WARRIORS TAKEN DOWN IN GAME 4 (Sunday, May 13) - In a back-and-forth contest that featured 13 lead changes and 11 ties, the Jazz outlasted the host Warriors 115-101 on Sunday. The Game 4 contest at ORACLE Arena marked the Warriors' first home loss of the current NBA Playoffs. Stephen Jackson and Al Harrington each scored 24 points for the Warriors, while Baron Davis tallied 15 points and seven assists. With the Jazz leading 3-games-to-1, the series now shifts back to Utah for Tuesday's Game 5.
Don Nelson On Tonight's Game
“It was a heck of a game until 6 minutes to go. We are not a very good free throw shooting team. You need to be at 80 percent to make it far in the playoffs. We made poor decisions in the open court. We didn’t have enough juice on our screen and rolls. When we did have open shots, we just didn’t make them. We couldn’t handle Boozer tonight. He is a major star in this league.”
Baron Davis On Tonight's Game
“I thought that we just didn’t attack the rim like we were supposed to tonight. I thought after game 3, that we attacked the basket so well, and that tonight we were going to come out and do the same thing”
On The Team's Overall Performance
“I thought we played hard. A little fatigue may have set in. When we made our runs tonight, I thought we were just trying to do too much. And we weren’t playing the team game the way we should have. We didn’t make it difficult for them to defend us tonight, and we didn’t do a great job of defending tonight. And that’s why we lost, that’s the bottom line. We didn’t make them defend and we didn’t defend the way we were supposed to….but you have to give them the credit.”
On What's Next
“They still have to beat us. It’s not like we aren’t going to show up Tuesday. We’re going to come ready to play. We are confident we can get back in the series. We just have to get Game 5. Game 5 is the most important game of our career and if we can get Game 5, then we will come back here for Game 6 and have a better performance at home."
Jason Richardson On Tonight's Game
“I think they just wanted it a little bit more tonight. For some reason, we just didn’t have our game that we normally play, especially myself. I didn’t give anything to this team on either end of the floor. They played a real good game tonight. You can’t deny what they did tonight. They slowed the game down, pounded it in, Boozer had a huge game for them. As far us, we didn’t do what we normally do. We didn’t have any energy tonight.”
On His Performance
“It was very frustrating. Being one of the leaders of the team, you have to find ways to contribute. It might not be an offensive night, but you can’t let guys score on the other end the way I did. I can’t let guys constantly score on me and it’s my fault, I take the blame for this loss.
Al Harrington On Tonight's Game
“The plays that get you are the pick and rolls, we need to be able to cover Deron Williams better. This is the same challenge that we had at the end of the season. We are locked in. We owe it to ourselves to try to get back home for one more game and see what happens”
“I don’t think that we had the same bounce that we did the other night. It wasn’t from another effort but we weren’t able to get in that next gear that separates us from other teams. If we do that we have a great chance of winning."
On Utah's Strategy
“Utah slowed the ball down. Every rebound they walked the ball up and did exactly what they wanted to do.
On What They Could Have Done Differently
“If you look at the stat sheets and there a lot of different things on there that we could have done differently. Free throws were one of those things, but we do need to focus on other aspects and play a better all around game.
Monta Ellis On Tonight's Game
“They pound the ball in a lot and they penetrate and Boozer got a lot of touches. They didn’t shoot 3s until the last 5 minutes in the 4th quarter. They just got the ball in the low post and they did that a lot”
On Carlos Boozer
“Tonight was his night. But that’s why we have film. We’ll go study tomorrow and talk about some things during practice and try and go out and win Game 5.”
On Game 5
“We’ve just go to go out there and give it our all and leave everything on the court.”
Andris Biedrins On Tonight's Game
“They came out and they were a totally different team than in Game 3. They controlled the tempo and we really had a tough time with it.”
On Carlos Boozer
“He had a really great game and that’s what they want. He’s a great player and it’s really hard whenever we double team him because he can kick it out and they can hit the 3- point shot.”
With tonight’s 115-101 loss against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors concede their first lost at ORACLE Arena during the postseason (4-1)...The loss brings the series to 3-1 as they head back to Utah...Prior to tonight’s loss the Warriors had won nine straight at ORACLE Arena...The last time the Warriors lost a game at ORACLE Arena was on 4/7/07 vs San Antonio 89-126.
The Warriors played in front of a franchise record 20,679 fans tonight. It marks the largest crowd to ever witness a basketball game in the state of California. The Warriors are averaging 20,662 fans per game in the playoffs.
The Warriors are now 21-10 dating back to March 5...Overall the Warriors have won 15 of their last 18 games at home.
The Warriors have now posted a 5-5 record in the playoffs against two teams (Dallas 67-15 and Utah 51-31) that registered a combined 118-46 record during the regular season.
Al Harrington made his third consecutive start and registered a playoff career-high 24 points, tied a playoff career-high eight FGMs and pulled down three rebounds...Harrington is averaging 19.3 points and 3.5 rebounds during the Western Conference Semifinals...Harrington is averaging 14.5 points while starting during the playoffs (four starts).
Stephen Jackson finished the game with three rebounds, three assists and a series-high 24 points, 11 of those points coming in the first quarter....Jackson set a playoff season-high 11 free throws made...Jackson is averaging 19.8 points and 3.2 assists over the last five games.
Mickael Pietrus set a playoff career-high with three blocks on the night...Pietrus’ previous playoff career-high was two blocked shots vs. Utah on 5/11/07.
Andris Biedrins tied playoff career-highs with three blocked shots and one assist while adding 10 rebounds and seven points...Biedrins has recorded 10-plus rebounds four times during the playoffs.
Baron Davis finished the night with 15 points and seven assists...Davis is averaging 25.4 points, 7.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds over the last five games.
Monta Ellis came off the bench and scored 15 points in 22 minutes...Ellis is averaging 12.5 points over the last two games.
All five Utah starters scored in double-digits...Carlos Boozer led the team in points and rebounds for the second consecutive night finishing with 34 points and 12 boards.
Derek Fisher finished the night with his series-high 21 points while adding five assists.
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