The Golden State Warriors’ struggles in San Antonio continue.
Dejounte Murray hit a clutch 3-pointer with 12.6 seconds to go, and Draymond Green bricked the game-tying shot from beyond the arc as the Spurs beat the Dubs 105-100. The Warriors are 3-41 over their last 44 games in San Antonio.
Stephen Curry was his usual brilliant self, leading Golden State with 32 points, including some big buckets to give the team a chance to win late in the game. Kelly Oubre Jr continues to improve as well, finishing with 24 in the loss.
The Dubs shot themselves in the foot in this one. They turned the ball over 20 times, which resulted in 17 points for the Spurs.
Golden State led 80-78 after three quarters but fell behind after a rough start to the fourth. With Curry on the bench, the Dubs went one-for-10 from the field and were outscored 15-6 over the opening 6:27 of the quarter.
When Steph got back into the game, he hit some ridiculous shots to keep the Warriors in it, but this one came down to three moments.
With San Antonio up 98-95, Green missed a pair of free-throws that would have brought Golden State within one.
On the Spurs’ next possession, the Dubs played excellent defense for the entire 24 seconds. Andrew Wiggins was all over Murray, who hit a heavily-contested step-back three from the corner that put San Antonio up by four with 12.6 seconds left.
Curry put his Superman cape on and connected on a deep 3-pointer that brought Golden State within one.
Needed it.@StephenCurry30 || #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/Gyz0265xsD— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 9, 2021
DeMar DeRozan was intentionally fouled and hit both free throws to increase the lead back to three.
On the following possession, the Spurs denied Curry the ball, and it was inbounded to Green. Despite having 8.2 seconds on the clock, Green chucked up a shot from deep, which hit nothing but backboard.
Head coach Steve Kerr said he should have done a better job of preparing his players during the timeout.
“He thought they were gonna foul him. And that’s why he put it up, thinking he’d get three free throws out of it,” Kerr said. Probably my fault for not informing the team that the Spurs don’t usually foul”
Green finished with three points shy of a triple-double but cost the team a chance to tie the game.
It was a frustrating way to lose this game. The Dubs played well for 42 minutes, but their fourth quarter effort was lackluster.
Golden State fell to 12-12 on the season and looks to be set as a .500 team. The Athletic’s Anthony Slater summed up the season nicely.
The Warriors have a 12-12 record. They've scored 2,734 points and given up 2,732 points. They haven't won or lost more than two in a row. They are about as .500 as an average team can get right now.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 9, 2021
The two teams will run it back on Tuesday. Let’s hope the Warriors can get a rare win in San Antonio before heading home for four-straight games.
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