Warriors Pull Off Epic Comeback In Minnesota
After trailing by as many as 20 points in the first half, the Warriors stormed back into the game and held on for a 97-94 road win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday. Engaged in a classic battle with Kevin Love (29 points, 12 rebounds), David Lee came through with a season-high 31 points and eight rebounds. Charles Jenkins came up huge in the fourth quarter, scoring what turned out to be the game-winning basket with 20 seconds left. Jenkins finished with 19 points and seven assists for the Warriors, who conclude their four-game road trip on Friday in Utah.
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Mark Jackson On The Win:
"It says a lot about who we are. We're going to battle and compete. This was a big time bounce-back win. We played a team in their building, coming off a tough loss for us. They had everything going for them, up by 20 points. We could have easily folded the tent. Give our guys credit, they bounced back and made plays. The third quarter was huge for us. Our offense was clicking, our defense made plays. We were communicating and battling. Great individual and collective effort."
On Turning The Game Around:
"I think it was a little of both. Coming out of that locker room in the third quart we scored the basketball, got great looks and got stops. We defend and we gave them different looks. Went zone a couple of times. Overall it was a combination of defensive intensity and offensively we executed."
On Stopping Kevin Love:
"You don't stop him, he's a great player. We tried to limit his touches. Fronting a little bit, trapping him, getting the ball out of his hand and forcing other players to beat us. We know he can do it, he's a heck of a player."
Charles Jenkins On The Winning Shot:
"With eight seconds on the clock and me being as aggressive as possible, one step was all I needed to get to the basket."
On Learning From Coach Jackson:
"It starts with him. He has given me the confidence to make plays in clutch situations and that time I knew with eight seconds left on the shot clock, I had nothing to lose if I made an aggressive move to the basket. So, I was fortunate the basketball went in."
Klay Thompson On The Win:
"We shared the ball real well and just looked for each other. First half we were just missing shots, easy shots that we usually make and it's going to happen. But, we battled through it. We did a good job battling adversity, we really needed this win."
On Getting This Win With Such A Young Team:
"Every game is a new experience because we're so young and wins like this are going to help us grow. We need wins like this going down the stretch. Charles came up so big for us tonight by making real big plays in the key. It was great for us to come out with this because it's going to help us grow as a team."
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 Target Center – Minneapolis, Minn.
Friday, April 6, 2012 – 6 p.m.
EnergySolutions Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
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