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Warriors Game Day Links #74: Golden State Warriors 114 vs Washington Wizards 104 - Nice plays, nice win, nice time out

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Recap: Recap #74: Washington Wizards 104 @ Golden State Warriors 114 — Monta! Montay! Monté!
Game thread: Game Thread #5,072 (#74 this season): Washington Bullets at Golden State Warriors — Cakewalk. (610+ comments)

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StoryStream: Warriors v. Wizards, NBA Scores: Warriors Win Second Straight, Drop Wizards 114-104

Wizards: Bullets Forever
Recap: Wizards lose to Warriors, 114-104
Game thread: Washington Wizards At Golden State Warriors: Regular Season Game 72 Open Thread


Associated Press: Ellis leads Warriors past Wizards, 114-104 | Photo Gallery
Sports Network: Ellis, Warriors edge Wizards
Rusty Simmons: Monta Ellis' 37 points lead Warriors past Wizards
Marcus Thompson II: Warriors: Monta Ellis maintains focus; Golden State maintains status quo

Pregame News

- No pregame news found.

Pregame Videos

- No pregame videos found.

Keith Smart on Al Thornton, Thurs practice.

Keith Smart and Al Thornton tidbits on facing the Wizards, Thurs practice.

Postgame News

- Al Thornton has given the bench a boost.
Rusty Simmons: Reserves have improved with a Thorn(ton) inside

Postgame Videos

Jim Barnett interviews Monta Ellis right after the game on the TV side.

Keith Smart at the podium.

David Lee in the locker room.

Monta Ellis in the locker room.

CSN highlights, recap.

Highlights by gumbyorpokey.

Recap and highlights from's game page:
Ellis With The Assist
Ellis Getting Fancy
Works Once, Works Twice
Ellis 360 Lay-in
Wizards vs. Warriors

Postgame Quotes and Stuff from recap

Photo Gallery

Tim Roye
2:20 min: Tim Roye interviews Monta Ellis right after the game on the radio side
2:26 min: Tim Roye's Game Recap
Keith Smart
On the team's second half defense:
"We made a switch, we made a big switch. When I was at home today I was thinking in the second half how can I get Dorell (Wright) on the ball and use his length and give a different look. I knew watching the last two games that Coach Saunders was going to look at isolating (John) Wall in the middle of the floor. I didn’t want to show it in the first half I wanted to keep it there close to the vest, and then use it in the second half. I thought Dorell (Wright) did a good job, but I also thought the other big guys when they started to go back to the pick-and-roll action did a good job being up and showing themselves. I thought the guys made some big plays. I though Ekpe (Udoh) made some big plays at the rim, blocking shots. This team in Washington has a lot of young players, high energy, missing a lot of pieces, but they play teams close…good teams. "

On Monta Ellis:
"I think this young man is committed to turning this franchise around. I really believe that he is doing everything he can to put us in the right position with his play… to move us in the right direction. He always texts me and says, ‘Coach I’ll be ready to go, you don’t have to take me out.’ I don’t want to play him those kind of minutes, but I think he’s trying to set a tone for his team that ‘I’ve been through it already’ where you close the season out and you stop playing and I think he’s saying I’m going to go out and compete at a high level until this thing is over and then we’ll start to get our offseason ready for what he wants to do and what the team wants to do."
Monta Ellis
On Setting The Tone:
"Really just take what the defense is giving us. We have the open lanes and wide open shooters. So we just have to find them and in the last few games we have done that."

On Wearing The Wizards Down:
"We were trying to wear them down in the first five minutes of the game but it didn’t go that way. So we had to adjust in the second half and we stepped it up when we needed to and came out with the win."

On Why It’s Important Closing The Season Strong:
"Its our job. Our season is not over with. We have eight more games left and see how many games we can go out there and win."
David Lee
On the team's defense in the second half:
"I think they hit some tough outside shots in the first half. (Maurice) Evans hit a few, (Jordan) Crawford hit a few, Nick Young hit a few. They shot the ball well. (JaVale) McGee was effective, I think he wore down in the second half a little bit but we just tried to keep doing what we were doing and keep the pace up. I think we wore them down as the game went on."

On JaVale McGee:
"He dunked on me on that tip dunk in the first half and hung on the rim a little bit ala Richard Jefferson. He’s a good guy. I told him I promise I will get you back for that. So finally when I got him back I ran after him a little bit and told him I got him back. I tell you what; (JaVale) McGee is heck of a player. He’s still young, a little raw and when he figures it out I think he’s just as athletic as anybody in the league. He deserves a lot of credit and played a great game."


- Jeremy Lin will rejoin the team in OKC.

What's next?

- Back to the road we go, with a Tue/Wed back to back @Thunder and @Grizzlies.

Day Date Time Opponent TV Radio
Tue Mar 29 5:00pm @Thunder CSNBayHD KNBR 1050
Wed Mar 30 5:00pm @Grizzlies CSNBayHD KNBR 1050
Sat Apr 02 7:30pm Mavericks CSNBayPlus KNBR 680
Tue Apr 05 7:00pm @Blazers CSNBayPlus KNBR 680
Wed Apr 06 7:30pm Lakers CSNBayHD KNBR 680