Gameday: Warriors vs. Spurs- 2/22/13


Jarrett Jack played the role of hero in Friday’s 107-101 overtime victory over the Spurs, owners of the best record in the NBA. Jack scored 17 of his game-high 30 points over the final 17 minutes of the game, helping the Warriors overcome a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Jack, who also had 10 assists on the night to become the first player to have a 30-and-10 night off the bench since Magic Johnson in 1996, nailed a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds of the fourth quarter and sealed the game with free throws in the extra period. David Lee also had a monster night with 25 points and 22 rebounds, and Stephen Curry added 18 points and six assists on a night that saw the Warriors debut their short sleeve jerseys. The Warriors will take the momentum from this signature victory into a five-game road trip, which opens with a Sunday matinee in Minnesota.
Mark Jackson
On Jarrett Jack:
“With all due respect to what Jamal Crawford has done for the Los Angeles Clippers and with all due respect to what J.R. Smith has done for the New York Knicks - Jarrett Jack has been the best sixth man all year long. He’s carried us at times, been a great voice in our locker room, he’s a great competitor and he’s been outstanding since day one. When you look at our record and where we are sitting, how you could ignore what he has done for us off the bench with closing ball games and having a calming effect. Credit to our ownership, and Bob Myers and our front office – made it happen. A weakness of ours last year is now our strength.”
On tonight's win:
“We did this against a heck of a basketball team and the best coach in basketball – best to do it in any sport. To be down 80-67 against a team that executes you to death and to continue to make plays – we kept our heads together, inspired each other and encouraged each other. The credit goes to those players because they battled. David Lee was off the charts. Steph (Stephen Curry) made a heck of a play finding (Jarrett) Jack – I don’t know how he made that pass; it’s not in my repertoire. Just a beautiful win for us.”
On Klay Thompson's defense:
“I told Klay (Thompson) this morning when I gave him the assignment of Tony Parker, his offense is going to suffer. I don’t think there are many guys in the league, if any, that can take the challenge to defend Tony Parker the way that he runs and then to do the things that Klay (Thompson) does running off screens – it takes a lot of energy. Klay (Thompson) was disciplined enough to fulfill his assignment and that was to compete with Tony Parker and make him work for everything. Klay (Thompson) was great defensively tonight and when he needed a breather Steph (Stephen Curry) and Harrison (Barnes) did the job. Tony Parker is in the discussion for MVP this year and we did a good job of making him work.”
Jarrett Jack
On the game:
“Coach I thought said something really profound the other day in the locker room. You know, when we were going through that six game stretch losing streak, he said ‘you know, I relish these moments more than we are winning four in a row, five in a row, seven in a row, because these are the times when you find out who’s really with you. When things aren’t going great and you have to fight.’ All 13 guys, our coaching staff, everyone was locked in. We’re going to make this thing turn around and we did it tonight.”
On what led to the comeback:
“We just fight. Coach is a blue collar coach and he’s been instilling that mentality in us since day one. When there’s still time on the clock we know we have enough time to pull it out.”
On his performance in the second half:
“Coach yelled at me. There was a point in time in the fourth quarter and overtime where he yelled at me and told me to get going and take us home. I love him having that kind of confidence in me, and I just tried to come back and deliver for him.”
On his big three-pointer in the final frame:
“I wasn’t able to knock one down from distance all night. I’m glad the one I did knock down was that one, it was a very timely shot. Steph (Curry) had an unbelievable pass, and it was a big shot and we kept fighting.”
On momentum heading into the road trip:
“Without question. We have the best fans here in the world and we want to repay them by coming out here and playing as hard as we can for 48 minutes. I’m glad we came in here and went on a two-game winning streak. Now off to Minnesota tomorrow, we’ve just got to get out there and take care of business.”
Stephen Curry
On setting up Jarrett Jack's 3-pointer at the end of regulation:
“I was looking at the basket and David Lee but I couldn’t get a shot up so the next option was out there. We go through rotations all the time on offense and he was where he was supposed to be and I passed to him. It’s something I work on every day. My assistant coach and I go through shooting drills and that’s one of them. It’s a pass we try to make before every game. We had a good laugh about that because it’s the first time I’ve actually thrown it this year from the baseline out.”
