Well, that was disgustingly entertaining.
The Golden State Warriors blew a 19 point lead in the third quarter, withstood the Minnesota Timberwolves’ surge in the fourth to force overtime. The Warriors nearly won the game with a Kevin Durant four point play that was later ruled as a non shooting foul. Seconds later, Stephen Curry splashed his 11th three to tie the game at 130 all with .5 seconds remaining in the extra period.
The Wolves won 131-130 on the free throw line thanks to an erroneous call on Durant.
Third Quarter Meltdown
After a nearly flawless first half of basketball, the Warriors carried a 19 point advantage to the locker room. In 24 minutes, the Warriors dished 20 assist and 3 turnovers. They closed the second on a 12-2 run to seemingly put the game out of reach.
Ironically, Golden State was couldn’t buy a basket in what was supposed to be their money quarter. In the third stanza, the Warriors shot 0 for 9 from three, committed nine turnovers and had no assists. Minnesota cut into the lead with rebounding and scoring 22 second chance points.
Not to mention the Wolves’ bench outscoring the Warriors’ 49-25.
From the beginning of the third, it seemed as if the Warriors were trying to go for the knockout instead of continuing to move the ball with purpose and making better shot selections. Instead of leaning so heavily on the three, a few middies could have stabilized the Warriors and their lead.
Despite squandering such a huge lead, the Warriors showed enough of competitiveness and resolve to fight their way back into the game. It took every bit of Curry’s offensive and Draymond Green’s defensive heroics to force overtime.
However, the refs had to screw up what was otherwise a completive game with two controversial calls down the stretch.
Does this look like a foul to any of you?
This last sequence in OT pic.twitter.com/IoZdmpFUkd— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 30, 2019
This game should have ended on a Druant four point play. Noticed that Durant’s shot was half way to the basket before the refs began to call the foul in question.
The final play of the game should have been a Minnesota turnover. There was no way that Karl Anthony Towns could have caught that ball. Had the Warriors continued to lock in, the refs wouldn’t have been a factor because it would have been out of their hands.
Ironically, this was what the Warriors needed not only to remind themselves that they have to be engaged and locked in for the entire 48 minutes, but it was also a great unifier.
Steve Kerr on the late 3-point shot from Kevin Durant: “That’s a four point play....”— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) March 30, 2019
“in any league.” pic.twitter.com/VlF5J6cisx
"I want to keep my money cause they gave me two bullsh*t techs... let me just stop talking about the officiating." pic.twitter.com/ZsRa113K72— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) March 30, 2019