WARRIORS FALL IN SERIES OPENER (Monday, May 7) - In a thrilling game that featured 16 lead changes and 20 ties, the Utah Jazz triumphed over the Warriors 116-112 on Monday night. In the opening game of the series between the two teams, the Jazz came out on top behind 17 points and 20 rebounds from Carlos Boozer. Baron Davis tallied 24 points and seven assists for Golden State and helped lead the team's fast-paced attack. Matt Barnes and Jason Richardson each notched double-doubles, while Al Harrington scored 21 points on 8-14 shooting. The teams will meet again for Game 2 on Wednesday night.
Don Nelson On Tonight's Game
“Well the first thing, I thought it was a really good game. We played our hearts out, played as well as we could play tonight. I think we can play better than we did tonight but we didn’t play poorly that’s for sure, played hard and I thought the Jazz won the game. Good win for them. We’ll have to go back to the blackboard and reassess what we need to do.”
On Al Harrington
“Well I was hoping that I would get new life out of him because he wasn’t able to play much against Dallas, and he knew that I was looking for him to do something and he rose up the occasion and I thought really played well on the offensive end. I need more rebounds from him and a better defensive presence but on the offensive end he was aggressive and I liked his play and that’s one of the reasons he played 26 minutes tonight.”
On Deron Williams
“It was incredible, he was so good. What didn’t he do? He did it all. He guarded, scored, led. He did it all, that’s why I like watching him so much,”
Stephen Jackson On Utah
“They always play fast. If you watch Utah they run the lanes well, they cross well. Utah plays fast. They get out and run, and they cross. They’re one of the best executing teams in the league. Let me say that. We took them out of a lot of their stuff, but they made adjustments.”
On His Last Three-Point Attempt
"I missed a shot. We had a chance to win the game, and that's why we lost. I had a good look, Baron made a great pass."
On His Speed And Athleticism Posing Problems
“It wasn’t to effective tonight. (Andrei) Kirilenko was blocking shots like (Dikembe) Mutombo tonight, so it wasn’t too effective, but we had a chance to win the game. That’s all you can ask for in the playoffs.”
Matt Barnes On Tonight's Game
"We know we took a giant down, but our work is not done yet. Utah's a great team and we're going to have another tough series."
On His Finger
“It just hurts. I broke it like two months ago, so catching the ball hurts, but I’ve just got to shake it off. It was alright.”
On What The Warriors Need To Do To Win Game 2
“Cut down on turnovers - 16 turnovers, that’s not like us - and rebound. They’re a big, strong team and you can’t give them second chances because they’re a great offensive team. It’s only Game 1. That’s why you play seven games and we still feel very confident that we can get Game 2.”
Al Harrington On Tonight's Game
"I just think we had a couple of mental lapses. Tonight, on their floor, we just couldn't afford to do that. We had a great opportunity to win. A couple shots here. A couple shots there. We could have easily won this game, so there was a lot of positives we can take from it. There’s a lot of little things we can get better at.”
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