WARRIORS WIN, CLINCH SERIES CONVINCINGLY (Thursday, May 3) - The Warriors ran away with a 111-86 victory over the Mavericks, clinching their first round playoff series. Golden State went into half time holding a 52-50 advantage, but put the game away in the third period when they outscored Dallas 36-15. Stephen Jackson led the third-quarter charge, connecting on all four of his three-point attempts in the period. He had 33 points to lead the Warriors, who will face the winner of the Utah and Houston series in the 2007 Western Conference Semifinals.
Don Nelson On His Post-Game Feelings
“This is a pretty special place to be right now.”
On Stephen Jackson
“Stephen is a heck of a player and you hope nobody holds his past against him. He’s a very emotional player, the only one who can stop him on the court is himself. He’s just a marvelous player on both ends of the court.”
On Baron Davis
“We ended up having to go to our zone because they were attacking Baron and he pulled his hamstring and he couldn’t guard very well. I told my team we were going to have to get better in the zone because we were going to have to stay in it the remainder of the game … I didn’t expect to get Baron back in the game. I just figured I would play him as long as I could and go after the win today and not worry about tomorrow. I wanted to give him every opportunity to win the game.”
Baron Davis On Stephen Jackson
“I told him (Stephen Jackson) I’ll give it all I got and I didn’t want to be the hardest worker out there. He had to carry me. He is the leader of this team and if you ask anyone on this team, he is the heart and soul of this team. He is a big-game performer and he knew just how important this game was. He is the only one on our team to have won a championship, so we had to feed off of him.”
On His Injury
“I was a little nervous about my return but I got some great treatment from our trainers. I was able to come back and just give what I could. I wasn’t as explosive as I was earlier in the series, but I knew I could go out there and play a good floor game.”
On The Fans
“There is nothing better than to have the whole arena behind you. Whether there were Dallas fans there or not, you couldn’t hear them because we have the loudest fans in the NBA.”
Stephen Jackson On His Performance
“I wanted to be aggressive and Baron came out and told me he wasn’t feeling that well and he wanted me to carry him. I wanted to stay focused and not worry about calls. It’s a blessing in the skies to play with Baron. Me and Baron have been friends for years. We are just each other’s backbones, so when he told me tonight he didn’t have it, I knew I had to bring my focus and stay in the game. He told me that in the mid 2nd quarter. I love challenges like this.”
On The Series
“We respected them during the whole series, and we still have a lot of work to do. This is good for the city, great for the organization and great for the team. As a team, being together from halfway through the season to now and what we accomplished is great but we still have work to do.”
Jason Richardson On The Series
“It feels great, that’s the only thing I can say. I don’t know if I have to pinch myself or wake up from this dream but this is everything I wanted. I wanted this for our fans, for this organization, for ourselves. We worked hard and we deserve this.”
“We silenced our critics a while ago but people are still counting us out and we took care of business tonight. We definitely shocked the world tonight.”
Matt Barnes On His Feelings
“It feels good – it’s been a long season. It’s been a rollercoaster for me, from barely making the team, to really helping out in the playoffs. This is a good feeling right now.”
On Stephen Jackson
“Incredible. I think at one point he was seven for seven from the three-point line. But we have a lot of weapons on this team and if somebody is not hitting, somebody else is going to step up, and that’s what makes it so good.”
On The Series
“That’s what I said at the beginning of the playoffs … that we were going to shock the world. We did that, but it’s only one step, and we have a lot talent and a lot of heart, and we’re looking to do a little bit more damage before we are done.”
With the 111-86 win tonight the Warriors take their first playoff series since beating San Antonio 3-1 during the 1990-91 Western Conference First Round...The win gives Golden State their sixth consecutive win at ORACLE Arena vs the Mavericks including all three games during the series.
The Warriors become only the third eighth seed in NBA history to defeat a number one seed in the first round of the playoffs and the first eighth seed to ever beat a one seed in the best-of-seven format since it was adopted in 2003.
With the loss, the Mavericks’ 67 wins (sixth most in NBA history) becomes the largest win total by a team during the regualar season to lose in the first round of the playoffs.
The Warriors played tonight’s game in front of the all-time single-game franchise record crowd at ORACLE Arena of 20,677...This marks the third consecutive home game in which the team has established an all-time record in attendance, topping the 20,629 for Game 1 (last Friday) and the 20,672 for Game 2 (last Sunday)....This also marks the largest crowd to ever witness a basketball game in the state of California.
Stephen Jackson registered a Warriors playoff franchise record with seven three-pointers made in a game while setting a career playoff-high of 33 points...The previous Warrior record was four three-pointers made held by four Warriors the last being Chris Mullin vs Phoenix on 4/29/1994.
Jackson’s seven three-pointers falls two shy of the NBA playoff record of nine three-pointers in a game held by (Rex Chapman, April 25, 1997), (Vince Carter, May 11, 2001) and (Ray Allen, June 1, 2001).
Baron Davis came back from a strained right hamstring to finish with his 20 points to go along with 10 rebounds and six assists...Davis has scored 20-plus points five out of the six games during the series...Davis averaged 25.0 points, 5.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds.
Matt Barnes made his first start of the playoffs and set career playoff-highs with 11 rebounds,seven assists and scored a playoff career-high tieing 16 points...Barnes averaged 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists during the series.
Andris Biedrins set career playoff-highs with 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks to give him his second career playoff double-double.
Jerry Stackhouse went 4-6 66.6% 3FG in the first quarter setting a Mavericks playoff record for 3-point FGMs in a quarter by one player with four...The previous playoff-high was three 3 FGMs done several times with the last one being Jason Terry when he went 3-4 75% 3FG in the third quarter on 4/30/05.
Devin Harris set a career playoff-high nine assists...Maurice Ager set a career-high of 10 points on the night.
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