Game Links #41: Golden State Warriors 104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder 99 - Warriors host another top team, Warriors BEAT another top team.

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Game thread: Game Thread: Warriors host Thunder, comment live (1980+ comments)
Preview: Warriors-Thunder Preview: Working on the Right Moves

Thunder: Welcome to Loud City
Recap: Thunder final score: Warriors prove to be too much for the Thunder, winning 104-99
Game thread: 2012-2013 Game 43 Preview: Thunder See Matchup Advantages vs. Warriors


Recaps

Associated Press: Curry, Lee lead Warriors past Thunder 104-99 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Warriors edge Thunder behind Curry's 31
Jimmy Spencer: Instant Replay: Warriors 104, Thunder 99
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors show no fear of Oklahoma City Thunder
Rusty Simmons: Warriors get past Oklahoma City
Adam Lauridsen: Uncharted Territory (Warriors 104, Thunder 99)


Pregame News

- warriors.com latest blog entry talks about Kent Bazemore's enthusiasm.
DotCome Blog: Bazemore's Infectious Passion

- Matt Steinmetz puts up who he thinks should be in the All-Star reserves list.
Matt Steinmetz: Steinmetz's Western Conference All-Stars

- The reserve ballots were filled this morning, the results come out tomorrow.
Rusty Simmons: Curry, Lee about to learn All-Star fates

- Previews of the game.
Jimmy Spencer: W's to be supremely tested by Thunder at Oracle

Pregame Videos

- KNBR, 95.7 FM Audio
9:42 min: 95.7 FM: Rick Barry on The Rise Guys
16:15 min: KNBR: Bob Myers with Gary and Larry
16:36 min: KNBR: Marcus Thompson II with Fitz and Brooks
10:25 min: 95.7 FM: Harrison Barnes on The Drive


Flop fine, $5,000: Kevin Martin


Postgame News

- Various notes from the game.
Kyle Bonagura: Warriors win another measuring-stick game

Postgame Videos


Ric Bucher interviews David Lee and Stephen Curry right after the game.


David Lee in the locker room.


Stephen Curry in the locker room.


CSN highlights, recap.


Highlights by gumbywithpokey, part 1.


Highlights by gumbywithpokey, part 2.

- Recap and highlights from nba.com's game page:
Curry's Reverse Layup
Lee Finishes Strong
Lee's Hanging Layup
Hesitation for the Tear Drop
Thunder vs. Warriors: First half
Thunder vs. Warriors

- Postgame quotes and stuff from warriors.com recap
Photo Gallery

Audio
Warriors vs Thunder: Postgame Interviews (1/23/13) by Warriors
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
"That’s a pretty good basketball team with some big time weapons. We made adjustments and at times we tried to get the ball out of KDs (Kevin Durant) hands. They missed some shots as well, but just a great effort by us. I thought we battled, made multiple effort plays and made the adjustments. In a situation like in the first half we were asking Festus Ezeli to make professional reads. Sometimes you forget that this is just his 41st game of the year – it’s an adjustment, but I thought he played great. I think overall our defense responded in the second half. They shot 56 percent in the first half and then they shot 36 percent in the second half. Part of that is they missed shots, but also part of that is that we defended at a high level."

On if it's meaningful to beat the Clippers and Thunder back-to-back:
"No, and I humbly submit that. Those are two very good basketball teams. We’ve said all along we are not going anywhere and this was not going to be a measuring stick because we know who we are – exactly who we are. We aren’t going to rest on this. Every game whether it’s the Clippers or the Thunder or the games coming up, we have to be prepared, we have to be ready and we have to be focused. That will give us the chance to beat anybody."

On Stephen Curry's late steal:
"At that time we wanted to get the ball out of (Kevin) Durant’s hands or at least make him take a tough shot so we committed two guys to him. Actually I just watched it again and it was a great read by Steph (Stephen Curry) because (Russell) Westbrook is a little further out. Steph (Stephen Curry) anticipated the play and got back in the picture, that’s what we talk about multiple effort plays, he was on (Russell) Westbrook initially but got back into the play. That’s what good defensive teams do and that’s what good defensive individuals do. They make multiple effort plays and make sure they are in the mix."

