Gameday: Warriors vs. Nuggets - 11/29/12
A game that saw the Warriors lead by 12 and then trail by 16 could not have had a more dramatic ending, but the final result was a 106-105 Warriors victory on Thursday night at Oracle Arena. The win, however, wasn’t determined until a few moments after the final buzzer sounded, as Andre Iguodala’s potential game-winning three-point attempt was determined, by official review, to be released after the game clock hit zeroes. David Lee had 31 points and Stephen Curry (20 points, 10 assists) and Klay Thompson (21 points, nine rebounds) also had big nights in the Warriors’ fourth-straight home win. Jarrett Jack came through with 18 points and five assists off the bench for the Warriors, who will continue their four-game homestand on Saturday against the Pacers.
On if He Thought the Final Shot Counted:
“I was very confident that it didn’t count, but I didn’t know what the results were going to be. At the end of the day, I’m thankful we’re at a time where we review it – we review it. Great camera work.”
On Closing Out the Nuggets for the First Time This Season:
“Extremely proud of my guys. That’s a very good basketball team and a well coached basketball team. We fully understood that it wasn’t going to be easy. They battle, compete, go on spurts and put pressure on you defensively. We were down 16 points and we found a way to win the ballgame; in spite of making mistakes, turnovers and mishaps defensively. I can preach all I want to them, but the way we are going to get is through experience. We are going to have to go through nights like this, and the last two times we faced them, to learn how to close it out. I’m extremely proud of this group.”
On Utilization of a Smaller Lineup Against the Nuggets:
“I thought about using it early on in the first half. (Andris) Biedrins was playing well for us as far as rebounding and having another big in there. In the second half, I just decided to sub Draymond (Green) in so we were able to switch on pick-and-rolls. It made a difference. This was a team where you have to give them something. We did a great job of gang rebounding. We out rebounded the best rebounding team in the business.”
On if They Were Running Specific Plays for Jarrett Jack:
“It’s a combination. There were some sets where we got quality looks with the ball in Steph’s (Stephen Curry) hands and then other times where (Jarrett) Jack runs it because Steph’s (Stephen Curry) and Klay’s (Klay Thompson) ability to come off screens. (Jarrett) Jack can then handle the ball with four legitimate offensive weapons on the floor. It gives us great versatility. He knows how to play. He’s not going to finish every game, but when he’s playing like that and we are creating problems he’s going to be in there. I have no hesitation putting him in the game down the stretch. He played huge for us tonight.”
On Games Against the Nuggets:
“Especially at home here with the way that one ended in double-overtime, this is an opportunity for us to kind of avenge that. They beat us around pretty good in Denver but the way this game was going we got a huge lead, they came back and had a huge lead, we fought our way back, and the crazy finish. So probably the game of the year so far.”
On the Final Shot of the Game:
“I don’t know. If I put a stopwatch on I’d probably … It seems like the clock started early for me. There’s nothing to argue about. The camera says it’s in his hands, it’s in his hands.”
On the Inbounds Play Designed for Ty Lawson:
“It was over the top to the defense and Ty had the open shot to shoot the jumper or go to the rim. It did come open except the pass was so much slower and it didn’t get there and then the last play JaVale [McGee] was the decoy and Andre [Iguodala] was the pop [shooter] and Andre made a great read.”
On Losing Another Close Game on the Road:
“It’s just improving and getting better. We’ve gotten better these last two games but the losses are tough to handle. We have to respect that on the road, you’ve got to play a little bit smarter than we’ve played. When we had leads we’ve blown both leads in both of the last couple of games and our personality changes. We were attacking, we were playing our type of basketball and all of sudden tonight we were, I don’t know how many games this year, but we had more shots outside of the paint than inside the paint and I’m sure that we had more shots inside of the paint than outside tonight. How we got the lead was by attacking and making some threes when they collapsed on us. We were shooting a lot of one-on-one threes. There was a lot of one-on-one isolation basketball which is not how we got the lead. We changed our personality and that really disappointed me and we did the same thing in Utah.”
