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Warriors-Trail Blazers Game Recap - 12/25/10
Box Score Game Recap Game Photos Postgame Quotes Game Highlights

Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
December 25, 2010

Warriors Win On Christmas Night
The Warriors used a big fourth quarter run to seal a 109-102 victory over the visiting Blazers on Christmas Night at Oracle Arena. Playing their first-ever Christmas home game, the Warriors ended the game on an 18-5 run to secure the victory. Monta Ellis had another stellar performance, scoring 39 points and handing out seven assists, while also providing several highlight-reel finishes at the rim. Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence (ankle injury) and finished the game with team-high 11 assists. David Lee scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Dorell Wright finished with 16 and eight. The Warriors will now have one day off before hosting the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday in a game that features a special Family & Friends Offer.

Monta Ellis finished with 39 points and seven assists in the Warriors second-straight victory. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Monta's Ridiculous Layup

Monta's Spike

Caroling With The
Golden State Warriors

Season Of Giving Feature

Warriors Holiday Memories


Ellis - 39
Matthews - 25
D. Wright - 8
Camby - 13
Curry - 11
Miller - 15
D. Wright - 3
Two Tied - 2

December 27 - 7:30 p.m.
Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA

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

Family & Friends

Current Streak: Lost 2

2009-10 Season:

12/14/09: L, 101-117
2/23/10: L, 102-110


Keith Smart
On building momentum:
I think the one thing thats glaring for us right now is that we are pushing up the numbers on our transition game. We get our rebounds the way we did here, we only lost the rebound battle by one in the second half, despite the 20 in the first. But we are getting to that point where we can start running, but the defense created those opportunities for us. Yes, we want to keep building on this, the big win in Sacramento, the win tonight, and now we have another one coming on Monday and we will get ourselves ready to go again."

On Curry & Ellis:
Its good to get one of our guys back tonight in (Stephen) Curry. Not rhythm-wise of course, nobody would be ready to be himself shooting. He (Stephen Curry) wont miss those shots when hes on his game, but it was good to get him back. And of course Monta Ellis is just playingthe fans chantinghes our MVP and hes moving into the selective group of players in the NBA that play at high level every single night, and thats what hes done.

On playing defense against LaMarcus Aldridge:
We mixed it up. I think you saw him looking for where the double team was coming. I think a couple of times after a timeout, our dead play that we will have a couple of calls that we will use and I think that may have helped us a little bit. But also I think David (Lee) did a good job getting him off the low post and then (Ekpe) Udoh and Louis (Amundson) - I think all of our bigs had a good opportunity to keep him from getting right to the soft spot and I think we did that with him.

Monta Ellis
On tonight's game:
We take it for what it is. We keep on playing for 48 minutes. We will take a win however way we can get it and keep building everyday. We are getting a lot of guys back. Once we get our whole team back its going to be different. We just have to hold it down until we get key guys back. Steph (Curry) came back today and hopefully Andris (Biedrins) comes back during the road trip. Like I said, we're going to turn it around.

On Closing Out the 4th Quarter:
We got after it. We played defense. We contested every shot. We did everything to win this game.

David Lee
On tonight's game:
Thats the mark of a good team, teams that can close games out. Especially at home we need to find a way to win those games. We had tough ones in the beginning of the year but now we have won a couple in a row. So if you could win those games thats the difference between being a 35 to 40 win team, to a 50 win team. Its amazing how many games go down to the last six to eight points.

On Closing Out Games:
We have a better idea. I think at the end of the games we are doing a better job of keeping our offense simple. When we have had that lineup we have had in the last two games where we have three shooters with (Vladimir) Radmanovic out there we can isolate mine and Montas (Ellis) pick in roll and teams really have to make a decision on either have to leave any of our shooters or if theyre going to play our pick in roll. If they are then we are going to find a good shot out of it.

On Monta Ellis:
Hes our offensive leader. Hes a guy that comes out and plays hard every single night for 48 minutes. Hes the best player I have ever played with. For me a lot of times my job when I go out there when hes on a roll offensively is simply to set screens to give him a half a step advantage. Sometimes thats all he needs.
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