Game Links #68: Golden State Warriors 108 @ Houston Rockets 78 - Defense at the rim, hot shooting from 3, emphatic win to stay in 6th

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Warriors: Golden State of Mind
Recap: Warriors 108, Rockets 78: Mmmmm, Cold Revenge.
Game thread: Warriors at Rockets Pt. IV: Revenge is a dish best served, you know, like, at some point. (1070+ comments)

Rockets: The Dream Shake
Recap: Warriors knock down the Rockets at Toyota Center, 108-78
Game thread: Rockets vs Warriors Game #67 Gamethread
Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors game preview


Recaps

Associated Press: Curry, Thompson lead Warriors past Rockets | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Warriors pick up rare win in Houston
Rusty Simmons: Warriors break through against Houston
Rusty Simmons: Game 68: Warriors 108, Houston 78
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors pound Houston Rockets 108-78
Kyle Bonagura: Instant replay: Warriors 108, Rockets 78


Sat, Mar 16

- Matt Steinmetz expands on his thoughts that things are still good for the Warriors.
Matt Steinmetz: Warriors in good playoff shape, despite latest blowout

- Even though Mark Jackson gave the team the day off today, the entire team showed up for a work out.
Marcus Thompson II: Golden State Warriors insist they're confident

- Rusty takes a look at reasons why each of the 6 teams will and will not make the playoffs.
Rusty Simmons: Warriors among 6 chasing 3 playoff spots


Pregame News

- Previews of the game.
Kyle Bonagura: Warriors must win in Houston to avoid season series sweep

Pregame Videos

- No pregame videos.


Postgame News

- No postgame news.

Postgame Videos


Jim Barnett interviews Stephen Curry right after the game.


Mark Jackson in the hallway.


David Lee 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 to Bogut
Ezeli's Big Follow
Warriors vs. Rockets

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

Audio
Warriors at Rockets: Postgame Interviews (3/17/13) by Warriors
Mark Jackson
On the win:
"It was a great win for us, bouncing back from a disappointing loss the other night. I'm just proud of my guys, extremely proud of my guys."

On the game:
"I thought we were great, obviously you can play the same defense and they can make shots, but at the end of the day we were alert, aware, paid attention to details, we contested shots, we got back to the paint, we rebounded. It was just a thing of beauty. We took care of the basketball. They hurt you often when you turn it over and getting it going in transition, but I'm extremely proud of my guys. Houston spreads the floor, knocked down the long ball, and then it opens up the floor. They went small, the same way they did the last time we played them and they hurt us. Tonight we made the adjustments, we had the same line up and I thought Carl (Landry) gave us very good minutes. I thought our bigs were exceptional and we did a great job on multiple effort plays. Staying at home with the shooters, Klay Thompson was absolutely outstanding, not just offensively but more importantly defensively. He defended one of the best in the business (Harden) and made him work for everything."

On his teams' play:
"I believe in my guys and I know this team is not going to panic. We are going to stay true to who we are. For example, people say why a day off yesterday? You don't start doing things you haven't been doing. That panic. And a day off the day before we came here, everybody was out on the floor, in there working. You just don't see that in all my years of playing, broadcasting, and coaching. This is a special group. I'm honored to coach these guys."
Klay Thompson
On the Warriors back court:
"It was just one of those nights where we had great looks. I think we have one of the best shooting back courts in the league, its easy playing off Steph (Curry) because he spaces the floor so much and he is a great playmaker as well. Everybody on the floor shares the ball so well and when we are unselfish like that it's a thing of beauty. "

On the win:
"It was huge. If we don't take care of business tomorrow in New Orleans this means nothing. We have to get some separation and the Rockets are right on our heels. Every win from here on out is a big, big game and you have to take wins where you get them and it's not easy. We were 0-3 against them and we really needed this one."
David Lee
On the game:
"It was a huge win, coming in here on the road these are the games that count most. Not only because we've lost three times to these guys also coming off a bad loss and also because of the standings where both teams are right now. We got off to a good start and had a very balanced first half and in the second half they made their run and our guys responded well and grinded it out at the end. Houston came out hitting shots (in the third quarter), Jeremy (Lin) hit four consecutive jumpers, as did (James) Harden and they made their run, but we kept playing the same way that got us the lead. We tried to be aggressive and Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) hit some big shots."
Stephen Curry
On the key to the game:
"We were on a mission to just play better defense and do it for 48 minutes. Each time we played them, we got better, but we couldn't put a full game together and we knew coming out in the third quarter that Houston was going to make a run. You have to withstand it the best you can and have good possession on the offensive end and that what we were able to do."

On the win:
"This was a big game for us to start off the road trip with and it's a good feeling and now we have to follow it up tomorrow and not let this win be for nothing. We knew Houston was a high scoring team and they are capable of putting up big number and if we don't stick to the game plan and have multiple efforts. That was a mission for us to come out and we were able to force them to miss some contested jump shots."

Interesting Tweets
gswscribe: #Warriors guard Klay Thompson played big in blowout win at #Rockets. Then he addressed James Harden trade rumors...

Does the fact that many fans hoped the Warriors traded you for Harden play into your matchup with him?

"I had no idea."

You didn't hear about Bill Simmons saying Warriors turned down a trade swapping you and Harden?

"I didn't know that. Even if I did, he can say what he wants. All I know is we've got a better record than them at this point. I seem to play well against him. So, yeah, it don't effect me. All I can control is what I do out there."

Does it motivate you to play well against him when people say they should trade you for him?

"I've got the same drive, no matter if I heard that stuff or if I didn't, to be the best player I can be."

Notes

- No interesting notes tonight.


What's next?

- The Pelicans just played @TWolves and lost today, so they will also have to travel. So if we want to build some momentum heading into the playoffs, we gotta beat them tomorrow, back-to-back or not, and with quality play like today's win.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Mon Mar 18 5:00 PM @Hornets CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Wed Mar 20 5:30 PM @Spurs CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Sat Mar 23 7:30 PM Wizards CSNBayHD KNBR 680
Mon Mar 25 7:30 PM Lakers CSNBayHD NBATV KNBR 680
Wed Mar 27 7:30 PM Kings CSNBayHD KNBR 680

Full broadcast schedule at warriors.com/schedule.

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