Game Recap: Warriors vs. Knicks - 12/28/11

Warriors Rally To Knock Off The Knicks
After grinding it out with the Knicks for the better part of three quarters, the Warriors rallied over the final 18 minutes and notched a 92-78 victory in front of another sellout crowd at Oracle Arena. With Stephen Curry out with an ankle injury, Brandon Rush stepped up and scored 12 of his 19 points in the third period. Monta Ellis then took over in the fourth, scoring 12 of his 22 points in a period that saw the Warriors out-score New York 28-14. Winners of two in a row, the Warriors will host the 76ers on Saturday in a New Year’s Eve contest tipping off at 6 p.m.


Game Highlights

Monta's Steal & Slam

Rush's Rejection

Tim Roye's Game Recap - 12/28

Mark Jackson Postgame - 12/28

Brandon Rush Postgame - 12/28

Monta Ellis Postgame - 12/28

David Lee Postgame - 12/28

Ish Smith Postgame - 12/28

Dominic McGuire Postgame - 12/28

Dorell Wright Postgame - 12/28


Ellis - 22
Rush - 19

Stoudemire - 16
Two Tied - 14

Brown - 10
Wright - 8

Stoudemire - 10
Douglas - 6

Ellis - 8
Smith - 4

Bibby - 4
Fields - 3

Udoh - 3
Two Tied - 2

Fields - 3
Four Tied - 1

Mark Jackson

On Tonight's Game:
“Got to give our guys credit. Ish (Smith) is a guy that was on the streets a week ago looking for a job and here he is playing…counted on to make plays. He did an outstanding job. Had seven of our first 10 points he made mistakes but he’s’ not playing for a coach that’s going to cuss him out and yell at him. I’m going to nurture him; I’m going to love him. He responded, he really gave us some quality minutes and gave us a chance to win this game. Brandon Rush was outstanding…again. Rebounding, scoring and taking advantage of matchups. At the end of the day the thing I love about him the most is that he’ll never put himself in a position to make a mistake offensively. He knows exactly who he is, and plays to his strength. It’s a great, great win for us.”

On Defending Carmelo Anthony:
“This is going to be strange to hear, but we are a defensive team. It’s a shocker. Great players are going to come in against us whether it’s home or away and they are going to have great nights. It’s our job to make it tough and not hold our heads down. Follow the game plan, understand what we are willing to give up and if a guy scores 40 it’s going to be 40 on our terms as opposed to on his terms. Ultimately, we did a great job paying attention to the game plan and the strategy. If a guy heats up it’s up to me and the coaching staff to make the adjustments. Our guys did a great job of competing. For the first time, since I can remember, the defense has given a chance to win a ball game. The way we defended in the first half put us into position to win the game in the second half.”

Monta Ellis

On Playing Defense Well Early in the Season:
“We had enough training camp to be on the same page. That’s our focus, to play defense. We are just going out there and getting the job done. That’s what is keeping us in the game and getting a win versus NBA teams like this.”

On Flipping the Switch in the Fourth:
“It was like something came down and twinkled on me. My teammates and coaches just said keep going, our defense is keeping us in it. Great players come in and close games. That’s what they wanted me to do. I came out and made couple of shots, got everybody else involved and we won the ball game.”

Brandon Rush

On Being Labeled a Defensive Team By Coach Mark Jackson:
“I think everybody is buying into what Coach Jackson is talking about and giving a lot of effort in the defensive end. We are getting big stops and getting out running like we do.”

On the Opportunity with the Warriors:
“It’s a fresh start for me and I’m taking full advantage of it.”

Dorell Wright

On The Difference Between Game 1 to 2 and 3:
“We know we can be a good team. I think a lot of jitters, playing on Christmas with everyone watching but we don’t want to use that an excuse. We let the game go in the fourth quarter but now guys are buying into the system and really trusting each other. That’s what it’s about, trusting everybody. That’s what makes good defensive teams when you have four guys behind you that you know who will be there if you get beat. Guys are buying into the system, playing hard and winning feels good. A lot of guys in here won 36 games last year; we don’t want to go through that this year. We want to make the playoffs and be a contender.”



Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA


Saturday, December 31, 2011 – 6:00 p.m.

Oracle Arena – Oakland, CA

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


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