On his impressions of the team so far:
"We are a very good basketball team that is very young, committed, believe in each other and believe in the promise – led by two All-Stars. Whether anybody wants to acknowledge them or not we are claiming them that."

On David Lee and Carl Landry:
"They did a great job. David (Lee) had his 17th 20 point, ten rebound game of the season – leads everybody in basketball. I thought early on he missed some chippies, but he continued to grind, continued to battle and made plays. Showed why he deserved to be in Houston. As far as Carl (Landry) goes, 25 minutes and to put the numbers that he put up and to be a force in the paint, to rebound, to defend and set great screens – I thought those guys did a great job setting the tone for us. They took the pressure off of Steph (Stephen Curry) and our perimeter guys from carrying us all night long."
Stephen Curry
On what it would mean to him if he and David Lee were named All-Stars:
"You look around the arena and we have a lot of passionate and supportive fans. They’re there no matter if we have great years or bad years. I think it would be great for them to have representatives in Houston and to have two guys that led us to over .500. It’s definitely a big deal."
David Lee
On the team's season so far:
"We’re continuing to get better. We’ve played hard basketball for about a week and a half and got through a tough part of our schedule. Tonight we came back and got another big win at home. We had a great crowd, and we decided to go out there and play and do what we do."

On his offensive performance:
"I just tried to be aggressive. I came out and tried to rebound the basketball and be aggressive offensively. Our guards got me involved really well tonight. I had a shaky first quarter, but came back in the second half and just decided to continue to attack and it worked out."

On what it would mean to him if he and Curry were named All-Stars:
"It would mean a lot. I think the reason we’d be All-Stars is because of our team’s resurgence. This team has been without an All-Star since 1997 and I think we’ve made great strides this year, so Steph Curry for All-Star."
Harrison Barnes
On this win being symbolic:
"No question, when you have a great player like Steph [Curry] command a lot of attention, Carl [Landry] stepped up and got 20 points and seven rebounds, D-Lee [David] getting 22 points and 12 rebounds and Klay [Thompson] with 19 points; everyone pitching in and doing their part. I think that’s kind of the story this year. Every guy has had this type of night but regardless of that, guys have stepped up and contributed."

On figuring out how to close games out:
"I think we are still learning but we are doing a much better job of executing down the stretch. We have had some big games and winning in L.A. [Clippers] and at Miami and now winning this one at home. We have been able to execute down the stretch but we have to continue doing that and getting better."

Interesting Tweets
(after the game)
RicBucher: Warriors aren't giving a timeline for Andrew Bogut's return but they're making a concerted effort to showcase his

improvement. The Warriors could have him work out before games at just about any time, and it would make sense to have him work out early when the bench unit gets in their work, but Bogut is going through his shooting routine after 6 pm, when the building opens to fans. For what it's worth, he shot running jumpers before Wednesday's game, far more activity than the stand-still jumpers he had been taking, and looked comfortable doing it. The lift on his jump also would suggest reports that he has been dunking in practice are legitimate. Based on how he looks and his desire to at least get in a couple of weeks of scrimmaging in practice before he plays a game, an appearance right before or after the All-Star break seems the likeliest scenario as of right now.

Notes

- No interesting notes tonight.


What's next?

- Here comes the first of two nasty 4-games-in-five-nights road trips. The Bulls don't have Derrick Rose back yet, but they're still playing pretty well. You'll see former Warriors Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli, and maybe even a few minutes of the Space Cadet, Vladimir Radmanovic.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Fri Jan 25 5:00 PM @Bulls CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Sat Jan 26 5:30 PM @Bucks CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Mon Jan 28 4:00 PM @Raptors CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Tue Jan 29 4:00 PM @Cavaliers CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Thu Jan 31 7:30 PM Mavericks TNT KNBR 680
Sat Feb 2 7:30 PM Suns CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Tue Feb 5 5:00 PM @Rockets CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Wed Feb 6 5:00 PM @Thunder CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Fri Feb 8 5:00 PM @Grizzlies CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Sat Feb 9 5:30 PM @Mavericks CSNBayHD KNBR 680

Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.

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