The Warriors extended their winning streak to five straight games with Tuesday’s 108-85 triumph over the Mavericks at Oracle Arena. Down by eight early, the Dubs took control of the game with a 22-8 run that bridged the first and second quarters. Much of the damage was done by the reserves, as Jordan Crawford caught fire and at one point had nine straight points for the Warriors. The Warriors reserves out-scored Dallas’ bench 59-37, and the Mavericks as a team shot just 36.6 percent from the field. The Warriors, meanwhile, had little trouble getting what they wanted offensively. The Dubs out-scored the Mavericks in the paint 40-30, thanks to several highlight-worthy dunks by Andrew Bogut (15 points, 10 rebounds) and one from Andre Iguodala that capped an incredible seven-second sequence that started with a block on the defensive end. With the win, the Warriors improve to 41-24, and they’ll look to keep the momentum going when they visit the Clippers on Wednesday on the back end of a back-to-back.
On Jordan Crawford tonight:
"He was great. I don’t think that enough credit has been given to him because we went out and got Steve Blake and I’ve seen guys fold up the tent and I’ve seen players hold their head down and not be ready. He’s been a professional. He has a gift to score the basketball. When called upon he’s been ready and deserves a lot of credit. It’s been a big pickup for us getting him and he’s played great for us since he’s been here."
On the starters support of the bench:
"I have a together group. They support one another and they are happy for one another. It’s about getting the job done. The way he (Jordan Crawford) was playing by taking over the game, it’s great to see guys energetic, enthusiastic and very supportive on the sideline."
On if tonight was the best they have played all season:
"I don’t know. It’s awfully close if it’s not. Holding another team below 40 percent, just behind the Pacers as far as teams doing that this season. I think our bench score 59 points. We defended at a high level and paid attention to details whether it be Dirk (Nowitzki) or any of their supporting cast and how we defended them. It was a big time win for us. If you lose this game all of a sudden there are three teams again within striking distance. I think this gave us some breathing room especially considering we have a big game tomorrow night against a red hot Clipper team."
On what he said to the team during a timeout session in the first quarter:
"I don’t remember what I said. We weren’t playing well. We had to make the adjustment and if we kept on doing what we were doing we were going to get embarrassed. To my guys credit they responded and we climbed back in to the ball game then took total control. I’m from the Phil Jackson school of training. You train these guys and prepare them in practice and you don’t just burn a timeout just to look like I know what I’m doing. I thought it was important to call a timeout in that situation and talk about it."
On if this was kind of a trap game with the Clippers tomorrow night:
"We were playing against a good team and our objective is to continue to play good basketball and string together wins. We’ve done that thus far. We are playing against a red hot team again with a lot of talent and we look forward to the challenge in regards to how well they and we are playing. It’s going to be a tough basketball team. You have to take care of the ones you are supposed to take care of. Having the Dallas Mavericks in our building with us being rested it was important for us to take care of business. That doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t have been a bad loss because they are a good team also, but we took care of business."
On the game:
"Well we talked about not wanting to lose games at home and the way you do that starts with our defense. I thought we did a good job game plan discipline-wise on Dirk [Nowitzki] and Monta [Ellis] tonight, their two guys they needed to get going in order to keep up with us. Then offensively we took what the defense gave us. They stayed attached to me a lot and stayed attached to Steph a lot on the pick-and-rolls, and Andrew [Bogut] was open a lot of times. We were able to find him and he did a great job finishing."
On bench play tonight:
"It was great. Once again, I think the addition of Steve Blake at that point guard spot frees up JC (Crawford) to do what he does—that’s come off the screens and “iso” on the wings and score. The way Jermaine [O’Neal] and Draymond [Green] are playing is incredible as well. Those guys had another big outing for us and really helped us get control of the game, and then we finished it out from there."
On 'flying around defensively':
"Honestly the biggest thing is just we’re trying to fly around. When we were struggling early in the season, we weren’t flying around, we were sluggish, and that’s what we’re trying to do right now."
