The Golden State Warriors didn’t deserve to win this game, which is probably why Stephen Curry didn’t get the foul call he pleaded for on a game-winning shot attempt.
Alas, the Warriors fell 98-96 to the Clippers on Thursday night at Oracle Arena after Curry’s contested three-pointer in the closing seconds was well short. It appeared that Chris Paul fouled Curry in the act of shooting, but no call was made, and the Clippers walked away with a 2-1 advantage in the series.
But the game wasn’t decided on that one play, nor can the refs be blamed for the Warriors’ loss.
The Warriors have no one to blame but themselves for a sub par offensive display, and a horrific night from beyond-the-arc, going 9-for-31, or 19.4 percent. Curry was limited yet again by the Clippers’ stifling defense, as Doc Rivers‘ game plan was to have anyone but No. 30 shooting the ball. It worked, as Curry had just 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting, and would have had a lot less if not for a couple of miracle threes near the end of the game.
Speaking of which, the Warriors nearly turned a 16-point second half deficit into an amazing comeback win. They went into the fourth quarter down 75-64, and for the first time all game, got some offensive rhythm going. Draymond Green stepped up and made some huge momentum-swinging plays. A 15-6 run cut the lead down to one at 87-86 with 4:24 to play. But a quick five points by the Clippers gave them some breathing room. Down eight with a minute and a half on the clock, Curry hit a couple of incredible threes to pull the Warriors closer, but he could not hit the final shot that would have won it all.
Instead, the Warriors find themselves in a bad position, down 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News pointed out before the game that it would be imperative for the Warriors to take care of business at home in order to win the series. But now, home court advantage switches back to the Clippers and the Warriors will definitely need to win Game 4 to have a realistic shot at advancing in the playoffs.
Blake Griffin had himself another monster game with 32 points. DeAndre Jordan took full advantage of the absence of Andrew Bogut, grabbing 22 rebounds to go along with 14 points. The Warriors were paced by 26 from Klay Thompson, and Green added 13 off the bench.
Tale of the Tape
- Field-goal percentage: 41.6% (37-89)
- Three-point percentage: 19.4% (6-31)
- Rebounds: 52
- Assists: 26
- Turnovers: 17
- Bench points: 21
- Field-goal percentage: 46.5% (40-86)
- Three-point percentage: 28.6% (8-26)
- Rebounds: 47
- Assists: 35
- Turnovers: 13
- Bench points: 13
Good to Know
Stephen Curry: “Obviously it was a 50/50 call. I thought it should’ve went my way, but it didn’t. It’s a frustrating way to end the game.”
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) April 25, 2014
What’s on Tap
Game 4 is on Sunday afternoon at Oracle.
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