Game Recap: Warriors vs. Celtics - 3/14/12

Warriors Win Streak Halted By Celtics

It went down to the final seconds, but the Warriors fell just short in a 105-103 loss to the Celtics on Wednesday at Oracle Arena. Kevin Garnett sunk a game-winning shot for Boston with 5.1 seconds left, spoiling an otherwise gutsy effort for the Warriors. Klay Thompson poured in a career-high 26 points, Nate Robinson finished with 20 points and 11 assists and David Lee added 20 points in the defeat. After their three-game winning streak came to a halt, the Warriors will return to action on Friday when they host the Bucks in an Authentic Fan Friday contest.


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Garnett - 24
Bass - 22
Bass - 9
Stiemsma - 8

Rondo - 14
Pierce - 6
Allen - 4
Pierce - 2


Thompson - 26
Lee - 22

Lee - 8
D Wright - 7

Robinson - 11
Thompson - 4

Robinson - 4
McGuire - 3

Mark Jackson

On Klay Thompson:
“I thought we played great. Offensively he was aggressive and also made plays. There is no secret, he is not afraid of the moment. More importantly, defensively he took the challenge of one of the premiere two guards to ever play the game and made life tough for him - thought he played great.”

On The Team Competing Well Following The Trade:
“I’m a guy that played this game and I’m well aware of how impressive it is for my guys – what has taken place the last 24 hours with a big victory on the road and come here and play against a championship team, that has been waiting for us, I could not be more satisfied with the energy, the effort and the commitment from my guys. Now we’re not jumping up and down, but we are certainly not discouraged by what took place tonight. This is a type of performance to build on.”

On What Shot They Were Looking For On The Final Possession:
“A three – we were going for all the marbles. Got a good look. The play wasn’t for Nate [Robinson] but we had shooters on the floor so we were fine with whatever the opening was. Thought it would be asking a lot to go into overtime with all the minutes the guys have played, but we were rolling the dice.”

On Defending The Final Possession For The Celtics:
“I thought Dre [Andris Biedrins] did an outstanding job switching onto Paul Pierce and extending out to the three point line and moving his feet. Brandon [Rush] probably overreacted, but understandably, because he saw Dre [Andris Biedrins] on Paul Pierce. At the end of the day, Kevin Garnett stepped into an 18-footer and we know he can make that shot. I thought the defense was very good up until that point. Great players make great plays. Give [Paul] Pierce credit also, he made the play to an open KG [Kevin Garnett].

David Lee

On Klay Thompson:
“Klay (Thompson) did an unbelievable job. He was playing against his favorite player in the league in Ray Allen and took it as a challenge. I thought our team competed unbelievably tonight on our fourth game in five nights when Boston was rested. We are no longer about moral victories; we deserve to win games when we go out with that intention. However I don’t think anybody on this team can hang their heads down with the way we played tonight. We are ready for Friday and go back to our winning ways.”

On Playing Without Monta Ellis And Ekpe Udoh:
“We need to make everyone on the court a threat. Tonight with the way we were moving the ball and guys were being aggressive. That is when we’re going to be the most effective.”

On Going To Him Late In The Games:
“I think what coach likes about me in those late game situations is that not only am I able to get my own shot but I can also find other guys. Tonight on the final play we did go for the win. Being at home, being on our fourth game on five nights we went for a three point shot. I thought Nate (Robinson) got a great shot up. That’s a shot he can make and we’re happy with him taking that shot.”

Klay Thompson

On Adding More Moves To His Game:
“I have to do that if I want to stay on the floor and keep defenses honest. If I want to be successful I have to add more to my game for this team to keep going.”

On Playing Without Monta Ellis And Ekpe Udoh:
“Without them two, elite players, we just have to be unselfish. We did that well tonight. We just have to play that much harder, especially on the defensive end. We can’t give up easy buckets because we don’t have Monta (Ellis) to bail us out and score 40 a game. We just have to band together. We have done a great job at that the past two games and we have to do that Friday as well.”



Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

Friday, March 16, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

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


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