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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2007 12:20 am
Don Nelson
On Tonight's Game
“We have done a good job of keeping it together after a tough loss. We did have a hot hand tonight and made shots. For a change we had 8 guys who all made contributions. It allowed us to give our starters a rest and it left them with a lot in the tank for the 4th quarter."
"I started Al because I felt I had to play them differently since they were so dominant on the boards. Monta seemed to play with more confidence the more he played. We couldn’t have had a better game plan.”

On Baron Davis
Baron was so dominant consistently tonight, with how they were playing him trying to get the ball out of his hands. He was a tremendous defender tonight and got his hands on balls.


Baron Davis
On His Fourth Quarter Dunk
“I shocked myself on that dunk. Knowing we were up, I just tried my luck.”
On Tonight's Game
“We believe we can beat anybody on any given night. When we lost game 2, it really hurt us. We are learning through this series. To come back after being down 2-0, it shows a lot of heart. The most important thing was that we kept the 20 point lead. I just wanted to come out aggressive and head to the rim.”

On Playing Less Minutes
“It made a huge difference playing less minutes. I had a bounce in my step in the 4th quarter.”


Stephen Jackson
On Tonight's Game
“That’s how we play. I think we got out playing our game tonight. We knocked some 3’s down, took the game uptempo and once we got a lead, we know how to keep it at home, it’s harder on the road. But we were able to finish the game tonight.”
“We are done proving stuff to people. We just wanted to go out there and win. We definitely didn’t want to come back Sunday down 3-0. So I think the main focus was to come out here and do anything that we needed to do to win. And I think our captain, our franchise player put the game on his back and made sure we won the game.”


Jason Richardson
On Baron's Fourth Quarter Dunk
“It was the greatest dunk I have ever seen with my eyes in person.”
On Tonight's Game
“We have been playing well at home all season. Guys were hitting 3’s all night. We were only down on ourselves because we turned the ball over and got out-rebounded. They started guarding me on the 3 pointer, so I was able to put the ball on the floor.”

On Baron Davis
“When you think Baron is down, beat up, hurting, he finds a way to come out and play hard.”


Al Harrington
On Making A Statement
“Yeah definitely. We just tried to come out and play as hard as we can, and just get the win. Obviously winning by 20 is beautiful but we realize the team over there is going to come out and play even harder come Sunday. So we just gotta be ready to go.”
On Playing Well At Home
“I told you how we play in this arena. We are a totally different team. We just came out fired up and we figured the more success we have, the more we can get our fans into it and they’ll carry us through, just ride that wave.” On Baron's Fourth Quarter Dunk
“Man, that was incredible. That was old B-Diddy (Baron), when he was in Charlotte. That was incredible. But he was making plays like that all night. What more can you say about him….I know Dirk may have won the MVP of the regular season, but he’s the MVP of the postseason.”


Mickael Pietrus
On His Success Tonight
“When I have confidence I can make them. I did not think about the last two I missed in Utah, it is already over. Now I am thinking about going out there and making them, and tying this series on Sunday.”



POST-GAME NOTES

With tonight’s 125-105 win over the Utah Jazz, the Warriors bring the series to 2-1 and continue to be undefeated at ORACLE Arena during the playoffs with a 4-0 record...The last time the Warriors won a Western Conference Semifinal playoff game was on May 8, 1991 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (125-124)...The last time the Warriors won a home Western Conference Semifinal game was on May 10, 1987 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers (129-121).

The Warriors set a playoff record for margin of victory against the Jazz tonight with their 20 point win...The previous playoff-high for margin of victory against the Jazz was 15 points set at Golden State on 4/29/87.

The Warriors 11 three-point field goals in the first half tied and NBA Playoff record for the most three-point field goals in either half (HOU at UTA 4/29/95; NY at CLE 4/25/95; BOS vs. PHI 5/3/02 and DAL vs. SAC 5/8/03).

The 40 points scored by Golden State in the second quarter set a franchise playoff record for the most points scored in a second quarter (39, vs. PHX, 5/13/89...Golden State finished with a season playoff-high of 70 points at the half...The previous high was 66 points on 5/7 at Utah.

Baron Davis led the Warriors in scoring for the third consecutive time, finishing with 32 points along with nine assists and four rebounds...Davis has led the Warriors in scoring in every game during the Western Conference Semifinals and six times during the playoffs...Davis scored 30-plus for the second consecutive game and four times during the playoffs

Davis set a new season playoff-high with seven assists at halftime...The previous high was six assists at the half also held by Davis on 5/1/07 at Dallas...Baron also set a season playoff-high with six steals with his previous being four steals ina game at Utah on 5/9.

Al Harrington made his first start of the series (third start of the playoffs) and finished the game with 15 points and three rebounds...Harrington is averaging 17.7 points during the Western Conference Semifinals...Harrington has improved his scoring average by 13.2 points during the Semifinals against the Jazz compared to the First Round against the Mavericks.

Andris Biedrins finished with playoff career-highs of 13 points and 13 rebounds, his third double-double of the playoffs and first during the Western Conference Semifinals...Biedrins is averaging 8.3 points and 9.0 rebounds over the last four games.

Michael Pietrus scored 14 points on the night in 19 minutes, his highest point total of the Western Conference Semifinals...Pietrus is averaging 7.3 points over the last four games.
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