Warriors-Thunder Game Recap - 2/13/11

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Oracle Arena
Oakland, CA
February 13, 2011


Warriors Earn Hard-Fought Win
After a brief one-game road trip, the Warriors returned to their home floor and came through with one of their most impressive performances of the season, defeating the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder 100-94 on Sunday. Monta Ellis scored 33 points for Golden State, while Stephen Curry turned in one of his best games of the year, finishing with 23 points, 13 assists and zero turnovers. The Warriors outrebounded Oklahoma City 47-33 on the night, with David Lee pulling down a season-high 19 rebounds to go along with his 23 points. Golden State also forced 20 turnovers while committing only seven. The Warriors will now have one day off before hosting the New Orleans Hornets on another Hardwood Classics Night at Oracle Arena.


Stephen Curry finished the night with 23 points, 13 assists and zero turnovers. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty) VIEW PHOTOS

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Game Highlights

Ellis To The Cup

Tough Shot

Ellis - 33
Durant - 29
Lee - 19
Collison - 10

Curry - 13
Westbrook - 5

Lee - 3
Sefolosha - 2


February 15 - 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena

Oakland, CA

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)

Radio: KNBR 680

Hardwood Classics Night

Ticket & A T-Shirt Offer

Current Streak: Lost 1

This Season:


1/5/11: W, 110-103
1/26/11: L, 103-112


Tim Roye's Game Recap

Keith Smart
On the Warriors' rebounding:
“The guys did a good job. I think we knew we had to rebound, that was part of pregame idea of what we had to do in this game to have a chance. We couldn’t give up second chance points. Their point guard (Russell Westbrook) rebounds extremely well, everyone on their team is a pretty good rebounder. I just think our guys did a great job of going to the glass early. Andris (Biedrins) set the tone early and saw that he could get to the glass whenever he wanted. He did a good job and set a nice tone giving us a second opportunity, after we missed our first four shots. Andris (Biedrins) did a good job with giving us the opportunity to have another reload and that just carried the rest of the way.”

On defending the pick-and-roll:
“I think we got a little spillover from playing Chicago and being in the coverage that we were, and to not allow direct lines to the basket. I thought Stephen (Curry) and Monta (Ellis), those guys did a really good job with getting themselves back under control when they went underneath the screen because (Russell) Westbrook and (Eric) Maynor will still try to attack you once they get everything corrected and everyone filters out and gets to their spacing spots, those guys will still try and attack you off the dribble. I mentioned in the pregame about being able to load to the ball and fire out to shooters in the corners.”

On utilizing the pick-and-roll against the Thunder:
“We pay attention to what teams have problems with it. The way we get into the pick-and-roll was more effective tonight where we just didn’t walk over into the pick-and-roll, our guys tried to run into it. The second thing is the best thing a player can do when he’s in the pick-and-roll - draw two players and then you’ve done your job, now you move the ball to the next guy and he moves it again and you’ll probably get a wide open shot because of that.”

Monta Ellis
On the Warriors' rebounding:
“Our big guys did a wonderful job. They got us a lot of second chance points. We outrebounded them in the first half 31 to 16 or 17, something like that, and we had 20 offensive rebounds. If we get them to play like that for the rest of the way who knows what we could do, but they did a wonderful job tonight.”

On Stephen Curry:
“This game by far was his best game he’s had this season.”

Stephen Curry
On the Warriors' rebounding:
“They got a lot of second chance points for us. David (Lee) with 19 rebounds and Dre (Andris Biedrins) right up there with him, their presence down there when we were missing shots still gave us second chance opportunities. I think we had 16 or 19 offensive rebounds in the first half, for us it’s unheard of. We were just being aggressive.”

On feeling in control::
“Everything felt good out there. It felt like I knew where I was going to be on the floor and what to look for. Also being composed when I got myself in tough situations and being able to get out of there. It was just a matter of staying aggressive and being smart about it.”

David Lee
On tonight's game:
“I took a long look at the loss in Phoenix and how we have been playing and thought one category that I could step up in was in rebounding and trying to lead that charge. We have so many scorers, that if the bigs can focus on rebounding and controlling the paint, then scoring when given the opportunities, I think that can help our team overall. We did that tonight against a good rebounding team and an athletic team in Oklahoma City.”

David Lee Postgame Interview

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