Warriors-Heat Game Recap - 1/1/11

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AmericanAirlines Arena
Miami, FL
January 1, 2011

Strong Start Spoiled In Defeat
The Warriors opened the 2011 portion of their schedule with their best half of the season, but couldn’t maintain the momentum in a 114-107 defeat to the star-studded Miami Heat. Playing his first game in Miami as a visitor after spending six NBA seasons with the Heat, Dorell Wright guided the Warriors to a hot start with 14 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter. Wright knocked down four of his five three-point attempts in the first half, helping the Warriors lead by as many 20 points. Monta Ellis had 25 points and seven assists, and David Lee added another double-double, but Miami tightened up its defense in the second half after allowing the Warriors to shoot 63.6 percent from the field, including 10 of their first 12 three-point attempts, over the first two periods. Now 1-2 on the current five-game road trip, the Warriors will stay in Florida and take on the Orlando Magic on Monday.


Former Heat player Dorell Wright scored 14 of his game-high 30 points in the first quarter. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Half-Court Shot

Wright - 30
James/Wade - 25
Lee - 12
Bosh - 11

Ellis - 7
James - 10

Curry - 3
Ilgauskas/Wade - 2


January 3 - 4:00 p.m.

Amway Arena

Orlando, FL

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)

Radio: KNBR 1050

Current Streak: Lost 5

This Season:


2009-10 Season:

12/5/09: L, 118-126

3/3/10: L, 90-117


Keith Smart
On tonight's game:
“I don’t think those kind of guys (the Miami HEAT Players) are going to stay and let a game get that far ahead. They are going to get within their strengths, and they came out a little bit more aggressive. They got to the basket and forced the issue a little bit more, which is what they do. That’s what they have done their whole careers.”

“I am proud of our guys – how they competed after coming off last night’s game, and had a chance in this game. We need to get off to a good start in the game, and we got off to a good one.”

On Dorell Wright:
“He’s going to be under control. He’s a heady guy, and he wasn’t going to try and do too much. I think he didn’t force shots, and took what was available for him. I think he did both, drove the ball and play out of a set offence. He also shot his normal three point shot. I thought he did really well. I heard a comment that said, ‘I didn’t think he could do all that.’” I think we see a lot that this young man can do, and I’m glad that I have a chance to coach the guy because he has another window to go through. I think for 6 years of his career he played within a certain window. I think he has another opportunity to move his game through another window. It is pleasant to see how he is moving, and playing very well for us.”

Dorell Wright
On tonight's game:
“We played together as a team. Guys were making shots and getting stops on defense.”

“When you’re playing a good defensive team, you need to match their energy.”

On returning to Miami:
“[Miami’s] my second home, having been here for six years. I was very excited and ready to get out there.”

“This organization has done nothing but good things for me. They’ve always been behind me. I’ve learned so much being here. I’m happy to come back and showcase everything I’ve been learning.”

“One thing I learned [playing for the Miami Heat] was working on your individual game.”

“The [Miami Heat players] show a lot of love. They know what I’ve been through. I think I have great friends here.”

David Lee
On tonight's game:
“It was a good first half. We knew they were going to make a run. Not only did they make a run but they did it with the clock stopped because of how many foul shots they took. They got more aggressive [on defense]. They trapped off the pick-and-rolls. They forced the ball out of mine and Stephen [Curry’s] hands. Shots that were falling in the first half weren’t falling in the second [half].”

“The [Miami Heat] are at their best in the third quarter.”

“Each game’s going to have its challenges. We know that if we play well we can beat anyone. If we don’t play well we can lose to anyone. Game by game it’s going to be a battle.”

On Dorell Wright:
“He’s played great the last five games. He’s an unbelievable player. He shot the ball very well tonight. And we expect that from him every night.”

“[Dorell Wright] gave his best effort. It’s underrated how difficult sometimes it is to stay focused when there’s all that stuff on the side.”

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