Warriors Fall In Utah
The Warriors wound up on the losing end of a 104-98 contest Friday night in Salt Lake City. David Lee continued his streak of impressive play, notching another double double with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Klay Thompson heated up in the second half, scoring 21 of his 23 points after the intermission. Jeremy Tyler added in a new career-high 14 points while Charles Jenkins dished seven assists in the defeat. The Warriors will now head home to take on the Denver Nuggets Saturday on Go Green Night at Oracle Arena.
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Mark Jackson On The Loss:
Give my guys a lot of credit. They battled, hung in there, made big plays. At the end of the day, we have three rookies out there playing a lot of minutes for us. I thought the energy and effort were outstanding. We gave up too many transition points and we turned over the basketball 17 times which is a recipe for disaster on the road. Al Jefferson made big plays and Devin Harris got hot.
On The Warriors' Offensive Game:
I thought we were very good offensively. We executed, got what we wanted down the stretch defensively, (the Jazz) made some plays. (Al) Jefferson has made a living on the block and scoring. And Devin Harris hit some tough shots.
On Klay Thompson's Shooting:
Im really not worried about Klay Thompson. I know hes going to be fine. Hes as good a shooter as there is in this league. Hes learning night in and night out. I thought it was an outstanding performance by him tonight.
David Lee On The Game:
Well I think they had two weapons the entire night. Al played a great game inside and the big thing that killed us, it seems like every time it got close Devin Harris, who is a streaky three-point shooter but can get it get going, definitely got it going in the second half and made a bunch of big shots.
On Competing For The Playoffs:
These are two teams that play hard and were always it seems going to have to close games against one another and were always going to compete to the end and the Jazz, whether theyre going for a playoff spot, will play that way also .
Klay Thompson On The Game And The Biggest Difference In The Fourth Quarter:
We were hungry, too, they just made good plays. I mean we tried to double down Al Jefferson because he was hurting us and hes one of the better post scorers in the game so that seemed necessary. Devin Harris did a good job of getting open shots and so did Gordon and we just got to give it to them, they just made plays.
On The Urgency To Win:
We were fighting, too, and we outrebounded one of the better rebounding teams in the league so that just speaks to how hard we played. They made good plays at the end and executed in the fourth quarter and we got to do a better job of that. We did some good things out there, but made too many turnovers.
Friday, April 6, 2012 EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah
Saturday, April 7, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
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