Warriors Struggle In The Paint, Fall In Houston
Playing in their second matchup of a two-game, two-night road trip, the Warriors fell behind early and never recovered in a 109-83 loss in Houston on Thursday. Richard Jefferson poured in 14 off the bench, but it wasnt enough as the Rockets controlled the glass 48-31 and outscored the Warriors 58-38 in the paint. David Lee chipped in 12 points and five rebounds and Klay Thompson added in 10 for his 11th-straight double-digit contribution. The Warriors will now return home to take on the Sacramento Kings on Saturday in the final Fireworks Night contest.
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Mark Jackson On His Team's Play:
I was very surprised with our play. We are putting high demands on guys, but at the same time we expect energy and effort. For some reason collectively we did not have it. Once again dominated in the paint area, 58 points in the paint; we have to find a way to battle. I know its asking guys to do a lot, but we have to be better. We responded and we bounced back, the problem is we cant just keep having one having one great win and then fall asleep the next game or get out worked. To win games we have to be the hardest working team on the floor every single night.
On Luis Scola's and Chandler Parsons' Play:
Those guys do exactly what you expect them to do, they work extremely hard, make plays, high IQ basketball players. They hurt us tonight
David Lee On His Team's Lack of Energy:
It was a tough game on the road; we were on a back to back. Houston played very, very well and out matched us on the front line. The game started out poor and that didnt help getting of the that bad start.
On Playing Against Luis Scola:
He is a veteran guy; he knows how to use his body and got a shot off. He is a good passer as well, he plays that European-style game and he does a very good job at making his teammates better. He played real well against us tonight.
Richard Jefferson On The Team's Play:
There is no excuse for being tired in the NBA. We have a pretty young team and your body should be able to recover pretty quickly. The last couple of game we havent come out with the right type of intensity. We need to improve on that.
On Luis Scola and Chandler Parsons:
As a team they execute extremely well. When you dont have a strong defense, they are going to capitalize on that. And guys that are energy guys typically play well against us. These guys are energy guys and every game they put it out on the floor. We struggle against those type of players and it was pretty evident the way we played tonight.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 Toyota Center Houston, Texas
Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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