Warriors Fall In Thriller; Monta Scores Career-High 48 Points
A thrilling contest from start to finish ended in disappointment for the Warriors, who lost to the Thunder 119-116 on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Monta Ellis electrified the home crowd with a career-high 48 points and David Lee posted a triple-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, but Brandon Rushs potential game-tying 3-pointer was blocked by Kevin Durant as time expired. Stephen Curry added 16 points and 10 assists on a night that saw Ellis match Kobe Bryants NBA season-high for points in a game. RELATED: FULL GAME STORY | BOX SCORE | VIEW PHOTO GALLERY
Ellis Brings The Thunder
Nightly Notable: Monta Ellis
Curry's Spicy Dish
Spin-O-Rama and the Harm
Mark Jackson Postgame - 2/4
Monta Ellis Postgame - 2/7
Stephen Curry Postgame - 2/7
Durant - 33 Westbrook - 31
Durant - 10 Two Tied - 6
Durant - 7 Two Tied - 7
Harden - 4 Westbrook - 2
Ellis - 48 Lee - 25
Lee - 11 Two Tied - 7
Curry - 10 Lee - 10
Ellis - 2 Two Tied - 2
Mark Jackson On Monta Ellis:
Great overall night. Competed, got it going, was unselfish, read the defense just a great performance by him. I dont want to minimize it to just scoring 48 points he played a heck of a ballgame even down to the last look we live that, we live with that.
On The Second-To-Last Possession For The Warriors:
David (Lee) caught it and I thought he had a direct line drive to the basket turned it down. We got a great look out of it so you cant get upset about that. I trusted him to make the read and got a great look out of it.
On Defending Kevin Durant's Final Shot:
We wanted to keep a body on him we had a foul to give, we didnt use it we played good defense. I dont think he called bank, but he made a tough shot, he made a tough shot. Once again a great player makes a tough shot.
On The Game's Final Play
We had shooters - Brandon (Rush) had a look in the corner and the second option wouldve been Steph (Stephen Curry) we had shooters on the floor. Hes hot and had a great night, but if I was having a good night I would rather have Reggie Miller shoot the basketball from three point land.
Monta Ellis On Scoring 48 Points:
It was just going in for me tonight. Unfortunately we didnt get the win. Our effort was there, we played them hard the whole game and it just came down to one shot.
Hopefully we can continue to play like this to the end of the season.
David Lee On Tonight's Game:
Its definitely tough. Theyre one of the best teams in the league, if not the best. We knew we had to play our best basketball to beat them. We did play our best; its just a little frustrating not coming out with the W.
On Monta Ellis:
He did an unbelievable job tonight. He shot a good percentage and was aggressive the whole game. Thats what he had to do for us and he did it.
Stephen Curry On Fatigue Being A Factor:
We felt good, just a couple of calls didnt go our way. They made some big shots. We did everything we could to stay in the game and finish out but it didnt work out that way. We liked the effort we had, at least the effort we had out there and how aggressive we played. If we continue that, we can be competitive and beat some good teams.
On Monta Ellis:
He was outstanding. Thats who he is. Hes a primetime guy who comes in and plays well. He had it rolling early and often, all the way to the last buzzer. Thats what we expect from him. Hes an All-Star in my book.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
Thursday, February 9, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Pepsi Center Denver, Colo.
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