Warriors-Trail Blazers Game Recap - 4/5/11

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Rose Garden
Portland, OR
April 5, 2011


Warriors Earn Impressive Road Victory

Three days after defeating the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors took down another Western Conference playoff team, defeating the Trail Blazers 108-87 on Tuesday night in Portland. After heading into halftime tied at 47, the Warriors outscored the Blazers 61-40 in the second half. Monta Ellis scored 30 points on 11-19 shooting, David Lee tallied 29 points and 20 rebounds, and Stephen Curry finished with 28 points and eight rebounds. The trio helped lead the way all night and combined to outscore the entire Blazers team. Ellis reached the 30-point plateau for the 21st time this season, whlie Lee's double-double was his 34th of the year. It also marked the fourth 20 point/20 rebound game of Lee's career. The Warriors will look to push their winning streak to three games tomorrow night when they host Kobe Bryant and the L.A. Lakers .


Monta Ellis scored 30 points for the 21st time this season. (Sam Forencich/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Trail Blazers
Ellis - 30
Two Tied - 17
Lee - 20
Aldridge - 12

Ellis - 5
Aldridge - 4

Three Tied - 2
Wallace - 3


April 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena

Oakland, CA

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)

Radio: KNBR 1050

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Keith Smart
On playing the role of spoiler:
“We had the focus on what it is that we have to do. Maybe the players felt that and wanted to do that as well, but they really want to have a good team. They are really trying to show that with how they are going out to play every game, and how they’re coming to practice at this time. We know that we’re not there yet. We know we need some more valuable pieces to our team to be consistent every single night. But they are laying the foundation, and that’s what we’re trying to do. So every game we play is not so much how we want to be a spoiler—that’s how we’ve been in the past. We’re looking for something bigger now. We’re trying to do something bigger. We’re trying to establish a way of how we play, an identity of how we want our team to move forward, and that’s what those young men are doing.”

On the defensive plan against Portland:
“We wanted to pack the paint a little bit, but we also wanted to contest their shots because they do have the potential to get real hot. But we knew that it had to be a paint game for both teams. We had to take away their paint opportunities, and we also had to make them ourselves by getting to the basket and being a paint scoring team, getting offensive rebounds… all those things that help you win games on the road. That’s something that we haven’t been able to do consistently to win on the road.”

On what changed for the team after halftime:
“The coaches and I, we were all in our coaches’ locker room. We were talking about what we were going to do for adjustments in the second half, and we heard through the door the players were talking about what they wanted to do. David Lee spoke up and said that he wanted to guard [LaMarcus] Aldridge by himself. All those guys started talking—Steph[en Curry], Monta [Ellis]—they all started talking at halftime about what they wanted to do. I’ve been dying for leadership from our team, from someone to step other than myself or the coaches. You give them a plan, as a coach, but when the players step up and say that they want to do something, they now take ownership. They can’t blame me—they have to blame themselves if it doesn’t work, and it worked out really well.”

Monta Ellis
On tonight's game:
“It was a great game. We did everything that coach wanted us to do. We played hard, played aggressive and played for 48 minutes tonight, and we came out with the win.”

On players speaking up at halftime:
“We saw things that we could do differently than the first half, so the second half we made the adjustments that David Lee could guard LaMarcus by himself, and it worked out in our favor.”

On the offense in the third period:
“We took what the defense gave us, and my shots were just going down. We made a lot of tough shots, and made a lot of big shots, and tonight was just our night. We never took our foot off of the pedal, and we rode it all the way out for the last 24 minutes in the second half and pulled away.”

David Lee
On playing LaMarcus Aldrdige one-on-one in the second half:
“I just thought they’re such a good cutting team—in the first half when we were not doubling but helping a lot from the baseline—they got a few easy lay-ups. I said at halftime that I want to guard him head-up, and if he hits a couple then we can always adjust, but I just tried to do my best on him. He’s a very good player, and we were able to pull away in the second half doing that.”

On the offense in the third period:
“We were aggressive to start the game driving the basketball, so then that opened up our jump shots in the second half. We’re a talented offensive team, especially when we’re hitting outside shots. Monta and Steph hit some good ones, and I just tried to finish around the basket when I had the chance.”

David Lee Post-Game Interview

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