Game Recap: Warriors at Wizards - 3/5/12

Warriors Dominate Wizards In Road Trip Finale; Curry Returns To Action

The Warriors snapped out of their offensive funk and closed out their longest road trip of the season with a 120-100 win over the Wizards on Monday. After struggling with their shots in recent games, Golden State shot 15-for-23 on 3-pointers and 54.2 percent overall. Monta Ellis led the way with 25 points and eight assists and Klay Thompson and Ekpe Udoh combined for 35 points. Stephen Curry returned to action and finished with 12 points in nine minutes for the Warriors, who on Wednesday will host the Grizzlies on Mitch Richmond Bobblehead Night at Oracle Arena.


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Ellis - 25
Thompson - 18
Lee - 10
McGuire - 7

Ellis - 8
Robinson - 5
Ellis - 2
D. Wright - 2


Young - 25
Wall - 20

McGee - 10
Vesely - 9

Wall - 14
Three Tied - 2

Crawford - 3
Singleton - 3

Mark Jackson

On Tonight's Game:
“There’s no magic about winning in this league. We put forth the effort. It’s a make or miss league also. We made shots finally… This was a very good win, a much needed win for us, with a lot of great performances across the board.”

On The Warriors’ shooting:
“At the end of the day, we have shooters… We’ve gotten a lot of open looks. I’m not a coach that’s going to tell them to stop shooting. Fortunately tonight, they started to go down but more importantly we came right off the jump, defended, took care of the basketball and made a statement.”

On The Team:
“I’ve got a bunch of pros in my locker room. We are not where we want to be, but I have no doubt about the mentality of this basketball team. They’re not going to quit, they’re not going to let go of the rope. This was a great win, and it certainly does make the trip back home a little easier.”

On Ekpe Udoh:
“He (Ekpe Udoh) battles defensively and gives us another offensive weapon. He can post, and he can also knock down mid-range jumpers. He played exceptionally well and it’s good to see. It makes us a tougher team to defend and it gives our perimeter guys much more space to work with.”

Monta Ellis

On Tonight's Game:
“It was a great game. We came out and stuck with the game plan. We made some shots and that was the biggest thing. I think we slowed them down in transition as much as we could and then we got out and ran the ball back at them.”

David Lee

On The Team's 3-Point Shooting:
“All you can really do is have the right guys shooting the threes, and make sure they’re getting good shots up. Then you can’t really worry about anything else. We’ve got guys that are great shooters shooting the ball, and we got good looks.”

On An Improved Third Quarter:
“The first half we played well. The second half, we just wanted to have a good third quarter tonight. It’s been our weakness on the road trip. It was better tonight.”

On Stephen Curry’s Return:
“Steph (Stephen Curry) gave us a big boost there, coming in and hitting a couple shots. He didn’t play many minutes but it was a great return for him and we’re happy to have him back…He wasn’t just out there logging minutes, he had a couple big shots for us tonight and did a great job. We love having him out there. He’s a great presence on the court and he helps with our spacing even if he’s not hitting shots.”

Stephen Curry

On Returning From Injury:
“It was good to get some minutes, get back out there and see how my ankle felt. I didn’t have any setbacks tonight so I guess it was a success. I’m just glad we got the win.”

On Team's Shooting During Road Trip:
“We knew eventually things would turn around for us shooting the ball. We are a good three-point shooting team and a good overall shooting team. I don’t think we will have any more streaks like that this season. Tonight, we tried to set the tone defensively on that end and get some extra possessions.”



Monday, March 5, 2012 – 4:00 p.m.
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

TV: CSN Bay Area (HD)
Radio: KNBR 680


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