The Warriors suffered a tough loss on Friday night, falling to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers 103-94. Despite getting off to a torrid start in the first quarter, the Dubs were unable to maintain that lead in the second half. Stephen Curry scored 27 points and dished out eight assists on his 26th birthday. David Lee added 16 points and five rebounds, while Draymond Green tied a career-high with 18 points to go with nine boards coming off the bench. The loss drops the Warriors record to 41-26. They’ll look to rebound on Sunday when they take on the Trail Blazers in Portland.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“Just a bad loss for us. Disappointing. We started the first quarter 32-16 with everything going our way, but when you allow a team to begin to make plays, one play turns into two and then you allow guys that can score the basketball to get it going it will come back to bite you. We have to do a better job of when we have teams on the rope putting them away. Just a bad loss. After the first quarter I think they outscored us 87-62. Everything went bad.”
On the Warriors' defense tonight:
“We just didn’t get after it like we normally do. We stopped trusting each other. It’s the responsibility of-if I’m a guard defending Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters I may not get up as much because my help is not there. All of a sudden they get it going making shots. Collectively we didn’t do the job and that’s disappointing because that was the first time in a long time. Everything was going our way so that was what was bad about it.”
On his message to the team after the game:
“Just talking about it. These are games-you could lose them because they are a talented enough basketball team, but you can’t lose it that way. We’ve got to get better.”
On this being a possible trap game:
“No, if you look at the names on that roster you know they have some talent. It’s not tough at all when Kyrie Irving comes into your building. Luol Deng is a proven guy and Spencer Hawes is playing at a high level. Dion Waiters has the ability in pick-and-rolls and isolations to make plays and we know what (Jarrett) Jack is capable of doing. We can’t lean on the excuse that we looked down or past them, we knew exactly who they were and who they are. They outplayed us. Just a disappointing loss. We have to own it and look forward to Sunday, but we can’t feel good about tonight.”
On missing Klay Thompson tonight:
“We are a no excuse basketball team. We are good enough to win this ballgame and that’s the bad thing about it.”
On if you can teach a team to put away an opponent:
“It’s not easy in this league. It’s not easy at all. When you have them in position you don’t give away possessions. There are times that we did that by turning it over or allowing them to get a fast break, or a bad foul or shot. All of a sudden you turn a 16 point lead into an eight point game and they think they have life. It’s a process and you develop it. We will get there and there is no question about that.”
David Lee
On starting strong and letting the game get away:
“We got off to a really good start tonight which has been what we’ve had trouble with and lost some of these games. That’s been our biggest problem, starting with bad energy. From that point on when we were up about 15 or so, they made some plays and when it got to be a closer game I think their energy was better than ours.”
On Cleveland being the aggressor:
“They contested shots well at the rim. I had some that I got some contact on and also some that I should have made that I just missed. Like I said, they were the aggressor in the second half and I think a lot of times the whistle goes to the aggressor, rightfully so. We just didn’t play a good game on either end, top to bottom on the roster. You give a team like Cleveland life, with guys like Kyrie Irving and [Dion] Waiters, and guys like that who are capable of getting hot, you can dig yourself quite a hole quickly.”
On rebounding from bad losses:
“We have a strong team and we’ve done a good job, coaches have, of helping us learn from our mistakes we made in the previous games and then as a team we’ve rallied and been able to come back and play better in the games afterwards. So we just need to make that a habit and go into Portland ready to get a victory on Sunday.”
Andrew Bogut
On not overlooking any opponents:
“No, we can’t have any excuse for that. We lost to a team that is getting better, give them credit. They’re playing better basketball the last month. They just outhustled us and outworked us for three quarters at home. If we want to go where we talk about going and be not just a first round playoff team but hopefully a team that can progress throughout the playoffs, we’ve got a long way to go.”
On rebounding from this loss to face Portland:
“We really have no choice. The West is getting tighter and tighter by the minute. There were some key losses that helped us tonight but once you start looking at other teams too much I think it hurts your overall performance. Portland is a little banged up so it’s a bit of a trap game as well. I think LaMarcus [Aldridge] might be questionable for our game, might miss that game. He’s their All-Star and best player but we need to come into there with the right energy and go for the win and bounce back.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“We came out blazing the first quarter and got to the big lead and just weren’t able to sustain it. Once they got on a roll we just couldn’t get enough stops in a row to get the momentum back on our side until we cut it to what, eight or nine in the fourth. At that point it’s great to get the crowd back into it but you have to do so much to get over the hump that it’s too late. Terrible loss coming off a tough one down in L.A. We’ve just got to be resilient again and find a way to get one on Sunday; that’ll be a big game for us.”
After seeing their five-game winning streak come to an end on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the Warriors will return home to host the Cleveland Cavaliers. This will be this season’s second and final head-to-head meeting between the two teams, and the Warriors will be looking to sweep the season series after coming back from 17 points down and winning 108-104 in overtime in Cleveland on December 29. That game occurred during the Warriors’ 10-game winning streak, and they’ll certainly welcome the start of another one of those as they bear down on the closing stretch of the regular season. GET TICKETS
The Warriors ran out of gas Wednesday night, falling to the Clippers 111-98 in Los Angeles. The game was close the entire contest until the final minutes, but after playing last night, the Warriors didn’t have enough to put them over the top. Klay Thompson led the team with 26 points on 10-of-19 shooting, including four three-pointers. David Lee scored 20 points and hauled in seven rebounds, while Stephen Curry notched another double-double with 13 points and 11 assists. GAME RECAP
The marquee matchup of Friday night’s game will be at the point guard position with a pair of All-Stars going head to head. Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving are the top two scoring point guards in the NBA, and each are having their best season of their young career. Curry, who will be celebrating his 26th birthday on Tuesday, has been held to below 20 points in six-straight games, but he does rank fourth in the NBA with 8.6 assists per game. Like Curry, Irving is the most important factor in his team’s success. He’s Cleveland’s leader in scoring (21.5 ppg) and assists (6.3 apg), and he is adept at getting to the basket. Irving was the All-Star Game MVP in New Orleans last month, and his battle with Curry on Friday will certainly be something to watch for.
David Lee has been one of the most consistent performers on the Warriors this season. He’s second on the team in scoring (18.5 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg), and he’s been incredibly efficient in his time on the court lately. Lee has shot better than 50 percent in 10 of the last 13 games, including at least 60 percent in three of the last four. Lee has a +/- rating of +7.1 (fifth in the NBA), meaning the Warriors out-score their opponents by 7.1 points per game while Lee is on the floor. That’s a telling stat, and the Warriors will continue to count on Lee for his continued production during this closing stretch of the regular season.
The Cavaliers come into Oracle Arena after picking up a road win in Phoenix on Wednesday night. Cleveland will be playing the second of three straight games on the West Coast, and the team is currently looking to get back in the postseason picture. Prior to Wednesday’s win, the Cavs had lost four straight games, and they are currently three teams and three and a half games behind the final playoff spot in the East. Cleveland was one of the most active teams in the trade market this season, acquiring Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes before the trade deadline, both of whom have put up some solid numbers with their new club. In addition, Cleveland has very capable scorers in Dion Waiters (14.4 ppg) and former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack, who will return to Oracle Arena for the first time since last year’s NBA Playoffs. The Cavs have boasted one of the NBA’s top defenses over the last month and change, so the Warriors will certainly have a test on their hands on Friday night.
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Injury Report
GSW: Klay Thompson (family reasons) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out.

CLE: C.J. Miles (left ankle sprain) is TBD. Anthony Bennett (left patellar tendon strain) and Carrick Felix (left patellar stress fracture) are out.