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Warriors-Rockets Game Recap - 10/27/10
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Oracle Arena
Oakland, California
October 27, 2010

Ellis Scores 46 In Opening Night Win
The Warriors rode a big night from Monta Ellis en route to a thrilling 132-128 Opening Night win over the Rockets on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Ellis tied a career-high with 46 points, which was the most points scored by any NBA player in an opener since Michael Jordan scored 54 on November 3, 1989, and the most by a Warrior on Opening Night since Wilt Chamberlain had 56 points on October 23, 1962. Stephen Curry and David Lee also had big nights with double-doubles for the Warriors, who out-rebounded Houston 45-39. Golden State shot 55.4 percent from the field, and much of that can be attributed to Ellis, who was an impressive 18-for-24. Opening Week at Oracle Arena will continue on Friday when the Warriors host the Clippers in a Pacific Division showdown that will include the first Family & Friends ticket offer of the season.

Monta Ellis matched a career-high with 46 points in Wednesday's Opening Night victory over the Rockets. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS
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Game Highlights

Warriors Intro Video

Nightly Notable: Monta Ellis


Ellis - 46
Scola - 36
Lee - 15
Scola - 16
Curry - 11
Brooks - 7
Ellis/D. Wright - 2
Brooks/Jeffries - 2

October 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 680

Family & Friends Offer

Current Streak: Won 1

2009-10 Season
11/6/09: L, 90-118
2/10/10: W, 132-102
3/28/10: W, 121-103
4/10/10: L, 104-107


Keith Smart
On Monta Ellis Scoring Tonight:
This young man has made a complete turnaround in his life, and once your life is in order things start to work perfectly for you. His relationship and his life are in great order, and the guy has been ready to play since the summer working with Coach Silas in Memphis, and he's carried that over when he came into town early and hes done that through preseason. Hes also been teaching. There was a point in practice yesterday, I was getting ready to explain to explain something I saw, and right then he stepped in, and thats growth. Hes also trying to do it (score) in an efficient way, I cant say how glad I am to be coaching this guy at this particular point in his career."

On Monta Ellis Efficient Scoring:
At halftime he was 10-13 and he was scoring in an efficient way. Hes not wanting to have the ball in his hand a lot, but hes taking shots in the area where he shot the ball from a couple of years ago, the mid-range pull-up. Hes just got to understand that he has a unique skill where he can shoot the three; he can put it on the floor for the mid-range pull-up and get to the rim.

On Stephen Curry:
He took care of the ball, not having the careless turnovers. As I said during preseason, Im not worried about Steph. Hes a smart player, hes going to figure stuff out. I have to keep him actively engaged in the game and not settle for being a passer, because there is so much he can do for the team.

Monta Ellis
On Tonight's Game:
Just happy we got the win. It was just one of those games where shots were going in early on and then they just kept falling.

On Stephen Curry:
Thats what he has to do. We have to work off each other. They were playing us a little different, coach ran a play for us and they picked up what we were doing, then he noticed that what they were doing. Thats what he has to do. When I am going like that and come out the game and hes in the game, he has to make offensive plays like he did tonight.

On Winning Opening Night:
Its a relief. Weve been going through preseason and training camp for this moment right here. To get the first win to start the season off in the right direction says a lot.

David Lee
On Tonight's Game:
We didnt do too many good things on the defensive end, but one thing we did do well was that we out rebounded them tonight. They actually shot under 50%, but we let them get to the free throw line 52 times which was a problem. A problem we have to clean up. Offensively we played pretty well and I thought our energy at the end of them game carried us through.
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