Gameday: Warriors vs. Raptors - 12/3/13


The Warriors came through with an absolutely epic comeback and posted a 112-103 win over the Raptors on Tuesday night at Oracle Arena. Trailing by as many as 27 in the second half, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson caught fire late and combined for 26 of the team’s 42 points in the fourth quarter. Curry finished with 27 points, 10 assists and five steals and Thompson had 22 points, including four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The Warriors out-scored Toronto 42-15 in the final period and closed the game on a 64-28 run. Harrison Barnes had 14 of his 19 points in the second quarter, David Lee added 18 points and Jermaine O’Neal fueled the game-closing run with 11 points, eight rebounds and some tough defense in the paint. Winners of two straight, the Warriors will head out on a three-game road trip that opens on Friday in Houston. READ MORE ON THE COMEBACK WIN | SOCIAL RECAP
The Dubs needed this game. Not just because it was at home against a team they should beat. Not just because they’re an injury-riddled squad in the middle of a tough extended road stretch. No, they needed this one because they needed a galvanizing experience, something that put a stamp on this team and this season as one that is and will continue to be, special. READ MORE
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“In this league if you allow a team to get it going individually, no matter what their record is, the talent in this league will make you pay the price. They got it going early, seems like everybody was knocking down shots – we were bad on both sides of the basketball. I’m extremely proud of my basketball team and extremely proud of their will and the way they battled and competed. The crowd got quiet and they were supposed to. We deserved for them to be quiet. We regrouped, the crowd regrouped and we began to play our brand of basketball. This being my third year here, there has not been a bigger win when you talk about a statement. We had every right to fold the tent and look forward to the next one. Those guys at halftime – I didn’t say a word. I was about to show film. I understand that there were rumors that I cussed the team out – that didn’t happen and won’t happen. I didn’t say a word. Didn’t show the video either. The good teams and the great teams they know. Those guys in the second half were incredible and in the fourth quarter exceptional. I give credit to guys like Bogues (Andrew Bogut) and Harrison (Barnes). As a player I’ve watched teammates, as an announcer I’ve watched teammates and as a coach I’ve watched teammates sulk because they were not in the game at that time. Those guys were up and active and supportive. This is a special group.”
On the second half:
“I’ve got a team that competes. When we are at our best we are pushing the basketball and making plays. Stephen Curry was once again spectacular. Klay Thompson came alive and Draymond (Green) had the best game I’ve ever seen for a guy that scored three points and shoot one of five. An incredible game. Jermaine O’Neal was spectacular. Just a huge win for us. I can’t say enough about how proud I am of our group.”
On playing Jermaine O'Neal over Andrew Bogut:
“We were making plays. When Bogues (Andrew Bogut) left the game we were making plays. I wanted to get him a quick breather and then we began to make plays. I’ve been in those situations before, those are the toughest calls. I was watching the Portland game last night. Five minutes to go in the game, Mo Williams playing great – do you put in Damian Lilliard or not? Coach Stotts decides to put him in. Those are the toughest calls to make. You need to have guys that are committed to you as a leader, as a coach and won’t create friction and that is all about the team. It was an easy call for me tonight because those guys were in the ballgame deserved to win it or lose it.”
On Jermaine O'Neal's Halftime Speech:
“I’m a guy that has fortunately played and I’m not insecure. I’m not a guy that claims to know it all. I’ve seen coaches yell and call timeouts and do all of that; players know what’s wrong they don’t need a speech. They have to do what we are known to do and do it effectively and efficiently. Jermaine (O’Neal) did a lot of the talking. I pretty much wrapped it up with ‘Bring it in’. Best speech I ever gave.”
Klay Thompson
On tonight's win:
“It’s surreal, you know. I knew we had it in us. It looked real dark there for a minute when we were down about 25 but that’s the greatest comeback I’ve been a part of as a Warrior, in the regular season at least, and man, words can’t explain it.”
On Jermaine O'Neal's Halftime Speech:
“Jermaine O’Neal gave one of the realest speeches I’ve ever heard. He said, ‘We’ll see what we’re made of in the second half.’ We showed what we’re made of, resilient. We’ve got to play like that for 48 minutes. If we want to be a great team, that’s what we’ve got to do.”
On his and Stephen Curry's 3-point shooting:
“We’re shooters. You’re not going to hit every shot. It just happened to be a night were we were all missing at the same time and then it turned out we were hitting at the same time. We have a lot of shooters. As a shooter you’ve got to be a continuous player, not worry about the last shot and just let it fly.”
David Lee
On tonight's game:
“We were all talking about it when we got in here, this was going to be a dark evening and a worse day tomorrow. At halftime we were very upset the way we played. I thought we got outplayed intensity-wise in the first half. Their bigs out-rebounded us, their guards outshot us. We just seemed a step slow in everything we did and then in the fourth quarter we started to get stop after stop and play unselfishly on offense. Everyone contributed that was in there. Just really proud of the team for coming back and this will be a victory that we remember.”
On the lessons learned from tonight:
“I think it just can show us when we are capable of doing what we are doing, how special our team can be. We showed it in the last couple minutes of the Dallas game and came up short. Tonight we were able to fully go through it and translate it into a victory. It also can show us that we have to come out and play the right way because like coach said after the game, we’re not a team that has a guy like Lebron James or Kevin Durant that can come out and get to the free throw line and stop the bleeding at any point in the game. We’re a team that has to be on all cylinders at all times, play as a team the entire time we’re on the floor, and play with a lot of intensity and energy or we can get beat by anybody, and it showed tonight.”
On when he thought winning was a possibility:
“I’m not sure I really felt it until we cut it to like 12 or 13 and we still had plenty of time left on the clock. At that point I thought that we still had a long way to go but I thought that we had the momentum and the crowd was into it, and I knew that if we could keep getting stops we had a shot.”

