Curry, Ellis & Lee Deliver In First Win Of The Season After coming up short in their first attempt on Sunday, Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis and David Lee made sure that Mark Jackson notched his first career coaching victory by delivering a 99-91 win over the Bulls at Oracle Arena. Curry scored 15 of his 21 points in the second quarter and tallied 10 assists, seven rebounds and six steals before re-tweaking his right ankle in the fourth quarter. Ellis finished with a game-high 26 points and seven assists and Lee came through with 22 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who face the Knicks on Wednesday.
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Points Ellis - 26 Lee - 22
Deng - 22 Two Tied - 13
Rebounds Lee - 7 Curry - 7
Deng - 10 Noah - 10
Assists Curry - 10 Ellis - 7
Rose - 8 Hamilton - 4
Steals Curry - 6 Brown - 4
Boozer - 1 Two Tied - 1
Mark Jackson On His First Win As A Coach:
I talked to the guys afterwards, and it means something, because I dreamt of this moment. I told the guys I just didnt see the guys in uniform, but I thank God it was them because of their commitment, their focus, and their dedication. Im extremely proud of that group. This win is truly theirs. Theyve earned this one.
On Playing Against Derrick Rose:
As a coach you cant give great players a steady diet of the same thing, because they will make adjustments. What we did was we tried to give him different looks. He still found guys, he still made plays but I thought my guys did an outstanding job of making multiple effort plays. After being beaten they got back into the picture and they chased down loose rebounds. Hes a tough assignment, but as a coach you cannot give a player of his caliber the same look every time.
On the Warriors Bench:
Brandon Rush is a guy that is experienced that can play the two or the three. He can knock down the midrange jumper and hes a very underrated rebounder. (Ekpe) Udoh, I thought he was outstanding. I challenged him last game, I challenged him at halftime, I challenged him at the end of the game, and then back at the office around midnight I saw him shooting and I challenged him again. It was a breath of fresh air to see him there. Im proud of him. Im going to expect that every night. And Kwame (Brown) was incredible. His presence, high IQ, eliminated us having to double team, played one-on-one. And then, bonus points. Catching the basketball and finishing. Set the tone for us, and was a presence.
Kwame Brown On Tonight's Game:
We are going to have to earn everything we get. Coach has practiced defense all year long. Thats what we are going to focus on. It doesnt matter who comes in, we have to protect our home court.
On Coach Jackson's Reaction To The Win:
He was very emotional. He fired me up a little bit. He teared up a little bit, but it was great for us to see his passion and get more wins for him. I like his passion.
On If He Considers Ekpe Udoh, Brandon Rush And Himself A Defensive Unit:
I think everyone is buying into it. Its just not the second unit. First unit did a great job setting a tone and keeping them out of the paint also containing Derrick Rose. That was a team effort in doing that.
Stephen Curry On Reinjuring His Ankle:
I havent seen the footage, but I think I landed on Kyle Korvers ankle, I mean his foot. Thats more comforting for me knowing that it wasnt one of those planting or moving injuries like I had in Sacramento. Its still frustrating that this keeps coming up.
On If He Reconsidered Playing With The Injured Ankle:
Nope. Last game I was just a little rusty from missing practice and testing it out. Tonight I thought I played well, I was able to be aggressive and not really worry about it. It was just a freak thing that I landed on Kyle Korvers (foot). So I really cant account for that. Its just really frustrating for me.
Monday, December 26, 2011
Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
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