Thompson Scores Career-High 31 As Warriors Win Nail Biter
Klay Thompson went off for a career-high 31 points to lead the Warriors to a 111-108 victory over the visiting Kings on Saturday night. In front of a sellout crowd at Oracle Arena, the rookie shot 50 percent from the field and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. David Lee capped off another big night with 22 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. To top it off, Warriors Season Ticket Holder Omar Ortega knocked down a half-court shot for $10,000 in cash. The Warriors will look to continue the hot shooting against the Trail Blazers on Sunday night.
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Mark Jackson On Klay Thompson:
“The guy is a heck of a player, a prototypical shooting guard. Great at coming off of screens, thought he was aggressive taking high percentage shots and he was unselfish. Defensively he’s underrated because he battles – I thought he played an outstanding game.”
On The Final Few Possesions:
“We made some mistakes and we are going to makes some mistakes when you think about being down to our third string point guard and not having a backup point guard and asking Dominic McGuire to play point down the stretch. He’s a guy that has played every position for us this year. The thing I like about is even after David Lee got the five second call we were in the huddle saying ‘it’s OK, it’s alright…let’s get this stop’ that’s what winning teams do. It’s easy to point the finger and to say ‘Why didn’t you cut? Why didn’t you come to the ball? Why didn’t you toss it inbounds?’ the dialogue in that huddle was ‘Ok, let’s get a stop’. That’s what winning teams do and it was awfully impressive.”
On Charles Jenkins:
“He can flat out play. Every time I have asked him to be ready, he’s been ready. He’s a guy that shows up early, stays late, puts the extra time in and he’s figuring it out. He made two dynamic passes to David Lee – I thought he played very well and he battled defensively.”
On Changing Tactics Defending Demarcus Cousins:
“We battled and we decided to play some zone and give him different looks- the zone was very effective. The guys did a very good job of multiple effort plays and by that mean, our perimeter guys were able to tag him or soft double team him and keep him off balance and stay at home on their own man. A lot of the time you get guys not committed and they only do one or the other; tonight we were locked in and helped each other. It was a thing of beauty the way we communicated.”
On Mickell Gladness:
“I thought he played very well. A big body, went after every shot - a big live body. He rebounded, finished at the rim – I thought he played very well and it was good to see.”
David Lee On The Forced Turnover Of Isaiah Thomas:
“I just tried to switch that pick and roll just because if we didn’t, we would’ve had DeMarcus Cousins going down the middle of the paint. So I just tried to switch that pick and roll and my plan was to keep him in front, he tried to cross me over and he lost the ball. The biggest thing I was trying to do was force him to shoot a contested jump shot and not let him get by me.”
Klay Thompson On Getting More Attention On Offense:
“When you have 31 points through three quarters it’s going to happen to anybody, you just have to stay consistent. I didn’t do a good job in the fourth quarter tonight but that’s what my teammates are for.”
On His Confidence:
“It’s always going to be high. If you want to succeed in this league you have to be confident. You really have to be confident in the game; you can’t let anybody tell you you’re not good enough because if you want to succeed and want the team to succeed, everybody always has to be confident and act like they belong out there.”
On Feeling It Out There:
“With Steph (Curry) out of the lineup our scoring took a big hit so we just have to do it collectively and I just try to play my game. I have to be aggressive because if we want to win I have to score and be a threat out there. When I’m a threat out there it opens opportunities for everybody.”
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.
Sunday, March 25, 2012 – 6:00 p.m.
Rose Garden – Portland, Ore.
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