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Warriors-Nuggets Game Recap - 2/9/11
Box Score Game Recap Game Photos Postgame Quotes Game Highlights


Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
February 9, 2011


Warriors Edge Nuggets 116-114
Playing the final game of their season-long eight-game homestand, the Warriors hung on for a 116-114 victory over the visiting Nuggets on Wednesday. The contest came down to the final seconds, but Denver center Nene was unable to hit a jumper as time expired, giving the Warriors their 23rd win of the season. Monta Ellis scored a game-high 37 points on the night, shooting 16-of-30 from the field and nailing a big three-pointer late in the fourth quarter. Dorell Wright just missed tallying his first career triple-double, finishing with 23 points 11 rebounds and eight assists. David Lee notched 16 points and 12 on the night, while Reggie Williams scored 18 points off the bench. The Warriors will now travel to Phoenix, where they will face the Suns on Thursday. Fans can enjoy drink specials, meet the Warrior Girls and watch the game with other fans at the Warriors Road Viewing Party.

Monta Ellis scored 37 points on the night in the Warriors' winning effort. (Garrett Ellwood/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Warriors Legend: Rick Barry

Count It


Ellis - 37
Anthony - 29
Biedrins/Lee - 12
Harrington - 8
Wright - 8
Lawson/Smith - 6
Wright - 4
Three Tied - 2

February 10 - 6:00 p.m.
US Airways Center
Phoenix, AZ
TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 680

Road Viewing Party

Current Streak: Lost 4

This Season:

12/2/10: L, 101-107
2/7/11: L, 92-104

Tim Roye's Game Recap

Keith Smart
On Denver's final possession:
You dont know what they can possibly do in that setting. Sometimes you call a timeout and maybe the team can lock into what you may run, and I think sometimes you can get something better when you push the ball. An opportunity that the young point guard (Ty) Lawson could have taken it to the basket, but those things happen. If (Chauncey) Billups was in the game you may have done something else, but Im not worried about them not calling a timeout. I was excited we got the win.

On The Warriors defense on the last possession:
I was pleased with that (our defense). One thing they knew was that we had to get back until they called a timeout, so I was happy we got back and loaded up to the ball and that a pass had to be made to the other side of the floor. They did find the five man (Nene) and we did a good job by staying in the hole and forcing the kick out and that couldve been a big shot if Nene knocked that down.

On Monta Ellis:
I said before, the thing that he wasnt doing a little bit was driving to the basket and moving the ball around. But that was going to come, the guy is one of the top scorers in the leagueits going to happen. Youre going to go through those lulls a little bit, but hes going to find a way to get back because he has the ability to drive, to pull up for jumpers and on occasion shoot and make the three. When you have those three areas of the floor where you can make plays, youre always going to have a chance to stay in the game and work yourself out of a slump.

On the Overall Defense:
If we can keep developing and be a fourth quarter defensive team I think youre going to have a chance. The team has a way of finally locking in when its crunch time. Theyve done a good job with that over the last couple of games. The problem that I have with our group is that we spot the team x number of points. But thats the only problem that I have from time to time and I have to do a better job like I did tonight. I saw it was looking kind of ugly and I called a timeout right away. We did a good job of being able to get some separation in the third quarter and I think that propelled us to a victory.

Monta Ellis
On bouncing back from the Phoenix game:
We did a great job. We got careless with about five minutes left in the game but we found a way to stick together, make some shots and get stops on the defensive end.

On the 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter:
Luckily it went in, gave us a five point lead. At the same time it came down to the defensive stops.

On Dorell Wright:
He played great. On the offensive end he did a great job down the stretch on Carmelo (Anthony), he made him take tough shots. He rebounded the ball and almost got a triple-double. He was just awesome tonight.

Dorell Wright
On having energy to focus on both offense and defense:
I am just happy I get the opportunity to guard those guys..you know a player like Carmelo (Anthony) who can score from anywhere on the floor in different types of ways. I think we did a good job. The bigs were great with coming and helping. We were good with coverage and things like that. He had 29 points but I think we still did a great job on him.

On The Final Play:
It was so weird how the game ended. I didnt know what was going on. We were all looking like what is going on right now because when Nene shot the ball the horn went off. I didnt know what was going on. Im happy he took the shot, a step back or whatever he was doing instead of one of their other weapons.

Reggie Williams
Reggie Williams Postgame Interview

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