3-Point Shooting Fuels Warriors Win In New Orleans
A three-point brigade from the Warriors led the way in Wednesdays 101-92 win in New Orleans. Klay Thompson had career-highs of 27 points and five assists and David Lee recovered from a slow start and finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Rush (16 points) connected on four 3-pointers for the Warriors, who shot 14 of 29 from long distance in their ninth road win of the season. The Warriors wont have much time to enjoy the win, as the team will wrap up their two-day, two-game road trip against the Rockets on Thursday.
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Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
It was just a great job of responding. We came on the road and we took care of the basketball, we shared the basketball, and we were disciplined defensively after a tough first half where they dominated in the paint early. We got great effort from guys all across the board. Our young guys in Jeremy Tyler and Charles Jenkins did a great job of giving quality minutes and this is a big win for us.
On What The Team Is Building This Season:
Toughness. Anybody can high five and hug, and say the right things, and keep unity within the locker room when youre rolling as a team. The true test of a team is when you face adversity and when youre under-manned and going through tough times. Do you begin to point the finger or do you grow? And clearly, this is a team that is growing. Im proud of them. There have been some bumps in the road, but Im proud of them.
On Klay Thompson:
Hes a heck of a player, and hes going to be that for a long time. We love and respect Monta Ellis. Part of the reason that made the trade easier is because we had a guy behind him who was ready to play and perform. Hes (Thompson) a special shooter, and hes a guy that competes and defends. He has learned to put the ball on the floor and make plays. Hes unselfish, which is indicated by his career-high tying assists level tonight. Hes just going to be a heck of a player, and hes getting better.
Richard Jefferson On Tonight's Game:
We were shooting the ball well and we shared it. It was good. Im still trying to figure out my way through this offense. The only shots I got are my patented corner threes, and fortunately they fell for me in the fourth quarter to help open things up.
David Lee On Klay Thompson:
I think hes doing a great job. Hes continuing to take good shots, which is most important, and hes getting better at finding guys when hes getting double teamed. He did an unbelievable job tonight. His ability to shoot the ball makes him special. Hes one of the best spot up shooters and catch and shoot shooters in the league right now. Add the feel for the game that he has, and that makes him very difficult to guard.
On Tonight's Game:
We shot the ball well from beyond the three. I thought we did a pretty good job of switching up between man and zone tonight to keep them a little off balance. We were able to make a couple of runs there in the fourth quarter to pull away. I thought it was a hard fought game and we were just happy to get a road win. We needed a win. I dont care who it was against, at home or on the road, we needed to get a win. This team fought hard for it tonight and we got it.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, La.
Thursday, March 21, 2012 5:00 p.m.
Toyota Center Houston, Texas
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