Warriors Fall In Back-And-Forth Duel
In a game that featured an NBA season-high 25 lead changes, the Warriors wound up falling to the visiting Pacers 94-91 on Friday. Monta Ellis led the way for the Warriors, scoring 25 points. Stephen Curry returned to the Warriors lineup for the first time since January 4 and scored seven of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. (The NBA has since announced that a missed kick ball violation took place with 5.4 seconds remaining in the game.) The Warriors will continue their homestand when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday in a Family & Friends contest.
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Points Ellis - 25 Wright - 18
Granger - 26 West - 18
Rebounds Lee - 14 McGuire - 8
Hibbert - 17 West - 7
Assists Ellis - 6 Robinson - 5
Collison - 9 Two Tied - 4
Steals Lee - 2 Thpmpson - 1
Three Tied - 2 Three Tied - 1
Mark Jackson On second-to-last possession:
We flattened it out and looked for him (Monta Ellis) to make a play and he had it going. In that situation you have an option to call a timeout or not - I had the ball in my best scorers hands and I felt good about it. I didnt want to give them an opportunity to call a timeout and prepare their defense. At the end of the day18 assists and 18 turnovers - and they scored 21 off of our turnovers. We have to be a better basketball team than weve been. Thats just not going to cut it.
On the Pacer frontcourt:
They were better. Thats what it boils down to, tonight they were better. On the boards, in the paint we didnt do the job.
On Stephen Curry:
I thought he was good. A couple of turnovers, a couple of careless plays but I thought he looked good. Fortunately, he got out of it healthy and I thought he got a great look at the end of the game. I thought he looked a little fatigued so I got him out early, but I was happy with what I saw. Its good to have him back.
On Danny Granger:
He has very good size for a small forward, three point range, can post up and he had it going. They used him in a variety of ways and he hurt us.
Stephen Curry On being back from injury:
It felt great. It was tough being out for two and half weeks but it felt good to be back out on the floor and didnt have any problems with the ankles. It was a good night back but not the outcome of the game.
On second-to-last possession:
You would like to have the possession back but you have to realize you dont want to be in that situation to begin with, especially at home. Many plays before that we couldve got a couple more stops, couple more rebounds to control the game down the fourth in the stretch. We just didnt win that game.
Brandon Rush On second-to-last possession:
We have to be able to close out games and we didnt do that.
On Pacers frontcourt players:
They have some big dudes down there in (David) West and (Roy) Hibbert and (Tyler) Hansbrough comes off the bench who gives them a spark. They are a tough team.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Monday, January 23, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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