Warriors Comeback Bid Falls Short In Los Angeles
The Warriors threatened a fourth-quarter comeback but could not make enough stops down the stretch in Sundays 120-112 loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles. David Lee had 27 points, seven assists and six rebounds and Richard Jefferson and Nate Robinson helped cut a 15-point second-half deficit down to one, as they combined for 33 points off the bench. The Warriors were handled on the boards 50-29, but they did match a franchise low with five turnovers. Golden State will continue its road trip against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.
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Wright On Time
Dorell's Hip Shot
Points Lee - 27 Thompson - 18
Rebounds Lee - 6 Biedrins - 5
Assists Lee - 7 Robinson - 7
Steals Jenkins - 2 Two Tied - 2
Points Bryant - 40 Gasol - 26
Rebounds Gasol - 11 Murphy - 11
Assists Sessions - 9 Gasol - 6
Steals Barnes - 2 Two Tied - 1
On Tonight's Game:
I was very proud of the way we fought. There was a point in this game were [the Lakers] were making shots, making plays, they had us on the rope but we battled back. We responded --we put ourselves in position to win the game. They made tough shots, especially Kobe. But thats why hes paid the big bucks.
On Matching Up With The Lakers:
I give [the Lakers] credit. At the end of the day, we had 3 quarters where we gave up 30 or more points. [The Lakers] shot 54 percent from the field, but I cant fault the effort of my guys. Were really close.
On His Expectations For The Warriors:
Im just not going to tolerate games where we dont play with energy and effort for 48 minutes. Were not good enough to play 48 minutes without energy effort quite honestly. Some teams are. But Im proud of this group the way theyve been not just tonight but all year long. Weve had every excuse tailor made for us and never used it. Tonight, once again, we battled.
On Klay Thompson:
Hes a heck of a player. Hes as good of a shooter as anyone in this league and hes only going to get better. Hes not just a shooter. Coming in, people thought that, but hes also a guy that can pass the ball and competes on the defensive end. Hes going to make mistakes -- he made mistakes tonight. But you can live with mistakes when people are playing with energy and effort.
Klay Thompson On Staying Positive Despite Team's Recent Results:
We just need to keep playing hard and play together. Were undersized out there, but we made up for it with effort and we need to keep doing that.
On Defending Kobe Bryant:
I thought I played good defense, but hes one of the better scorers in the world, so hes going to make his shots. He was on tonight and that happens. As far as one-on-one, he made some tough turnarounds and thats what he does.
Dorell Wright On Kobe Bryant:
You definitely know tonight after the game he had yesterday, he was going to come out here, try to be very aggressive and try to make his first few shots. He had a good night and you just have to live with it. Hes one of the best players ever to do this. Guys did a good job on him. He just made real tough shots.
On Team Responding To Lakers Making Shots:
You just have to play hard. When you play hard, you put yourself in a good position at the end of the game to be in the game. If we continue to do our thing and play hard --- we just have to play a 48-minute game --- well be fine
David Lee On Tonight's Game:
I dont think the game was lost in the fourth quarter. The game was lost in the third quarter when they made a nice little run. By the time we fought back, we had to play perfect basketball. They made some tough shots down the stretch.
On The Team's Approach In The Final Month Of The Season:
At this point, were trying to finish the season strong. We made some trades and we have some guys injured. At this point, were trying to continue to play our last games with as much intensity as we can and get as many wins as we can.
On Mixing Up Their Defense Against The Lakers:
Theyre 28th in the league in three-point percentage and obviously, they have an advantage in the post. Coming in, you know that were going to mix in some zone and try to force them to shoot contested outside shots. Tonight, give them credit cause their shots were going in. I thought we hung in there well considering, but I wish we could have found a way to get the win.
Sunday, April 1, 2012 Staples Center - Los Angeles, Calif.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 5 p.m.
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