Ellis' Big Night Spoiled In Defeat
A brilliant outing from Monta Ellis was spoiled in the Warriors’ 121-112 loss to the visiting Rockets on Monday night at Oracle Arena. Ellis had the hot hand all night, scoring 44 points on 15-of-20 shooting while also dishing out a team-high seven assists. Ellis led a second-half run that briefly gave the Warriors the lead in the fourth quarter, but the Rockets’ clutch shooting and 17 fourth-quarter points from Kevin Martin sealed the game’s fate. David Lee had 19 points and six rebounds for the Warriors, who were also sparked by the play of rookies Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin. Seeing his first extended action of the season, Udoh tallied five points, seven rebounds and four assists in 25 minutes, while Lin’s tough defense helped the Warriors get back in the game. The Warriors won’t have much time to dwell on the defeat, as they play the back end of a back-to-back on Tuesday in Sacramento.
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Monta Ellis tallied his third 40-point game of the season and second against the Rockets on Monday. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty)VIEW PHOTOS
Keith Smart On tonight's game:
“This guy is playing at a great level for us, he is our All-Star. He’s playing every night, every practice. You dream for a guy like that who’s going to bring it hard and play at a high level every single night and practice at a very high rate. Being here with him so long and watching the evolution of him as a real count-on person, one that you can count on every night knowing he will play hard. Some nights he may not play well, but he’s going to try and do the right things.”
On a lineup with Jeremy Lin, Acie Law and Ekpe Udoh:
“I was searching for energy. I was searching for energy in the building, energy on the floor. And those guys did it. They got us right back in the game, got us right on their heels of trying to win the game. They did a great job, Ekpe (Udoh) played great. Like I said he was going to get a chance to play and he played fabulous. He did things on both sides of the floor, a dunk on one side, and sprinted to the other end. That unbridled enthusiasm as a young player is what you want and he blocked the shot at the other end. He’s going to be a fine player for our team in the NBA for a long time.”
On playing Jeremy Lin:
“I had no plans (to use him). I looked down there and just felt…the guy works every day. Everyday he calls the coach and he’s in there in the early morning working in the gym and I can’t overlook that. I got to look at guys that work hard and want to work hard all the time and he does that. He’s going to make his mistakes, but he works hard and tries to do what you want him to do and tries to defend some people. Again he came in with that group to try and get us back in the game, it was my intention to not play him tonight but he got in and that was it.”
Monta Ellis On tonight's game:
"We have to stay focused as a team and hopefully get over this hump. We have a couple of guys still down, key guys, but we're competing. It just didn't come out our way. They made a lot of big shots down the stretch and they won the ball game."
On Ekpe Udoh:
"He did a heck of a job offensively and defensively. He had an all-around game tonight. He brought the energy and did everything I expect he'll do when he gets a lot of minutes to play."
David Lee On Ekpe Udoh:
"Ekpe (Udoh) came on and had his first (game) where he had an extended amount of minutes and did a good job. He is very active. The biggest thing for him is to get into complete game shape so he can do it for a long extended period of time. He can be a guy this year that can help us out. He has a great work ethic."
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