4 head-scratching moments that cost the Golden State Warriors in sixth-straight loss

Klay Thompson dribbles in a game between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder
Klay Thompson dribbles in a game between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder / Thearon W. Henderson/GettyImages

In a game lost agonisingly in overtime, there's usually hundreds of moments that prove critical in the final result. That was certainly the case in the Golden State Warriors' sixth-straight loss on Saturday, with the Oklahoma City Thunder prevailing in a 130-123 victory.

The Warriors looked like winning the game on a couple of occasions -- they extended their lead to 18 points in the third-quarter, then led by three after Andrew Wiggins huge triple with just 1.6 seconds remaining.

The Golden State Warriors were left to regret a number of poorly-executed plays in the second-half of their loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday.

Instead, Chet Holmgren hit a buzzer-beating three to send the game to overtime, before Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took control with a series of clutch buckets and a block on a Stephen Curry three-point attempt.

There's a multitude of moments that ultimately led to Golden State's demise for a sixth-straight game, but four in particular may live in the memory of players, coaches and fans as truly crucial in the heartbreaking defeat.

1. Turnovers completely reverse momentum

Klay Thompson's turnaround jumpshot off glass gave the Warriors an 18-point lead nearly halfway through the third-quarter -- the game seemed in control at that point. Gilgeous-Alexander would make a couple of layups in a row, prompting a timeout from Steve Kerr.

Not to panic, the lead is still 14. Maybe that's what Golden State thought because all of a sudden they became lazy -- their next three offensive possessions consisted of two turnovers from Jonathan Kuminga and one from Curry.

In a time they just needed to be stable, consistent and could have easily driven the road team into submission, they let the foot off the pedal by their own doing. In the space of a few minutes OKC went on a 22-6 run and the game was all of a sudden alive again. Moment lost!

2. Warriors fail to overturn foul call

With less than 90 seconds remaining and the Warriors up two, Andrew Wiggins was called for a controversial shooting-foul on Gilgeous-Alexander. Golden State challenged but it was upheld, even though the Thunder star kicked out at Wiggins in an unconventional manner. Steve Kerr wasn't overly impressed when asked in the postgame, and needless to say Gilgeous-Alexander knocked down both free-throws to tie the game.

3. Golden State choose not to foul

To foul or not to foul? That was the decision to be made after Wiggins' three gave the Warriors the lead. They chose not to and it came back to haunt them, with the seven-foot Holmgren striking a pure turnaround triple over Wiggins' contest.

Kerr explained in the aftermath that he was nervous about being called for a shooting-foul with such little time left. While that's fair, the fact Holmgren caught the ball with his back to the basket may have given Wiggins the chance to foul. Easy to say in the aftermath.

4. Klay loses his head

Klay Thompson had a strong start to the game, nailing three catch-and-shoot triples in the first-half for 12 points on an efficient 3-5 shooting. Unfortunately, the fourth-quarter and overtime wasn't quite the same story.

The 33-year-old went 0-6 shooting over the last 17 minutes, but it may be one particular possession that left Warrior fans immensely frustrated. With the game tied at 117, Thompson first tried an extremely difficult leaning wing three over Lu Dort. After Kevon Looney tracked down the offensive rebound, Thompson fired away again on a tightly contested corner three that didn't even draw iron. In a close game, that felt like a significantly wasted possession.