SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Kerr made some extent to notice the circumstances to his gamers throughout their walkthrough earlier than going through the Spurs: it had all of the makings of a entice sport.
His phrases proved prescient solely hours later, because the Golden State Warriors misplaced 112-107, struggling to indicate the identical battle they did to get revenge in opposition to Phoenix an evening earlier. The loss snapped an 11-game residence successful streak.
Golden State mounted a livid fourth-quarter comeback, erasing a deficit that grew as massive as 22, to take a short lead however the burst of power proved to be too little and too late.
Steph Curry ignited the Warriors offense — and the sold-out crowd inside Chase Middle – by pulling up at halfcourt as the ultimate seconds ticked off the clock within the third quarter. On his second dryspell of the week — he shot 7-of-28 from the sphere — this one was moist.
Over the following 8 minutes, 45 seconds of sport time, the Warriors restricted San Antonio to a single area aim to lastly pull even at 101 on a Curry foul shot. Draymond Inexperienced gave them the lead with 2:39 left whereas falling into the entrance row of courtside followers, Golden State’s first benefit since main 9-8.
Curry completed with a game-high 27 factors, however he missed three quarters or extra of his photographs for the second time this week.
It took till the second half for the Warriors to get up. The Warriors fell behind by 11 with 6:56 to go within the first quarter and didn’t get again inside single digits till the 1:49 mark of the second quarter.
Chase Middle was lacking the identical power it had the night time prior when it hosted the highest two groups within the Western Convention. With an in depth loss in Phoenix earlier this week and a convincing win Friday, the Warriors confronted their measuring sticks earlier than they stepped on the courtroom in opposition to San Antonio.
Tipoff Saturday got here lower than 24 hours after the ultimate buzzer Friday.
Curry missed his first 9 makes an attempt from the sphere whereas Golden State fell behind by as many as 22 factors within the first half.
The sector had been ready to erupt each time Curry took a shot, and on his tenth try from the sphere, he lastly discovered the online. It was a 3-pointer that ended a 37-19 run that stretched for greater than 10 minutes of the second quarter, closing Golden State’s deficit from 43-21 to 62-58.
Nonetheless, the Spurs shortly sprang two extra buckets earlier than halftime, and it took the Warriors till late within the fourth quarter to attract any nearer.
The Warriors went with out a level for a stretch of greater than 5 minutes throughout the first quarter, permitting San Antonio to mount a 17-0 run.
Their gradual begin couldn’t have been symbolized any higher than how the primary quarter completed. After making a steal on one finish, Curry botched a layup in transition, resulting in a breakaway bucket for Lonnie Walker IV that made it 36-19.
It was simple sufficient to see the Warriors’ dud coming Saturday, even Kerr telegraphed the chance in his pregame question-and-answer session.
“It’s a traditional entice sport,” Kerr mentioned. “It’s going to be about our power and our skill to focus. … so we’re going to have to search out the power after final night time’s sport.”