Game Links #33: Golden State Warriors 94 @ Orlando Magic 81 - That's what you do to bad teams, you mop them up!

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Recaps

Associated Press: Warriors beat Magic 94-81 for 6th straight win | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Golden State steals some magic in Orlando
Rusty Simmons: Warriors' defense eases path to victory in Orlando | (Mobile)
Rusty Simmons: Game 33: Warriors 94, Orlando 81
Jimmy Durkin: Warriors blow out Orlando Magic 94-81 | (Mobile)
Jimmy Durkin: Game 33 rewind: Warriors don’t look ahead to South Beach, crush Magic
Monte Poole: Instant Replay: Warriors close out 2013 with win over Magic
Monte Poole: Warriors' bench finally joins the party
Adam Lauridsen: The Happiest Place on Earth (Warriors 94, Magic 81)


Pregame News

- Previews of the game.
Monte Poole: Fast Forward: Warriors looking to avoid trap in Orlando
Jimmy Durkin: Pregame notes: Warriors not fueled by last year’s loss in Orlando

Pregame Videos

Postgame News

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Postgame Videos

- Postgame quotes and stuff from warriors.com recap:
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Mark Jackson
On taking care of business:
“Yes. That’s what the good teams do. They handled their business. It’s a team that obviously early in the game was shorthanded, but I like the way we responded. We came with the correct mindset. A big win from beginning to end.”

On playing the reserves the entire fourth quarter:
“I think it’s important. Obviously our starters play a lot of minutes, a lot of heavy minutes. And it’s important that when we have an opportunity to take care of business that we do so. And get quality minutes for the reserves also. I thought the bench did a great job. Mo (Marreese Speights) continues to play well. I thought Kent (Bazemore) was establishing a rhythm. Draymond (Green), another game with four blocked shots and rebounding the basketball. Just a quality, quality win for us. Guys played well individually and collectively.”

On the team's defense:
“Well we’ve been this way all season long. We’ve had moments where we weren’t as effective as we’d like to be. But, when you look at the numbers, holding a team under 40, that’s the 14th time all year. Only Indiana has done it 15 times. So, we’ve got to get some recognition as far as the way that these guys defend on a high level contrary to popular belief. Awfully proud of my guys and now it’s on to the New Year and I’m looking forward to a great challenge in Miami.”

On playing 48 minutes of defense:
“It’s big. You’re going to have nights where teams make shots. We were not sharp. We were not as quick as we normally would be early in the Cleveland game, but I like the way we responded. When you talk about giving ourselves a chance to win, it was because of our defense. And tonight I thought our guys responded very well, understanding that we can’t give a young talented basketball team life. And we defended from the opening jump and really was locked in.”

On scoring in the paint:
“We’re a team that obviously what’s going to be known about us, is our great shooting ability when you have a backcourt of Steph (Stephen Curry) and Klay (Thompson). But, we’re also a team that likes to get the ball in the paint and make plays via dribble penetration, post-up, rebounds. David (Lee) is playing at high level the last 10-12 games. The David Lee that we’ve come to expect and appreciate around here and it makes a difference. It opens up a lot of things for us. We’re in a rhythm right now and we want to keep it going.”

On starters making hustle plays with a big lead:
“Well, it’s the little things. The mentality, that approach becomes contagious. We’ve got guys leading not just with their mouth, but they’re leading by example. The way that they’re competing is great to see.”
Draymond Green
On today's game:
“One thing we know about our second group is anytime we step onto the floor, we don’t necessarily have to boost the lead but we definitely have to maintain it. The way we maintain it is with our energy level on the defensive end. When we play good on the defensive end as a second unit, then I will get a couple buckets or Mo Speights will get it going on the offensive end…Harrison will get a couple of buckets…Ken will get a couple of buckets. We feed off of our defense. I thought we brought great energy tonight coming off the bench especially with the way the starters started off the game.”

“There have been a few times this year where we (bench) couldn’t hold onto the lead and Coach had to go back to the starters. You never want that. That is when something freaky may happen and you never know. Those guys did their work and we need to let them get their rest. Tonight we were able to boost the lead a little bit which was good for us and good for the starters who could continue to get their rest. It is a long road trip so rest is going to be important.”

“This team is maturing. It is easy at any time to look forward to Miami on the schedule because everybody is gunning for Miami. When you can come into Orlando, a team who has some talent, and just hasn’t put it all together yet, and is a young team that is going to continue to grow. They popped us twice last year, and we knew we had to come in here and take this game very seriously and we were able to do that. It turned out well for us.”

On holding another opponent to less than 40% shooting:
“It is showing in our record. The last six games we are 6-0. One thing we really struggled with early was we were giving up way too many points. One thing we feel like we have are scorers, so when you get it done on the defensive end you will have a lot of games go in your favor. We are definitely locking in on the defensive end and not forgetting that that’s the end that is going to win you basketball games.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“It was a big challenge for us to come in focused and locked into the big picture of what we are trying to do during this road trip. We wanted to get the first two and get ready for the tough task down in Miami. I feel like we are playing some good basketball right now and our defense is showing up so we are feeling pretty good right now.”

“We are just locked in (defensively), communicating, and being there for each other on the help side. We are not relying on one guy to shut down their main scorers. Our help defense and the way we have been rotating, we are on the same page right now. We need to keep that going.”

“It is a long road trip and the fact that everybody is involved with us winning tonight…Ken played amazing and made some huge plays. Mo gave us some big time minutes. We know what we get from Draymond every night so it was a huge win.”

“They (Bogut and Lee) do a great job of man handling the paint. We know that they have some big guys crashing the glass and they sacrifice their bodies in cleaning it up and getting guys in transition. Sometimes when they are holding off their guys, it is the guards responsibility to come back and get those long rebounds and in turn push transition off of that.”

“We need to bring the same intensity (vs. Miami). We feel like if we play the way we are supposed to play, we can beat everybody in this league. That is the mindset that we have and it is nice to have everybody healthy and ready to go to finish out this road trip and keep the momentum that we have.”
Kent Bazemore
On tonight's game:
“You want everybody to feel like they are a part of the team. Every guy walking around the locker room has a smile on his face because it is a collective effort from everybody in blue. These past two games have been very good against two very tough teams at home. These are big wins for us.”

Notes

- That was FUN!


What's next?

- The biggest test of this road trip is both facing the Miami Heat and doing it after New Years Day. You can bet they didn't forget about our win at their home last season.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Thu Jan 2 4:30 PM @Heat CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Fri Jan 3 4:30 PM @Hawks CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Sun Jan 5 3:00 PM @Wizards CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Tue Jan 7 5:00 PM @Bucks CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM
Wed Jan 8 4:30 PM @Nets CSN Bay Area KNBR 680 AM

Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.


Start Four

- It's a fun little game we've been playing around here. Pick 4 guys who you think will produce the highest total score based on their stats: pts + rebs + ast + 2*stl + 2*blk - to. How did you do in tonight's game?
startfour.com: Golden State Warriors @ Orlando Magic


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Wednesday 1/01/2014

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