Udoh Steps Up; Warriors Take Thriller Against Clippers
Ekpe Udoh made a statement in his first start of the season, finishing with 19 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a 104-97 win over the visiting Clippers on Monday night at Oracle Arena. Monta Ellis led the way with 32 points and four assists and David Lee notched another double-double with 24 points and 13 boards. However, it was Udohs aggressive play that gave the team a much-needed spark, but the second-year big man suffered a sprained left knee during a 9-0 Warriors run that closed out the game. Golden State will now head out on a six-game road trip.
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Points Paul - 24 Williams - 22
Ellis - 32 Lee - 24
Rebounds Evans- 12 Jordan - 11
Lee - 13 Udoh - 8
Assists Paul - 6 Three Tied - 2
Curry - 6 Ellis - 4
Steals Evans - 3 Three Tied - 1
Lee - 3 Three Tied - 1
Mark Jackson On Ekpe Udoh:
He was great, absolutely great. I thought one time he rushed a jump shot, and thats the same shot I told him I want him to shoot this summer but he was great. Offensively on the block, aggressive shooting the jumper, all over the place defensively and stepping up to the challenge by defending Blake Griffin. He gave us a presence and Im just extremely happy for him because he never made an excuse all season long. Had an opportunity tonight and truly took advantage of it.
On Ekpe Udoh Possibly Earning Starting Minutes
The way hes played the last month or so has been great and tonight was the icing on the cake. I thought he had a couple of quarters, during that month, where he didnt have the same presence. But I love his demeanor, love his professionalism and I have confidence in him he was spectacular tonight.
On Execution In The Fourth Quarter:
At the end of the day, we took care of the basketball and we got stops. I believe the score was 97-95 Clippers and we got into lockdown mode we made life tough. When you play great defense teams can score, but we buckled down and closed out the game the way good teams do. What I loved about it was that we closed possessions by pursing the basketball that was the best part of the night. We got it done defensively and took care of the basketball down the stretch and we can grow from that.
On Dominic McGuire's Defense:
Its who he is and he understands that. Some guys just have a gift to do different things on the basketball court, and his gift is, he is a lockdown defender. That doesnt mean a guy cant go by him and score, but Ill take the odds on his ability to stay connected and contest shots. Hes exceptional at it and we knew that right away. We are fortunate to have him because he was another guy at home ready for his phone to ring and he came in from day one and was a presence on the defensive end. To his credit, its awfully tough never knowing when you are going to be called on hes a pro. I dont think hell be sitting at home waiting for his phone to ring next year.
David Lee On Finishing The Game:
I think we got stops defensively and got rebounds. When you do that it takes the pressure of the offense, you dont need to win the game on scoring. We had a couple of great individuals defensive plays and team defensive plays. We were able to get some stops and rebounds. That was the key to the win tonight.
On Ekpe Udoh:
He didnt try to do too much. When we threw it down to him inside he made solid moves and when he got open jump shots he shot them, made a couple of them and he played great defense like he always does. Really, really happy for him. Lets hope hes feeling ok after getting hit.
Ekpe Udoh On Seizing The Opportunity:
Coach always tells me to be confident and shoot that shot. I just went out there and my teammates helped me out a lot with the open shot because everybody else was focused on their man. Im glad I have those type of teammates.
On How He Prepared To Start
Im just ready. It was a big opportunity. I was just telling myself that. Before the game I even got nervous, I got butterflies going crazy. It was a big opportunity to help my teammates as much as possible.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:00 p.m.
US Airways Center Phoenix, Ariz.
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