On the Game:
“We just needed to find a way to get the win. We got a great contribution again at the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth with that lineup with Draymond (Green), Carl (Landry), Klay (Thompson), Steph (Curry), and Jarrett Jack; those five got us back in the game and then we just had a to find a way to finish it out and I think we did that very well tonight.”
On Two Home Games Against the Nuggets This Year:
“The amount of similarities in the two games were crazy; the difference is we learned from our mistakes last time and won this one.”
“You’re out there on the floor and you’re just trying to make any extra effort play you can. Just find any way you can get a stop, get that extra rebound; it’s the kind of thing we work on every day in practice. Need to have multiple efforts, need to pay attention to detail because that’s all it comes down to is those little details on both ends. And I think both teams did a pretty good job of it tonight, we just made a couple more plays.”
On the Game:
“We were able to battle back, get ourselves back in the ball game. Guys made some big shots down the stretch and we were able to pull out the W.”
On the Final Shot:
“It shouldn’t have come down to that. We had a couple of mistakes and errors down the stretch that we’re definitely going to clean up tomorrow in practice and try to build off this win.”
On the Nuggets:
“It seems as if we’re developing a little bit of a rivalry with them. Two out of the three games have kind of been a dog fight game and battling tooth and nail. Even at their place, even though they kind of ran away with that at the end. But prior to that, it’s been a rough and tough game. Almost like an old school East Coast basketball game; guys punch after punch after punch and luckily we were able to have the last one tonight.”
AND WE MEET AGAIN
It’s not déjà vu, but the Warriors really and Nuggets really are playing each other again. Thursday’s matchup will mark the third meeting between the two teams this month, and a fourth showdown is set for January. Denver is carrying the upper hand in this season’s series with a 2-0 advantage, and the Warriors, who have a share of the Pacific Division lead with wins in five of their last seven games, would like nothing more than to get one of those wins back as they play the second of four-straight games at home.
LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors dominated the fourth quarter in Saturday’s 96-85 win over the Timberwolves at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson had a game-high 24 points and Stephen Curry nailed five 3-pointers in his 20-point effort, but the game might most be remembered for Harrison Barnes thunderous slam over Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic. Barnes notched his third double-double of the year with 10 points and 11 boards while Carl Landry finished with 18 and nine off the bench.
DUNK YOU VERY MUCH
The chances are you’ve seen it multiple times, but Harrison Barnes’ dunk over Nikola Pekovic is still all the rage. A contest was held to name the dunk and you can find it all over YouTube and other highlight packages across the web, including right here. Hidden from what just might be the Dunk of the Year is the fact that Barnes is playing as good as any rookie in the game. He now has three double-doubles, which ties him for the NBA lead among rookies. In addition, he ranks sixth among first-year players in scoring (10.7 ppg), fifth in rebounds (5.0 rpg) and 11th in shooting percentage (.475). Furthermore, the Warriors are 6-1 when Barnes scores in double figures.
CAN’T FALL ASLEEP
In each of this season’s first two games with the Nuggets, the Warriors have fallen victim to pure disastrous stretches of the game. On Friday, Golden State saw its six-point halftime advantage disappear in the blink of an eye, as Denver rallied for 15-straight points to open the third period. Likewise, the Nuggets scored the last 11 points of the double-overtime Warriors loss on November 10. Denver is a team that rebounds well and plays with a lot of energy, and the Warriors will need to match that fire for all 48 minutes and possibly more.
CALLING ON CARL
Keep an eye on Carl Landry on Thursday. The first-year Warrior player has averaged 20.5 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 60 percent against the Nuggets this season. He’ll be coming off a performance on Saturday in which he tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and made all 10 of his free throws. Landry’s provided consistent strong play off the bench this season, and there’s no question the Warriors will need a big game out of him to help slow down a Nuggets team that is looking to get back on track after losing for the first time in their last five games on Monday.
GSW: Andrew Bogut (ankle rehab), Brandon Rush (torn left ACL) and Richard Jefferson (strained right calf) are out.
DEN: Wilson Chandler (left hip) and Julyan Stone (right hip) are out.