Game Recap: Warriors vs. Spurs - 4/26/12

Warriors Slip In High-Flying Season Finale

The curtain closed on the 2011-12 season as the Warriors were defeated by the Spurs 107-101 in Thursday's season finale at Oracle Arena. Chris Wright took advantage of his first career start with an evening full of highlight-worthy dunks to accompany his career-high 25 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Tyler (16 points) and Mickell Gladness (14 points) also had career-highs as the Warriors became the first team to start five rookies since 1971 (Elias Sports Bureau). The Warriors finish the season 23-43 and look for bigger and better things in the 2012-13 campaign.


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Mills - 34
Blair - 22
Blair - 13
Byars - 8
Mills - 12
Two Tied - 4
Byars - 2
Five Tied - 1


C. Wright - 25
Thompson - 17

Tyler - 9
Gladness - 9

McGuire - 8
Jenkins - 7

Jenkins - 3
McGuire - 2

Mark Jackson

On Chris Wright:
“Give him credit. He’s been waiting for an opportunity all year, and to his credit, when he got the opportunity he took full advantage of it. A nationally televised game – proud of his energy his effort and how he got after it.”

On The Season As A Whole:
“Tough one. Obviously, disappointing to the extent that we made a promise – a promise that we did not fulfill. Which is fine. If I had to do it over again I would do it the exact same way. The bar has been set. I think the foundation has been laid for the future. I talk so much about the process, sometimes if you stick true to the process pain is going to come. But if you hold on, and don’t let go of the rope on the other side there are going to be a lot of smiles and a lot of joy.”

“Last time I went home, my family surprised me with a dog. I was surprised to see we had another dog in the house. I have a big dog that I have never heard bark. But he’s a big dog. The little dog, a German Sheppard, as they met the German Sheppard is barking, barking, barking and the big dog is not saying a word. At the end of the day, the little dog looked crazy, but what he was saying was: ‘you are bigger than me now, but I’m going to see you one day and what’s on the inside of me is on the inside of me and you are going to have to see me’. I look at my team that way. We’ve been barking quite a bit, but the day has come, real quickly, and I’m looking forward to it. When we are fully mature and fully grown, the big dog is going to have to deal with us.”

On If He's Happy At Having A Better Chance To Retain Their Lottery Pick:
“Now that it’s over, you have to look at it that way. In the middle of it, we are trying to win. In the middle of it, we are trying to get better. In the middle of it, we are staying true to the process. The process is now over and we are pulling for a higher pick.”

Chris Wright

On Working In The Offseason:
“Going into this offseason I just have to continue to improve. I thought that I had an okay game but there are things that I know that I can improve on. I gave up two offensive rebounds toward the end of the game that I felt that I could’ve gotten and I [also] had a couple of breakdowns defensively. That’s just stuff on film that I’ve got to watch in the offseason and get better. I’ve got to work on my jump shot this summer. I just feel that’s the most important thing right now is me working on my shot and continue working on my game. Tonight I just tried to play to my strengths and not anything else.”

On His Statement Dunk For The First Points Of The Game:
“I just wanted to go out and run the floor. Every time we get the ball and get to pushing they just tell me to run and that’s what I’m going to do. That’s one of my strengths – running the floor. They kept telling me to run and that’s what happened.”

Brandon Rush

On Mark Jackson's Performance In His First Year Of Coaching:
“I think he did a really good, he gave everyone an opportunity to show what they can do. He’s a rookie coach, there are some things he has to work on but I think he’s going to be better next year. I love him coaching us.”

On How Good This Team Can Be Next Year:
“We can be really really good. We’re missing three big guys in Steph (Curry), David (Lee) and (Andrew) Bogut. Luckily I come back next year and we’re going to have a good bench.”



Thursday, April 26, 2012
Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.

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