Fourth-Quarter Comeback Attempt Falls Short In Los Angeles The Warriors trimmed a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit down to three but could not make enough plays down the stretch in Friday's 97-90 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. Playing without Stephen Curry and Andris Biedrins, the Warriors had the lead at halftime but 18 turnovers and substandard free throw shooting cost the team dearly. Monta Ellis (18 points, 10 assists) and David Lee (15 points, 11 rebounds) had double-doubles and Klay Thompson added 14 points off the bench for the Warriors, who return home to host the Jazz on Saturday.
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Points Ellis - 18 Lee - 15
Bryant - 39 Gasol - 17
Rebounds Lee - 11 Brown - 6
Bynum - 16 Gasol - 11
Assists Ellis - 10 Robinson - 4
Bryant - 7 Fisher - 7
Steals Ellis - 5 Four Tied - 1
Gasol - 2 Barnes - 2
Mark Jackson On Kobe Bryant:
Hes playing great. Very aggressive, carrying that team offensively and hes their lone play maker. Hes playing great but thats no surprise, thats who he is.
On Building On Tonight's Game:
Well tomorrow nights another game and we get out of here and get ready for it, take care of business. Were on our home court and theres a great opportunity to get a victory.
On The Performance Of Dorell Wright:
He had some shots and he looked like his old self. Hopefully he can build on it because we need him.
On His Technical Foul:
I asked for a technical foul because my guys were working their tails off and I refuse to watch them fight and come up on the short end.
Kwame Brown On Defending Andrew Bynum:
Hes a grown man now. Hes grown into his body well. Hes a lot more physical now than when he first came in, I just kind of know his moves. Its really difficult when you post Kobe Bryant and you have to take your body off of him because he is so long at the rim so I just tried to keep my body on him the whole time. It allowed Kobe Bryant to go one-on-one a lot more than we wanted him to.
That was my young fella. I taught him everything he knows. Im one of the better defenders in the league and we played against each other every day in practice. I told him, If you can score against me, you can score on anyone.
On Being Out-Rebounded By 13:
It was poor rotations. When you have arguably the best player in the game one-on-one on the block against anybody, its kind of hard to take your body off Andrew at 71 or off Pau at 71. If you move your body they walk you under the rim. They have a great scheme going with posting Kobe.
David Lee On Kobe Bryant:
A lot of their shots they were making in the fourth quarter were Kobe Bryant fade-aways from 17 feet. Thats a tough shot to defend. They got to the foul line a lot, Kobe did in the fourth quarter. He had a very good game tonight but he was really the only guy tonight that killed us statistically. Its tough when he has a night like that.
On Defending Lakers Big Men:
I think for the most part we held Bynum and Gasol in checkWe can take that away but its about getting stops as a team. Its not about which guy does it. The fact of the matter is that Kobe had a big game and he played well.
Monta Ellis On The Team's 2-5 Start:
This is a long season and we have a lot more games to play. Were going to turn the corner eventually. Its just a learning experience right now. I feel great about this team. I love my teammates and were going to get better every day.
On The Team Missing Stephen Curry:
We have to go out there with the guys that weve got. He is a big part and we know that, but hes not here right now so someone else is going to have to step up. We just have to stick together.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Staples Center Los Angeles, Calif.
Saturday, January 7, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
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