Team Effort Puts Warriors Past Kings; Warriors Make It Three In A Row
David Lee, Nate Robinson and Brandon Rush led a balanced attack with 17 points apiece, and Golden State ran away with a 115-89 victory on Tuesday night in Sacramento. Dorell Wright added 14 with 10 boards for the Warriors, who placed six players in double figures on the way to a third straight win. Rookie guards Charles Jenkins and Klay Thompson combined for 29 points and seven assists in the victory. The Warriors will look to make it four in a row for the first time this season when they host the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.
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Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
One thing I have learned as a player, as an analyst, and as a coach, is if you defend and take care of the basketball, good things will happen and we did that tonight. It was just a great total team effort. Im awfully proud of these guys because it was an emotionally draining day for us. We had three guys that we are attached to not with us tonight. This is a business, but it hurts. Even though it was an emotionally draining day, they came out onto the court and got after it. It was a big-time win for us.
On The Trade:
We are grown-ups and it hurts, so we are not going to sugarcoat it. We talked about it, we laughed, we cried and then we understood that the mission was still the same, and it was a great win for us. I cant comment on anything officially right now but those three guys (Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh, Kwame Brown) bought into the system from Day 1. I owe a lot to them. People questioned me as a first-time coach, but those guys bought in since Day 1.
On The Goal To Make The Playoff:
There is no other option. It doesnt make a difference who is out there, our objective is still the same. To go out, play Warriors basketball and let the chips fall where they may. The promise (of making the playoffs) remains the same.
On If The Trade Came As A Surprise:
I will not sit here and tell you Im surprised, but hopefully I will never be surprised by anything. We lost some big pieces and the only way we can be better is that each guy has to make that extra percentage; increase their effort. In fairness, with nothing official, we played tonight without a big chunk of our success for the entire season. We have to continue to play with energy, passion, desire and determination to come up with wins. I care about these guys. It hurts to see guys in this business go to other places. I had no problems coaching anyone.
David Lee On The Trade:
It certainly on paper looks that way. We lost two guys that are a huge part of what we do and our leading scorer but all we can do right now is as long as we got to play games were going to go out there and try to win every single game we play. Thats what we did tonight.
What Im going to say right now is Im happy we won this game tonight. We got a tough one tomorrow. Well re-evaluate and see whats going on. Im just going to take this game by game but theres been a lot of changes here in the last two hours. Im just going to say right now that Im really excited about the win and we got a tough one tomorrow.
Dorell Wright On The Trade:
It was very tough. Three of your boys, your brothers, you know somebody that you spend a lot of your time with are gone just like that you know this business is serious. It was definitely tough to go out there especially just to know right before the game, you know what I mean, but its part of the business. We wish all the dudes luck and hope for the best.
On The Goal To Make The Playoffs:
I have no idea. We still have the same goal. Thats to get to the playoffs. Thats three games in a row that we won and I think that were heading in the right direction. So were not going to let anything right now stop us but our main and common goal was in the beginning of the year. We are going to continue to play hard with who we have and guys have to step up. Charles (Jenkins) played well tonight, (Brandon) Rush, Dom (McGuire), everybody -- it was a total team effort and thats what we are going to need. Some guys to have to step up now that one of our best players, Monta, points and things hes done. Ekpe, you know, being back there and posting up players and also blocking shots. Everybodys got to set up.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 Power Balance Pavilion Sacramento, Calif.
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