Game Recap: Warriors vs. Clippers - 12/25/11

Cold Shooting Costs Warriors In Christmas Night Opener
A sellout crowd of 19,596 Santa-hat wearing fans made for a festive atmosphere at Oracle Arena, but cold shooting doomed the Warriors in a 105-86 Opening Night loss to the Clippers on Christmas night. The Warriors shot just 39.0 percent from the field and the Clippers put it out of reach with a 23-5 run to close out the game. David Lee led the Warriors with 21 points and 12 rebounds and Monta Ellis added 15 points and eight assists in Mark Jackson’s coaching debut. The Warriors will look for better results when they host the Bulls
on Monday.


Game Highlights

Warriors Opening
Night Intro

Monta Ellis
Spinning and Hitting

Biedrins Cleaning Up

Tim Roye's Game Recap - 12/25

Mark Jackson Postgame - 12/25

Andris Biedrins Postgame - 12/25

Stephen Curry Postgame - 12/25

Monta Ellis Postgame - 12/25


Lee - 21
Ellis - 15

Griffin - 22
Billups - 21

Lee - 12
D. Wright - 9

Butler - 10
Griffin - 7

Ellis - 8
Curry - 4

Paul - 9
Two Tied - 4

Curry - 2
Two Tied - 1

Butler - 3
Three Tied - 2

Mark Jackson

On Tonight's Game:
“We are a team right now that plays in spurts. The great teams don’t do that, it gets you in trouble. There are times that we look like we really understand what we are trying to accomplish, and then there are times, looking at the third and fourth quarter, where we look like a lost basketball team. We lose sight of what we are trying to accomplish and we make mistakes. Got to take care of the basketball, can’t give up easy paint scores, can’t put them on the free throw line and you have to get stops. 64 points in the second half just won’t cut it.”

On Andris Biedrins:
“In spurts, he played very well. Solid defensively, altered shots, blocked shots, rebounded well. I thought he played with confidence. Got a little fatigued out there, but he played with confidence and that’s what we are going to need.”

On Brandon Rush:
“I thought he gave great minutes. Thought he battled on the boards, he doesn’t get himself into trouble, understands his strengths and plays to them. He’s a high IQ basketball player and he gave us a lift off the bench tonight.

On Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups:
“Chris Paul is very good. He’s very good in pick and roll situations, hurt us on a couple of isolations, very good at the top of the circle, makes plays for himself and others. Chauncey Billups is a wily veteran and knows how to make contact. They outplayed our backcourt today. That’s going to happen. I still believe in my guys, no question about it.”

Stephen Curry

On Tonight's Game:
“We just didn’t have our best performance in the fourth quarter. The good thing is, tomorrow night we are playing so we can come out and try to turn it around and get back to executing like we did in training camp. We have another good team in Chicago coming in and we have to protect home court.”

On The Clippers:

“The combination of him and Chauncey (Billups) are veteran guys and Mo Williams in the second unit is a veteran team that has been around and won a lot of games so they know how to play. They became a really experienced team overnight. We get to see them three more times so hopefully we figure it out by then.”

On What Changed From The First Half To The Second Half:
"It’s a combination of a lot of things; they got a lot of easy baskets down low. We took them off the glass early in the game and we dominated the paint. They clawed their way back with that. Easy transition points and giving them the ball back in turnovers. We have to value the ball.”

Monta Ellis

On The Clippers' Fourth-Quarter Run:
“I don’t think they did anything special, I think we did it to ourselves. We came out flat in the second half and they ran away with the lead.”

On What Changed From The First Half To The Second Half:
“I think our defense intensity. We gave up 64 points. It’s unacceptable.”

On Chris Paul:
“He’s a great player. He’s going to make that team better, but like I said I don’t think it was nothing they did…we did it to ourselves.”



Sunday, December 25, 2011

Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA


Monday, December 26, 2011 – 7:30 p.m.

Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA

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