Warriors Let One Slip Away In Home Loss To Grizzlies
The Warriors suffered a heartbreaker of a loss, falling 91-90 to the Grizzlies on Monday at Oracle Arena. Golden State let a 20-point lead slip away and was out-scored 39-22 in the final quarter. Monta Ellis had 20 points, Stephen Curry added 18 and David Lee contributed 13 points and 12 rebounds in the defeat. The Warriors turned the ball over 24 times leading to 27 points for the Grizzlies, who pushed their winning streak to seven games. The Warriors will return to action on Wednesday when they host the Trail Blazers in another Family & Friends contest.
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Points Gay - 23 Conley - 20
Ellis - 20 Curry - 18
Rebounds Gasol - 11 Gay - 9
Lee - 12 Curry - 6
Assists Conley - 9 Gay - 4
Robinson - 6 Three Tied - 5
Steals Allen - 5 Gay - 3
Curry - 3 Three Tied - 2
Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
I believe what we witnessed in this league you think its over and you begin to freestyle and adlib and all of a sudden you give a team hope and life. When we started that fourth quarter, we couldve knocked them out and they wouldve been ready to play their bench guys and surrender, but we didnt when we had the chance too. They fought back, give them credit. They battled, they got underneath our skin, and we didnt respond individually or collectively.
On The Grizzlies:
They got underneath our skin and we no longer looked to be aggressive. More importantly, Im not concerned about anything offensively, we gave up 39 fourth quarter points, we gave up 16 fast break points all of them in the 4th quarter. Those are glaring issues. We gave up ten second chance points in the fourth quarter. We allowed them to take over this basketball game.
On Watching The Team Lose A 4th-Quarter Lead:
Ive been in this league a long time and Ive been part of teams that gave away leads and Ive been part of teams that surged back and won games. I know how realistic it is to win or lose a ballgame when you are clearly dominating going into the fourth quarter. Its disappointing because we are a team that needed a win; were a team that was playing very good basketball up until that point. We have to realize you have to play every possession, you cant think Were up 16, I can try this behind the back pass weve got to learn to keep our foot on the gas pedal at all times.
Stephen Curry On Tonight's Game:
Its a tough finish. We controlled the game for 36 minutes. The turnovers and rebounds killed us. It was poor decisions by the guys who are supposed to be running the offense. We wanted the win so bad, we needed it. We had control of the game and they started to make a run, we kind of tighten up. No excuses. We needed to win that game.
On Letting The Grizzlies Off The Hook:
Theyre were couple of times in the game. One time was in the second quarter when we were up 19 or something like that and we let them back to a 9 point game at halftime. We got back to where we started in the third quarter. Just the fourth quarter we didnt put our foot on the pedal and played on our heels. We made bad decisions.
Dorell Wright On How He Feels About The Loss:
First thing that comes to mind is unacceptable. Were up 20 against a good team and you have to close games out, you have to finish games and thats the bottom line. No one is going to feel sorry for you. We have to play a whole 48 minute game. Its not acceptable at all to give up a 20 point lead, shoot 50 percent, turn the ball over 24 times and lose a game. We need to stay together and get better.
On If They Let Their Foot Off The Gas Pedal:
We didnt finish game, you can call it whatever you want to. We have to get stops when we need them, rebounds when we need them and stick together as a team and play hard. Thats the main goal. Were not going to talk about the playoffs or whatever it is. We need to finish games, thats what playoff teams do. Memphis who is a playoff team, play hard, came back and won.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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