Warriors Fall In Oklahoma City
Playing the first game of a two-game, two-night road trip, the Warriors wound up on the losing end of a 110-87 contest in Oklahoma City on Friday night. David Lee scored 23 points for the Warriors, but it was not enough as the Thunder used a big second quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish. Dorell Wright tallied his third double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Warriors will now travel to Memphis, where they will face the Grizzlies on Saturday night before returning home to host the Clippers on Monday.
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Curry To Ellis
Mark Jackson Postgame - 2/17
Points Lee - 23 Four Tied - 11
Harden - 25 Durant - 23
Rebounds Durant - 10 Collison - 8
Wright - 11 McGuire - 8
Assists Durant - 6 Jackson - 4
Curry - 4 Ellis - 4
Steals Westbrook - 3 Two Tied - 2
Eight TIed - 1
Mark Jackson On the second quarter:
Second straight game, second quarter hurt us. Portland had a big second quarter and tonight we give up 38 points in the second quarter. We got some good looks, first time in a long time weve struggled to make shots. Disappointing loss, good news is we get to play Memphis (tomorrow). Other than the second quarter, I thought we did a good job.
On missing shots:
Its a make or miss league and we just missed some shots. Going down the line, you know, Dorrell (Wright) missed shots, Brandon (Rush) missed shots, Klay (Thompson) missed shots. Guys were used to seeing make shots, missed good looks. But at the end of the day the second quarter hurt us. 38 points in the second quarter, thats when they separated from us and we did not take care of the basketball.
On David Lees effectiveness:
I guess hes just been doing what hes been doing all year. Hes going to get more than 25 (points) at some point. Hes a heck of a player.
David Lee On the first half:
That is their strength. If you let up for one second, they will go on those 6 or 8-0 runs. That happened to us in the second quarter. We had a couple turnovers that led to their fast breaks. Once they get up 10 or 12, you are fighting an uphill battle the rest of the way and that is what we did tonight in that second quarter. Another horrible second quarter for us defensively.
On the game:
We cannot give up 38 points during that second quarter whether we are making shots or not. Now you look at halftime though, we are getting out rebounded by one or basically it is even on the glass, they had more turnovers than we did, and those are two of things we came into the game stressing. We have to rebound as a team and we have to limit our turnovers to keep them from fast breaks. So we did some of the things we talked about, but I mean they hit some tough shots. They put up a huge second quarter. If we could have kept them down to fewer points in the second quarter, then we were down three or four at half, maybe that would have been a different game but they also played well in the third quarter.
On the Warriors backcourt:
I dont worry about them making shots. Monta (Ellis) and Stephen (Curry) are both great players. They are both going to do just fine for us. They were just a couple of off games for both guys. Monta has been a little sick and Stephen has had just a couple off ones. Im sure theyll play great tomorrow night. They will both have 30 and we will be talking about it. I have faith in those guys.
Friday, February 17, 2012
Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, Okla.
Saturday, February 18, 2012 5:00 p.m.
FedEx Forum Memphis, Tenn.
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