the key ways that they hurt you. We knew coming in that we had to play top notch pick-and-roll defense.”
On getting off to a fast start:
“The guys understand exactly what we have been lacking and why we haven’t been playing well. I have got guys that care and have just been in a funk. They guys care about each other and it was get back to where we are. It was great to defend, execute and take care of the basketball. We are not concerned about where or who we play becuase if we play the type of game that we are accustomed, we will be just fine. Tonight was a great step forward. ”
On Andre Iguodala's minutes:
“Tonight I wanted to get him in at five minute bursts.”
On the practice session following the loss in Phoenix:
“We went through some live drills and went back to communicating and figuring out what effort it would take to get us out of this hole. One win is good, but we need to put forth another good effort on Thursday to keep the momentum.”
On trying to keep up the good habits:
“We need to come out with energy and effort to start games. We are a good team when we have the lead so we need to figure out a way to separate from teams early, especially at home, so we can put ourselves in a better position to not have to work so hard and try and get over the hump.”
On getting Andre Iguodala back:
“He brings our depth back. Guys can get back to their roles. The way that he runs the floor, plays defense he can get open shots and make plays. He’s great for us our depth, and our bench and hopefully we can get our rotation right so we can know what to expect every game.”
On how he felt in his first game back from injury:
“I’m kind of protecting myself but I’m getting closer and closer. I still feel effective. I still see things on the court. I still feel like I’m able to let my presence be felt on the game.”
On improving assist to turnover ratio:
“Well just seeing a few holes we had, assist to turnover ratio hasn’t been too good the last couple weeks. We wanted to get back to where we were high in assists and low in turnovers, or at least just high in assists. It starts by good possessions offensively and in turn it helps us get back in transition and not give up too many easy baskets or let teams get a rhythm. So our defense was set the majority of the night and we had a good game plan to try to stop their shooters, so it worked well for us.”
On Coach Jackson saying tonight was his best game this season:
“Yeah, I guess you could say that. I just try to take these things one game at a time and try to do the best that I can. I thought that tonight was pretty good I’ll get excited to play even better on Thursday.”
On playing better:
“I was out for blood. No, I am honest when I say I don’t read any of the positive or the negative stuff. I just know from my own point that I want to be playing better than I am playing, and as a team we want to be better than we’ve been these past five or six games. It was good to get Andre back tonight. It was good to be a little deeper at all positions and I think the biggest thing is that we came out tonight and played with a kind of intensity that we’ve been lacking these previous games. Coach challenged us last game; you saw as well as I did with his postgame comments, the same thing he said to us after the game. I just tried to come out tonight and be a leader, try to lead with intensity, and let the rest take care of itself.”
On Iguodala's impact:
“First of all, defensively, he’s a very strong defender. But offensively I think he’s another guy that really moves the ball and is unselfish offensively, and as you know, when we are at our best is when everybody on the floor is effective; when we are moving the ball, when the ball doesn’t stop, and getting great shots instead of settling for decent ones.”
On the team responding to Coach Jackson's challenge:
“This team was challenged by our coach and we knew that this was a game we needed to have. We had a good practice yesterday and we just tried to put the last few games behind us, the way we’ve struggled. We had a good one tonight and hopefully that can carry over to the upcoming schedule.”
The Warriors will look to get back on the winning track on Tuesday as they open up a three-game homestand against the New Orleans Pelicans. This will be the second of three meetings between the two teams this season after the Warriors held on to beat New Orleans, 102-101, on the road last month. The Western Conference showdown falls on Mark Jackson Bobblehead Night, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive the coach’s bobblehead, courtesy of Lucky. GET TICKETS
LAST TIME OUT
Timely 3-point shooting is usually an advantage enjoyed by the Warriors, but it was Phoenix sinking huge treys as the Dubs lost 106-102 on the road on Sunday. The Suns thwarted a fourth-quarter Warriors run with consecutive three-pointers and Golden State’s bid to come all the way back was spoiled when they came up empty on a potentially game-tying possession in the last 30 seconds of the game. Stephen Curry finished with 30 points and seven assists and David Lee had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his fifth-straight double-double. GAME RECAP
HOME SWEET HOME
After losing each of their last two games, the Warriors will be ready to once again take their home floor. The Dubs have gone 7-3 at Oracle Arena and their stats indicate a better performance in front of their home crowd as well. At home, the Warriors average eight more points per 100 possessions at home than in road games, and they shoot nearly 5 percent better at home. The Warriors will need to take advantage of this home heavy portion of the schedule, as they play five of their next six games at Oracle Arena before hitting the road for a seven-game trip that will take them through the New Year.
TAKING CARE OF THE BALL
The Warriors have hit a rough skid as of late and they have found themselves trailing by at least 10 points in three straight games and five of their last seven. While basketball is certainly a game of runs, the Warriors haven’t helped themselves in terms of taking care of the ball. The Warriors average 17.2 turnovers per game, the third most in the NBA, and they have given up 21.2 points per game off turnovers over the last 12 games, while only scoring 14.9 points off opponent miscues during that timeframe. If the team can shore its ball handle and minimize their unforced mistakes, they can easily prevent a few easy buckets on the other end and possibly help alleviate the problem of falling behind by 10-plus points early in the game.
NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
Like the Warriors, the Pelicans are currently playing without the services of one of their key players. Anthony Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, has a fracture left hand and is expected to be out for at least two more weeks. New Orleans, however, has done pretty well in the absence of their franchise player, going 4-3 over their last seven games. Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon provide a talented backcourt and the Pelicans have a big in Ryan Anderson who is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league. Without New Orleans lacking the premier shot blocker (Davis), look for the Warriors to attach the paint as they try and take advantage of a team that’ll be playing its second of five-straight road games.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain), Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth metacarpal fracture, right hand) and Jermaine O’Neal (right wrist surgery) are out.
NOP: Greg Stiemsma (left knee sprain) and Anthony Davis (left hand fracture) are out. Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) is day-to-day.