Warriors Game Day Links: Golden State Warriors 112 vs Houston Rockets 121 - Oracle rocks hard, but Warriors doom themselves by their own mistakes

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StoryStream: Rockets Hold Off Warriors 121-112

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Recaps

Associated Press: Martin, Rockets hold off late surge by Warriors | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Martin leads Rockets past Warriors
Rusty Simmons recap: Smallball keeps Warriors in it, but it's not enough
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors provide fireworks but still lose to Houston Rockets
insidebayarea.com: Slide show: Warriors drop shootout to Rockets


Pregame News

- No pregame news found.

Pregame Videos

Keith Smart after yesterday's practice with an injury update.

Stephen Curry after yesterday's practice with an ankle update.

David Lee after yesterday's practice with a team update.

Keith Smart after pregame shootaround with an injury update.


Postgame News

- Ekpe Udoh made the most of his minutes tonight. Includes some Larry Riley quotes.
Rusty Simmons: Golden State Warriors news, Dec. 21

Postgame Videos

Keith Smart at the podium.

David Lee in the locker room.

Monta Ellis outside the locker room.

CSN highlights, recap.

Ekpe Udoh highlights by gumbyorpokey.

Recap and highlights from nba.com's game page:
Ellis to Amundson
Ellis Splits The Defense
Ekpe Udoh Doing It All
Rockets vs. Warriors: Highlights, recap

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from warriors.com recap

Photo Gallery

Keith Smart
On tonight's game:
"This guy is playing at a great level for us, he is our All-Star. He’s playing every night, every practice. You dream for a guy like that who’s going to bring it hard and play at a high level every single night and practice at a very high rate. Being here with him so long and watching the evolution of him as a real count-on person, one that you can count on every night knowing he will play hard. Some nights he may not play well, but he’s going to try and do the right things."

On a lineup with Jeremy Lin, Acie Law and Ekpe Udoh:
"I was searching for energy. I was searching for energy in the building, energy on the floor. And those guys did it. They got us right back in the game, got us right on their heels of trying to win the game. They did a great job, Ekpe (Udoh) played great. Like I said he was going to get a chance to play and he played fabulous. He did things on both sides of the floor, a dunk on one side, and sprinted to the other end. That unbridled enthusiasm as a young player is what you want and he blocked the shot at the other end. He’s going to be a fine player for our team in the NBA for a long time."

On playing Jeremy Lin:
"I had no plans (to use him). I looked down there and just felt…the guy works every day. Everyday he calls the coach and he’s in there in the early morning working in the gym and I can’t overlook that. I got to look at guys that work hard and want to work hard all the time and he does that. He’s going to make his mistakes, but he works hard and tries to do what you want him to do and tries to defend some people. Again he came in with that group to try and get us back in the game, it was my intention to not play him tonight but he got in and that was it."
Monta Ellis
On tonight's game:
"We have to stay focused as a team and hopefully get over this hump. We have a couple of guys still down, key guys, but we're competing. It just didn't come out our way. They made a lot of big shots down the stretch and they won the ball game."

On Ekpe Udoh:
"He did a heck of a job offensively and defensively. He had an all-around game tonight. He brought the energy and did everything I expect he'll do when he gets a lot of minutes to play."
David Lee
On Ekpe Udoh:
"Ekpe (Udoh) came on and had his first (game) where he had an extended amount of minutes and did a good job. He is very active. The biggest thing for him is to get into complete game shape so he can do it for a long extended period of time. He can be a guy this year that can help us out. He has a great work ethic."

Notes

- Don Nelson was at the game sitting next to Larry Riley.
- According to MT2, BWright said before the game that he will make his return on Sat (Christmas Day) against the Blazers.
- Acie Law has not had time to settle into the Bay Area. He's still living out of a hotel.
- Smart has an idea on what his rotation will be when everyone's healthy.
- David Lee thinks his elbow is getting better and won't be an issue to talk about soon.


What's next?

- It's a bus ride up to Sacramento where we face them on a back to back tomorrow. Then 3 days off before our national Christmas game on Sat.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Tue Dec 21 7:00pm @Kings CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Sat Dec 25 7:30pm Blazers CSNBayHD / ESPN KNBR 680
Mon Dec 27 7:30pm Sixers CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Wed Dec 29 4:00pm @Hawks CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Fri Dec 31 12:00pm @Bobcats CSNBayHD KNBR 680

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