On beating the Spurs for the first time in five years:
“They’re the best team in the league right now playing the best basketball, so it’s a big win for us. It makes it even bigger to get on the winning side against them so we just had to get it done.”
On the comeback victory:
“There was a positive attitude on the bench. I think that the last string of losses told us that we have to keep playing, keep fighting, never lay down and keep a positive attitude and keep the bench upbeat. We fell down with nine minutes left but we realized that we had nine minutes and enough time to make a run, and we did that.”
On his big three-pointer in the final frame:
“I wasn’t able to knock one down from distance all night. I’m glad the one I did knock down was that one, it was a very timely shot. Steph (Curry) had an unbelievable pass, and it was a big shot and we kept fighting.”
On the team's defense:
“That was a great (first) half of defense holding them to 38 points, but we were still down so we had to find some rhythm offensively. I think down the stretch a couple plays we let them get to the basket, but other than those plays we buckled down, made them take some shots and try to keep them off the foul line as much as possible down the stretch.”
When you watch Friday’s game, don’t worry if you don’t recognize the players on the court. It’s not your eyes. It’s the new adizero short sleeve NBA Uniform System. The Warriors will become the first team in modern league history to debut a short sleeve jersey, and this particular version offers lightweight performance and a bold, modern look for players and fans. The Warriors are hoping the new uniform brings them luck against a Spurs team that has had their number in recent history, winning 48 of the last 55 contests. The game happens to fall on another Authentic Fan Friday, and fans in attendance will receive their very own Harrison Barnes cheer card.
The Warriors snapped their six-game losing streak with a 108-98 win over the visiting Suns Wednesday night. Stephen Curry led a balanced attack with 20 points and 11 assists while Klay Thompson poured in a game-high 28 on his Bobblehead Night. David Lee added in 19 and 11 and Andrew Bogut pulled down 11 boards, dished five assists and sent away three shots. Jarrett Jack came off the bench and dropped in 21 points for the Warriors, who will be back in action Friday night when they host the Spurs in the debut of the new short-sleeve jerseys.
Maybe it should be Klay Thompson Bobblehead Night every game. Considering the way Thompson began the game on Thursday, it wouldn’t be the worst idea. Thompson opened the contest blistering hot, converting his first seven shots in the first half. He finished with a game-high 28 points on 56 percent shooting, including four-of-eight from long range. Ranking third in the NBA with 140 made three-pointers on the season, Thompson has entrenched himself as one of the premier shooters in the Association, and after scoring 11 points in 14 minutes in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend, you can bet the rest of the league is taking notice.
There were moments in Wednesday’s victory over the Suns that appeared as if the Warriors had five point guards on the court at the same time, and one of them happened to be seven feet tall. Andrew Bogut has been known as a great passing big man throughout his career, and when you see him in action, it becomes clear exactly why. Bogut finished with seven points, 11 rebounds, and five assists in a season-high 29 minutes in that game, and it’s no coincidence that the Warriors put an end to their recent six-game skid with that effort. In fact, as hard as it is to believe, Bogut's 7 pts/9 reb/2 stl/3 blk line was the first time a Warriors’ center had posted those numbers in a game since 2009. As the stretch run to the postseason heats up over the next 28 games, Bogut’s minutes and fitness level should continue to increase, which is certainly music to the ears of the Warriors and their fans.
It’s amazing what a team can do when players and coaches have the opportunity to build continuity over a series of several years, and no team is more emblematic of that effect than the Spurs. Since the 1997-98 season, Coach Greg Popovich, Tim Duncan and the Spurs have the best winning percentage over any 16-year span in NBA history at .706 (873-364) and have the best record in the four major professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL) during this time period. Several of those wins have come at the Warriors’ expense, who have lost 48 of the last 55 matchups between the teams. Slowing down Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and company will be essential if the Warriors hope to reverse that trend.
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Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

SAS: None.


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