Warriors Comeback Spoiled In Final Minute
The Warriors came back from a 16-point deficit and took a fourth-quarter lead, but clutch shooting from Kobe Bryant proved to be the deciding factor in tonights 104-101 loss to the Lakers at Oracle Arena. Brandon Rush went off in the second half, scoring 21 of his 23 points after the intermission. David Lee totaled 23 points and nine rebounds and Klay Thompson maintained his scoring run, chipping in 20 points while dishing a game-high seven assists. The Warriors will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on the New Orleans Hornets.
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Mark Jackson On Tonight's Game:
I totally understand that we are playing the Los Angeles Lakers with a guy thats an absolute assassin. When you look at the roster, when you look at the starting lineupI think it would be safe to say that the Lakers would drill us. The bottom line is, at the end of the day, I have a bunch of guys that compete, get after it, work extremely hard, have tremendous pride and we gave ourselves a chance. Im playing guys out of position and even out of that position. Im proud of them and I told them that. Im extremely proud of them.
On Dominic McGuire:
Its shocking to me that a guy like him was at home waiting for a phone call without a job. Anybody that wants to win and wants to develop a culture of winning - the phone should have been busy every time you tried to call. Everything weve asked him to do hes done it. The guy has played every position for us, when I hear a coach say that Im like oh hes exaggerating this guy has played every position for us offensively, hes defended every great player weve faced whether it be playing 20 minutes, 30 minutes or just 10 seconds at the end of the game. Hes a winner. Hes an absolute winner. We are fortunate to have him and hopefully we can keep him around.
On If The Could Have Defended Kobe Bryant Better On His Last Two Jumpers:
No. The guy is an incredible basketball player, in the discussion with anybody that has ever played. Thats exactly why he gets paid the big bucks. You love to look at the film and say what could we have done better? The defense was outstanding and the contest was outstanding. Ill take great offense over great defense any day of the week. Give him credit and move on.
David Lee On Dominic McGuire:
Hes done a great job for us; hes done everything that Coach has asked him to do. Tonight he played point guard and guarded everything from two through five. Hes done that a lot of nights for us. The biggest thing with Dom (McGuire) is hes a great locker room guy and hes a guy thats going to give a lot of effort every time hes on the floor and he provides a lot of stability for us especially defensively.
On Tonight's Loss:
Our team fought hard. Its not an excuse. We were up two with whatever to go and we have to find a way to get stops. The best player in the world (Kobe Bryant) hits two shots on us over great defense. Its unfortunate.
Dominic McGuire On Playing Point Guard:
Its fun. I dont have to worry about scoring; I just have to try to find our scorers out there.
On Kobe Bryant's Shots At The End:
We had two hands in his face and he still hit those shots. Thats Kobe (Bryant). Hes done that over and over again. It was great defense by us but better offense.
Brandon Rush On Being Emotional On The Court:
I was a little emotional out there today. Its something a little bit out of my character but things were going my way, knocking down shots and getting to the rack. I was playing good defense on the other end and I let my emotions get out. It was an intense game and things happen like that.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Oracle Arena - Oakland, Calif.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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