On the starters being able to rest when the bench is playing well:
"It’s huge. You look at last year when we had Steph [Curry] playing 45 minutes, Klay [Thompson] playing a ton of minutes—it’s hard to do that all season long. Now that our second unit is playing better we can give those starters some relief and balance it out."
On Coach Jackson's advice to keep shooting:
"Just keep shooting. Coach Jackson is never going to tell you not to shoot, always trying to give players confidence. I know if I continue to stay aggressive I’ll be alright."
On his strong shooting performance tonight:
"It’s a good feeling. My teammates look for me and I’m glad to help the team."
On recent bench play:
"I think coach has more confidence in us and we see that. It’s easier for us to play and you can get a little more extra time. It’s fun."
On the current win streak:
"It’s good. It’s fun. To be on a streak like this heading into the playoffs and to move up the standings, it brings the competitive spirit out in everybody."
Winners of four in a row and nine of their last 11 since the All-Star Break, the Warriors will look to keep the momentum rolling when they host the Mavericks on Tuesday at Oracle Arena. For the Warriors this will be the second of three straight games against Western Conference opponents battling for position in the NBA Playoffs. Golden State took care of business against Phoenix on Sunday and will be looking to do the same as they take on the Mavericks for the third of this season’s four head-to-head meetings. GET TICKETS
LAST TIME OUT
A 38-17 third quarter surge propelled the Warriors to a 113-107 victory over the Suns at Oracle Arena on Sunday. Klay Thompson drained 9-of-15 shots including four from deep to total 22 points. David Lee led all scorers with 26 while pulling down nine boards. Stephen Curry loaded up 18 points and dished nine assists. Draymond Green scored 13 off the bench for the Warriors. GAME RECAP
CURRY VS. THE MAVS
Last time the Warriors played the Mavericks, Stephen Curry knocked down a game-winning jumper in the closing seconds of a 95-93 victory at Oracle Arena on December 11. Dallas returns to Oracle Arena exactly three months later and the Warriors will again be looking for another big game from Curry. The All-Star guard has averaged 31.0 points and 9.0 assists in the two previous games against Dallas this season, both of which were won by the home team. While Curry has played at a high level all season for the Warriors, he has shown great improvement lately in taking care of the ball. He has a total of one turnover over the last three games and the Warriors are now 10-0 when he has no more than single turnover.
BENCH STEPPING UP
With the Warriors locking in on a playoff push, they have chosen an ideal time to show off great improvement in what was the team’s most glaring weakness at the beginning of the season … bench production. While the primary reserves have been there all year long, it wasn’t until the arrival of Steve Blake did all the ingredients begin to blend well on the court. With Blake in the fold, the Warriors have averaged 39.4 points from their reserves, a 15.1-point improvement from the previous 56 games. Just as important, Jermaine O’Neal is healthy, Jordan Crawford can now focus on what he does best (scoring) and Harrison Barnes no longer has to do all of the heavy lifting by himself. Add in Marreese Speights and do-it-all Draymond Green, and the Warriors suddenly have a quality unit that can do far more than just give the starters an occasional rest. Great teams have dependable reserve units, and the Warriors are certainly are moving in the right direction on that front.
DALLAS SCOUTING REPORT
The Mavericks head into Oracle Arena riding the momentum of two straight quality wins. They beat the Trail Blazers last week and followed that up with Sunday’s home win over the Pacers. Headed by Dirk Nowitzki (21.5 ppg) and Monta Ellis (18.9 ppg), Dallas has one of the top offenses in the game. They rank third in offensive rating, but are one of the poorer defensive rebounding teams in the league. Just two games separate the two teams in the West, and with less than 20 games to go in the season, this matchup carries great significance for both clubs. The Warriors have had it rolling as of late, and Tuesday will mark another strong test for the Dubs.
GSW: Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out.
DAL: Jae Crowder (abdominal strain) is out.