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Warriors-Magic Game Recap - 1/3/11
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Amway Center
Orlando, FL
January 3, 2011

Second-Half Struggles Costs Warriors
For the second-straight game, the Warriors put together a brilliant first half but could not maintain the momentum down the stretch in a 110-90 loss to the Orlando Magic. Playing without Andris Biedrins (sprained left ankle) and David Lee (bruised lower back), the Warriors got contributions from throughout the roster in the early going and led by nine at the half. The tide changed immediately in the third quarter, as Orlando connected on eight of its first 11 three-point attempts and outscored Golden State by 29 in the second half. Monta Ellis led the Warriors with 20 points, seven rebounds and four assists, Dorell Wright had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists and Stephen Curry added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in the defeat. The Warriors will wrap up their five-game road trip on Wednesday when they take on Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets.

Stephen Curry had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in the Warriors' loss to the Magic. (Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Wright With The Rainbow

Ellis Hangs And Hits


Ellis - 20
Howard - 22
Ellis - 7
Howard - 17
Curry - 5
Turkoglu - 10
Three Tied - 2
Turkoglu - 5

January 5 - 5:00 p.m.
New Orleans Arena
New Orleans, LA

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 1050

Current Streak: Won 1

This Season:

2009-10 Season:

12/23/09: L, 102-108
1/27/10: L, 110-123
3/8/10: L, 131-135
3/17/10: W, 131-121


Keith Smart
On tonight's game:
Maybe we can just play a half and go home because we played very, very good basketball against two very, very top elite teams and for whatever reason we didnt come out in the 2nd half to play at the level necessary to win. You know good teams like that are going to play at a different level. Of course they made some shots and by that time the game was back in their favor.

On whether Magic raised their level of play in 2nd half:
I just think they made shots. When youve got to deal with Dwight Howard whos going to make plays its going to force your team to have to help in ways that you dont really want to help.

On Hedo Turkoglus performance:
He can play. Hes a very, very skilled guy. He can shoot the basketball. Of course hes 610 so he can see over people. Hes a willing passer. And then when hes open, he makes shots. Hes a talented player. This team is at a level where theyre trying to compete for the ring. Were trying to make ourselves into a position where one day we can be the same way.

Dorell Wright
On tonight's game:
We can compete with the better teams in the league. We just need to play a full 48-minute game. It doesnt do us any good to play one half and come out sluggish in the second half.

They are a veteran team. That is what they do. They know when to turn it up. They made us make a few mistakes in the second half and that is what good teams do.

When you have a presence like that in the middle, the leading shot blocker, and a guy who can touch the top of the backboard you have to go in there and try and dribble penetrate and get guys open shots. We tried to do that and we did that the last two games. We did a good job with that, but we have to play a whole game.

Monta Ellis
On tonight's game:
The third quarter is slipping from us. We have to continue to play like a team and see what we can do to turn it around and get back to playing like we used to in the third quarter. One half doesnt really mean anything. That is why it is 48 minutes. We have to play smarter down the stretch and come out with more energy in the third quarter. We have to grind it out as a team and continue to grow.

On defending the Magic:
He (Howard) has shooters all around the floor. With him him scoring in the paint you will have to honor that. You also have to honor the shooters, so you dont know what to do. They made shots tonight and came out on fire in the second half and took the game out in the fourth quarter.

Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
They knocked down some huge threes (second half) right out of the gate. We went cold in those first three minutes and couldnt protect the lead. They played pretty fluid on the offensive end and we had a hard time guarding them. They knocked down a bunch of threes and when they are doing that, they are tough to stop especially with Dwight who you have to pay a lot of attention to.

On losing leads in each of the last two games:
We had huge leads but werent able to get back into our flow in the second half. Both teams (Heat and Magic) have made huge runs in the first three minutes and that is so important in order to keep the momentum on our side. You cant give them that kind of momentum with so much time left especially on the road and when you are short handed. We will learn from this.

It is a big body (David Lee) that we needed. We missed him for eight games before with his elbow and got that rhythm going when he got back into the lineup so it is just an adjustment you have to make. On the offensive end, he (Howard) has to guard Dave and what he can do with spreading the floor, and making plays off the dribble and with his back to the basket. We missed things on both ends.
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