Thompson And Lee Combine For 54; Comeback Falls Short At Home
The Warriors mounted a fourth quarter comeback but ultimately fell short in Thursdays 112-103 loss to the Mavericks at Oracle Arena. David Lee led the way with 30 points and eight rebounds while Klay Thompson stuffed the stat sheet with 24 points, seven boards and eight assists. Nate Robinson chipped in 10 points and dished six assists off the bench in the defeat, which came on the second annual Bollywood Night at Oracle Arena. Golden State will now travel to L.A. to take on the Clippers on Saturday in a matinee contest.
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Mark Jackson On Klay Thompson:
It was awfully impressive seeing him crashing the boards. With his size and athletic ability I thought he started off battling, but it seemed like his feet were in quicksand. He did a great job of bouncing back and having an outstanding all-around game on defense, sharing the basketball and scoring the basketball. There is no question about his talent and his future.
On The Second Half:
At halftime I was very disappointed with our effort. I believe seven games in ten days physically I can understand we were drained, but there is no excuse. We, for some reason, in the first half were a step behind on every play defensively. You can just see sometimes as a coach and as a playerwe couldnt fool ourselves. We got in at halftime, we talked about it and the way we played in the second half is what we expected in closing out the season. We battled, gave ourselves a chance we had some breakdowns, but the energy and effort was certainly there.
On The Play Of The Rookies:
Klay [Thompson] is obviously very advanced. Hes the one that has played the most, been in the most battles and there is a reason why he was the number 11 pick. Charles [Jenkins] has come along as a proven guy that defends. He can run a show, can score and make plays. Jeremy [Tyler], whos had the least amount of time, has shown some bright spots. I think overall tonight Jeremy [Tyler] had a tough time and Charles [Jenkins] had a tough time trying to keep [Rodrigue] Beaubois in front of him. Those guys have had some bright spots for us. I think this, overall, helps because it speeds up the process.
Klay Thompson On Tonight's Game:
We gave up 112 points. Thats too many. We gave up over 100 points in the last three games and thats inexcusable.
On Trying To Improve On Defense In The Final Weeks:
Play harder, have more focus, take pride in our defense, take pride when somebody scores on you and get offended. Thats what we need to do.
On Trying To Grind Out Games Late In The Year:
Its not difficult for me at all because I enjoy competing. We are all trying to get wins here. We just need to keep fighting - not getting blown out. We just have to keep working.
Charles Jenkins On Tonight's Game:
You dont come out to play with a losing mentality. You just have to come out and play hard and unfortunately the last few games havent gone the way we wanted it to. If we came out with a losing mentality I dont think the results of the game would be as close. We dont come out with that mindset. We come out to play the best we can and try and get a win.
On The Frustration Level Of The Team:
When you play the best you can the game gets so close and then it gets away from us. Its frustrating. It doesnt matter how many games are left you want to win as a competitor.
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Oracle Arena Oakland, Calif.
Saturday, April 14, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Staples Center Los Angeles, Calif.
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