17.03.03 @NOP

SAS 101 - 98 NOP  Box





"Pau's three was huge. We went down five and he hit that three in the corner and it was huge. And Patty hit threes. We shot horribly tonight, but made some when it counted in overtime, fortunately."

"The defense kept us in the game. The last time we were here they scored 119 (to win by 16 on Jan. 27). LaMarcus and Pau did a great job because their bigs are hard to handle and they are great players, but Pau and LaMarcus really battled throughout the evening."



"Some nights the shots are not going in as they usually do, but you have got to find a way to win regardless. You have to do it on the defensive end. You have to keep chipping away and basically just find a way."

"Tonight wasn't pretty. We missed shots. We missed a lot of free throws. But we stayed in the game. We never gave up. That's the positive to take away - our spirit and our composure."

"There were a lot of veteran guys, especially in overtime out on the floor. We have been in those situations before in our career and we just tried to execute to the best of our ability. We kept our poise, our focus and made plays on both ends."




"We chipped away on both ends of the floor and stuck with what we know, stuck with the game plan. There was no need to panic."


"They were real big. On the first one, I got a steal and we got out in transition. I saw him wide open and he knocked it down. Then we called a play, I drove baseline and he was wide open and he knocked it in again. He put us up four and that is big at that point."



"This year, his scoring has picked up from previous seasons, but he still makes big-time plays when he plays on our defensive end and that's what I think defines the best players. These are game-winning plays, championship-caliber type of plays."

"Without those two critical steals, we wouldn't have won the game. Obviously, a lot of plays were part of the game, but those plays were exceptional."


"I was just trying to play the best defense I could. We needed a stop and the ball ended up falling in my hands."



17.03.03 vsLIN  Full Game
LIN 87 - 95 AUS  Box