Gameday: Warriors vs. Hornets - 3/18/13

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The Warriors got their second road win in as many nights after defeating the Hornets 93-72 on Monday. Stephen Curry led the way for the Warriors with 30 points, including six three pointers. David Lee recorded his league-leading 45th double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Klay Thompson chipped in 13 points including three treys. Andrew Bogut added eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocks in 30 minutes. The Warriors will look to make it three road wins in a row when they take on the Spurs on Wednesday.
Mark Jackson
On closing the game out:
“We did a great job. Our guys really battled, they defended at a high level. They’re a team that can create matchup problems and put you in pick and rolls. They’re well-coached. At the end of the day we stepped up our defense and down the stretch we executed offensively.”
On the success of Andrew Bogut down the stretch:
“I liked the advantage of them having power forwards on him, and we were able to take advantage of that. He’s a guy who can score and also facilitate, and he makes great decisions.”
On Stephen Curry's overall game:
“I like the way he battled. When it mattered most he made plays, but he’s well aware of the fact that he’s got to be better when it comes to taking care of the basketball. Somehow he makes us a better team and me a better coach.”
On the win:
“We understood what we had to do coming in here. That didn’t mean we were going to win the ball game, but if we were going to lose it, we were going to lose it with energy, effort and efficiency. We did those things and came up with a big win. We came up with a real big win. Again, I’m proud of my guys, and if you haven’t heard it before, we’re not going anywhere.”
Carl Landry
On the last two wins for the Warriors:
"Going into the playoffs and going late into the season, we need to be playing at our best. A lot of teams peak early and finish not so great. I think that we’re doing a good job of peaking right now. We’ve had two big wins. We’ve got to just keep it up."
On playing focused basketball:
"That’s what we need right now. We are closing in on the end of the season with 12 or 13 games left. We need everybody to pay attention to detail. Attention is important right now for us. We’ll be in the playoffs. We just have to compete."
David Lee
On the team's execution and defense tonight:
"Our defense was pretty good tonight. It kept us with a lead. In the second half, I thought that that was one of our better jobs of executing down the stretch."
On the difference in the second half:
"We did kind of a poor job in the first half with (Ryan) Anderson pick and rolls. We got mixed up a few times. He got some open shots. We started to switch them in the third quarter to simplify things. That helped us."
QUICK TRIP
The Warriors started their mini-road trip off on a great note, beating the Houston Rockets to maintain sixth place in the West and avoid being swept in the four-game season series with Houston. The next stop on the road trip is New Orleans to face the Hornets for the third of four matchups between the squads. The Warriors won the first two games, with former Hornets guard Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry as key contributors in both contests.
LAST TIME OUT
Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry led the Warriors to a huge 108-78 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night. The #SplashBrothers combined for 55 points on 11-of-20 shooting from deep, while Curry added 11 assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Andrew Bogut finished with his first double-double as a Warrior (12 points, 12 rebounds) in addition to three blocks. David Lee's 10 points, 10 rebounds earned him his 44th double-double (1st in the league). The Warriors held the Rockets to 32.6% shooting from the field in their first win against Houston this season.
PLAYOFF PUSH
The playoff race in the Western Conference is as tight as ever - only three games stand between the sixth-place Warriors and the ninth-place Jazz. The Warriors have 14 games left and each one will affect their playoff chances, especially with the Rockets and Lakers hot on their trail. Fortunately, nine of those games will be at Oracle Arena and only six of the remaining teams have winning records. For a more detailed look at the playoff race, check out our recent blog post.
BOGUT'S IMPACT
Andrew Bogut has had quite an impact since returning to the lineup on March 4 against Toronto. Over his last eight games Bogut is averaging 4.0 points, 9.13 rebounds, 1.88 assists, 1.75 blocks and 27.5 minutes. In a huge win against the Rockets on Saturday, Bogut logged his first double-double as a Warrior with 12 points and 12 rebounds. A strong inside presence is something the Warriors have been lacking, and a healthy Bogut fills that gap nicely. His defense helped push the Warriors to victories over the Pistons and Rockets, as he noticeably distracted and blocked multiple shots. With only 14 games left before the playoffs, the Warriors hope that Bogut will remain healthy and help lead them to a successful postseason run.
NEW ORLEANS SCOUTING REPORT
The New Orleans Hornets have been struggling as of late, losing ten of their last thirteen games and tying with Phoenix for the worst record in the Western Conference. That's no reason to overlook them though. The Hornets have a very talented roster which includes number one draft pick Anthony Davis, star guard Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson (2nd in 3-pointers made), and Greivis Vasquez (1st in total assists, 3rd in APG). Even with all of the talent, the Hornets are still in the bottom of the league in points per game (94.3), rebounds per game (41.2), and opponent field goal percentage (.467).

Injury Report
GSW: Brandon Rush (torn ACL and MCL, left knee) is out.

NOH: Jason Smith (torn right labrum) and Austin Rivers (fractured right hand) are out.

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