Gameday: Warriors vs. Kings - 3/6/13


Down one with 15.2 seconds to go, Klay Thompson splashed home a go-ahead 3-pointer and the Warriors held on for the 87-83 victory over the Kings on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Thompson’s trey capped a 20-point night that saw him connect on four three-pointers. Offense, however, was hard to come by on this night, as both teams shot less than 40 percent from the field. David Lee had 17 points and 10 rebounds for his NBA-leading 41st double-double of the season, Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Stephen Curry finished with 13 points and eight assists. After grinding out their second straight win, the Warriors will continue their seven-game homestand on Friday night against the Rockets.
Mark Jackson
On the final play call:
“We set up a double-high screen for Steph (Stephen Curry) and the big guys did a great job of setting a screen to get him some airspace. Toney Douglas was defending him, did a good job all game long, forced the help and Steph (Stephen Curry) made a great read and David Lee made the read with Klay (Thompson) in the corner. There were a lot of options off of it, we made the right play and Klay (Thompson) hit a big shot.”
On Klay Thompson:
“I watch this guy every single day and this guy is a knockdown shooter in every sense of the term. When you pick guys, that have ever played this game, that had to shoot a wide open shot – he’s in the discussion. I have two guys in the discussion. That’s what Klay (Thompson) does for a living. I just love the way that we made the play, we read the play, didn’t try to do too much and got a high percentage look out of it.”
On if he trusts Klay Thompson more in late game situations:
“You can say that he did this last game. We started that fourth quarter down seven and Klay Thompson hit shots to put us in position to tie the ballgame and take the lead. I have no doubt at all about his ability to knock down those shots and make those plays. I understand the question, but it’s not like me shooting it, these are great shooters.”
On a grind it out win:
“This was a struggle. That’s a team – they have weapons and they can score the basketball. We did a very good job defending them and holding them to 39 percent from the field. We turned the basketball over and we were careless at times. We are not the Miami Heat or the Oklahoma City Thunder, a lot of the nights it is not going to be pretty. That’s a fact and we embrace it. I give my guys credit because we battled, we competed, we got stops when we had to and we continue to put a checkmark in the win column.”
Klay Thompson
On the game-winning shot:
"It was a drag screen for Steph (Curry), (David) Lee was doing the pin down for me, he played the part well and he popped, then he found me right in the shooting pocket. All I had to do was catch and shoot."
On hitting the last shot after missing his prior attempt:
"I couldn’t be happier. The first one felt good, but the thing is you can’t hang your head. You just have to be ready, and I was ready."
On why the pace of this game was different from prior matchups:
"It was one of those games you have to grind it out. Neither team pushed it that much, not that many transition opportunities, but we got to adjust to any style we play. We did a great job on defense. Our shots weren’t falling but that’s just a great testament to our defense."
On Utah and Houston both losing tonight:
"You pay a little attention to it but you can’t hope for other teams to lose or anything. You need to take care of business with the teams you play and make your own destiny. We can’t depend on anybody, we have to climb as high as we can."
On if the team is back to where it was prior to the losing streak:
"We still have some room to grow. We’re not there yet, but thankfully we have this home stand. We’re not there yet but tonight was a big step."
David Lee
On the game-winning play:
"When I saw my man go to head Steph (Curry) and trap him, I was always taught to be aggressive so I made a move to the basket. When Klay (Thompson’s) man came in I just made the best play I could and that was to find Klay in the corner."
On if he was surprised that Klay Thompson made the shot:
"No, he’s pretty good from there. I’m surprised his guy left him. I was trying to be aggressive like I said."
On getting a scrappy win:
"At this point of the season I’ll take a win any way I can get it. Our defense is much improved, and if we want to get to where we want to get this year our defense is going to have to play like that. If we do that we’ll be just fine."
Harrison Barnes
On bringing energy in the third quarter:
"Coach (Jackson) was just trying to say at halftime that we need to come with more energy. Their best player wasn’t having a great half and yet we were still down three. He said to get in that rhythm, get in that zone and take it upon ourselves to win the game."
On if his defensive effort tonight was better than normal:
"I just played better defense. We have not played well the first two times we played this team, they’ve always played a lot better when they play us. We did not want to leave our guard down, we wanted to come back and be ready for this game."
Wednesday’s contest will be the third of four meetings between the Warriors and Kings this season. In their two previous encounters, Golden State dropped both games in Sacramento for just the second time in the last nine seasons. The Warriors have won or tied every season series with Sacramento since the ‘03-‘04 season, holding a 22-16 record over that span. The Warriors will look to keep that trend going as they play the second of seven consecutive games at home.
The Warriors got back to their winning ways and posted a 125-118 victory over the visiting Raptors Monday night. Klay Thompson knocked down four treys en route to 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting. David Lee loaded up his league-leading 40th double-double of the season with 29 points and 11 boards while Stephen Curry notched one of his own with 26 points and 12 assists. Jarrett Jack put in 16 points and six assists off the bench while Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry added in 12 apiece. Andrew Bogut returned to action for the Warriors, who will look to get another home win on Wednesday when they take on the Kings.
The Warriors managed to reel off 42 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s victory over the Raptors, and the Warriors’ backcourt mates had a big part in that offensive explosion. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson began that quarter 6-of-6 from the field, good for 15 points including three three-pointers. They combined to finish the game with 48 points on 16-of-27 shooting, knocking down six treys in the process. When the Warriors’ outside shooting is on like it was on Monday, they’ve proven themselves awfully tough to beat.
As the Warriors head down the back stretch and approach the postseason, one thing they’ll certainly be hoping to see more of is Andrew Bogut on the floor. He returned from a six game absence on Monday, and registered four points, eight rebounds and one block in 30 minutes. Modest numbers, yes, but that’s beside the point. So much of Bogut’s value comes in things that don’t appear in the box score, such as preventing drives through the lane or altering shots from the post. Those are the kinds of things that win tough games, which the Warriors will certainly encounter as they make the push to the playoffs. The more time Bogut has to develop on-court chemistry with his teammates, the better off the Warriors will be.
It hasn’t been an easy season in the State capital. Amid an ongoing proposed sale that would attempt to relocate the franchise to Seattle, the team has stumbled to a 21-40 record, good for fifth-worst in the league. It’s not that they lack talent. DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans, as Warriors fans are well aware, are effective young players booming with potential, but that hasn’t translated into wins. At 6-27, the Kings are tied for the second-worst road record in the league. The Warriors will look to capitalize on that weakness and defeat a Kings squad that has already beat them twice this season.
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Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

SAC: None.


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