Warriors Fall In Final Seconds Playing the first game of a three-game homestand, the Warriors wound up on the losing end of an 88-87 contest against the visiting Jazz when Monta Ellis narrowly missed a runner at the buzzer. Ellis finished with 32 points and six assists on the night. Playing without Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle), the Warriors received a solid effort from their bench, with Brandon Rush (14) and Nate Robinson (11) scoring in double figures. David Lee, meanwhile, finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds. The Warriors will now have two days off before hosting the Miami Heat on Tuesday.
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Points Ellis - 32 Rush - 14
Hayward - 18 Jefferson - 15
Rebounds Lee - 15 Brown - 7
Favors - 10 Jefferson - 8
Assists Ellis - 6 Robinson - 5
Hayward - 4 Millsap - 4
Steals Ellis - 1 Rush - 1
Jefferson - 3 Two Tied - 2
Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
I told the guys you think that the game was won or lost by Monta Ellis runner, but thats not real basketball. We didnt execute two, two-on-one fast breaks. We didnt close out possessions defensively and we didnt gang rebound and we allowed them second shot opportunities. We made mistakes and turned the ball over. Give us one of those plays back and we win the ballgame. Those are winning plays and so many players seem to ignore those plays because the one that is shown is the runner in the lane. We lost the game before that.
On how they build after tonights game:
Its a processits a process. You have to keep on working, keep on preaching. You have to find guys that believe in the message and are willing to do whatever. No need to hold our heads down, were going to be fine. Weve got to make it happen, nobody is going to hand deliver us a win.
On Monta Ellis maybe going too late on final shot attempt:
Thats his read, my only concern in that situation is that they had a foul to give, but once he realized they were playing straight defense I cant be upset with that. He got a great look. The guy is doing everything I ask him to do on both sides of the basketball and he has the ball in his hands and gets a quality look. Its just a tough bounce.
Nate Robinson On what coach wanted on the last play:
We got the ball to our go to guy, Monta (Ellis), we will live with a shot like that, hes made that plenty of times in his career as Ive been watching. The ball just didnt go in. Coach wanted to call a play for the iso at top; he got what exactly what we needed but it just didnt go in.
On what keeps them believing that things will turn around:
We come in and we do what we love to do and thats play basketball. As a team and as a unit we know we can do it. We just have to figure out a formula that works, period. Coach does a great job drawing stuff up, we have to do a better as a team on executing exactly what he wants. We have to continue to keep playing hard.
David Lee On defense playing well but offensively struggling:
Part of that comes from having a guy like Stephen Curry whos not in right now who provides some more scoring from the perimeter for us, makes us deeper as a team. Its frustrating just because were sitting here 2-6 we can easily be 4-4 or 5-3. Im going to be really frustrated until that next win. During this losing streak nothing seems positive at this point.
Dorell Wright On how disappointing it is losing a close game like this:
Its very disappointing. Rewind the tape; its not the first time, the past two games. We just have to find a way to get better.
We have to take care of the basketball at any point of the game. We have to get better all around; its just not one thing.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
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