After going 2-2 on a four-game road trip, the Warriors return home to Oracle Arena to take on the visiting Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night. This will be the first of two games between the two teams this season. Golden State swept both meetings a season ago, and will look to keep that streak going before heading out for another three-straight games on the road.
Thanks to a huge defensive stop by Andrew Bogut and some hot shooting by the Splash Brothers, the Warriors defeated the Kings 115 -113 Sunday evening in Sacramento. Stephen Curry (36 points, 10 assists) and Klay Thompson (28 points, career-high eight threes) combined for 13-of-19 shooting from beyond the arc. David Lee and Harrison Barnes added 11 points each, while Andrew Bogut logged another double-digit rebounding night with 12 boards. The Kings had 24 total turnovers, leading to 33 Warriors points. GAME RECAP
At 10-8, the Warriors record doesn’t necessarily reflect the high expectations they entered the season with, but to evaluate them purely by their record would not be doing them justice. The fact remains that the Warriors have had one of the tougher schedules out of the gate, and when you combine that with some of the injuries they’ve had to withstand, being only two games over .500 at the moment becomes a lot more understandable. Golden State has played the most road games in the Western Conference, as well as the fewest total games against teams from the East, which currently has only two teams above .500 and a combined 23-57 record against the West. Suffice to say, the schedule should lighten up soon for the Warriors, and taking advantage of a road-weary Raptors squad would be a good start.
In Sunday’s win, the Warriors were outshot, outrebounded, and outscored in the paint, and still managed to walk away with a two-point road win. Under normal circumstances, that is usually a rare occurrence, but when you have arguably the two best shooters in the world in one backcourt, rare accomplishments can become somewhat of the norm. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 64 points, including a ridiculous 13-of-17 from three-point range. It was the third time in 2013 both Splash Brothers have drained at least five treys apiece in a game, a feat accomplished only once by all other starting guard combinations in the entire league over that span. They’ll likely always be included in the discussion of the best shooting backcourt of all-time, but they’re certainly doing their best to put an end to that discussion with each and every splash. DUB THE VOTE
If the season ended today, the 6-10 Raptors would be the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. No, you didn’t read that incorrectly. Despite the fact that the NBA is supposed to be built on parity, the East has yet again fallen behind the West in terms of conference supremacy. However, it’s not Toronto’s fault that they’re in the East, and they’ve put together a squad capable of competing within it. After acquiring Rudy Gay in a trade with Memphis last season, the Raptors have a more-than-capable scorer to pair with the likes of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, who are no slouches themselves. Combine them with a plus-defender in Amir Johnson and one of the most promising young big men in the league in Jonas Valanciunas, and you’d be remiss to think of them as any kind of pushover.

Injury Report
GSW: Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery), Andre Iguodala (left hamstring strain) and Ognjen Kuzmic (fifth
metacarpal fracture, right hand) are out.

TOR: None.




  • Facebook
  • Twitter