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10-0 run leads to Warriors win over Raptors? More like 0-10 run as defense shines

10-0 run leads to Warriors win over Raptors? More like 0-10 run as defense shines

OAKLAND -- The common description will be that the Warriors rode a 10-0 game-ending run to overtake the Raptors and walk out of Oracle Arena with a 117-112victory Wednesday night.

Though the common description isn’t wrong, it doesn’t capture the essence of what took place over the final two minutes.

This might be better described as a 0-10 run, however, because it was the defense that showed up when the Warriors desperately needed something, anything, to save them from defeat.

A Kevin Durant turnover that could have been disastrous instead leads to Toronto’s Jakob Poeltl getting his shot blocked at the rim by Draymond Green, with Klay Thompson coming away with the loose ball.

One stop.

That leads to a Klay Thompson layup that slices the deficit to three, 112-109, with 1:28 remaining.

Toronto’s next possession ends when Kyle Lowry is pressured into missing a 14-foot jumper, with Green grabbing the rebound.

Two stops.

Green finds Durant, who walks into a 3-pointer from the left wing -- reminiscent of the unforgettable decisive shot in Game 3 of the NBA Finals -- tying the score at 112-112 with 1:02 left and forcing a Raptors timeout.

Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan comes out of the timeout and misses a 16-footer that is rebounded by Durant with 46.1 seconds remaining.

Three stops.

That leads to Durant finding Curry for a 3-pointer from three feet beyond the top of the arc that swishes through for a 115-112 lead with 32.1 seconds left, sending a small earthquake through Oracle Arena.

The Raptors still have a chance to come back a retake what they had in their hands a little more than a minute earlier. They had fought so hard, and so well, in snuffing out an 11-point Warriors lead earlier in the fourth quarter.

The ball again goes to Lowry, who misses again -- because Thompson blocks his shot with 16.1 seconds remaining.

Four stops. And now Toronto is desperate.

Poeltl fouls Curry with 5.1 seconds remaining. Curry makes two free throws to seal the victory.

“We just kept our composure,” Curry said. “KD hits a big shot; we’ve seen that before. He finds me for an open 3. I knock it down. And the defense we played, especially Draymond and Klay, down the stretch, the last three possessions, was huge.”

Check the highlights. You’ll see Durant’s game-tying trey. You’ll see Curry’s triple that puts the Warriors in the lead. You might even see Curry’s missed dunk that didn’t count because it came after the Poeltl foul.

You may -- or may not -- see the work that generated all of it.

The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

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The time Bob Myers questioned Mark Jackson's decision: 'I was wrong'

Remember when Mark Jackson was the head coach of the Warriors?

During a recent conversation with ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Warriors GM Bob Myers shared the following story:

"I made a mistake with Mark one time -- after a game we lost, I went up to him right after we lost and asked him -- I think Curry had been having a big game and he ran a play for Carl Landry to take a shot to win the game; and it was a good play and it was a good shot.

"And I went up to Mark and I went, 'Did you think about Curry?' And he looked at me, and you could tell he was kind of containing himself, and he said, 'It was a good play. It was a good play.' And I look at him and I thought, 'I will never do that again.' If I don't trust the decisions the coach makes, then he's not the right coach.

"The coach gets to decide, right? I learned that lesson with Mark that I was completely out of line in asking him. And I apologized, and I'll never forget that lesson that I learned for myself ... I was wrong. And I learned that. So you learn more from mistakes sometimes. I don't do the debriefing with my coach after the game. Win or lose."

The Warriors fired Jackson a couple days after dropping Game 7 to the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs.

Myers was named NBA Executive of the Year in 2015 and 2017.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

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Mike Brown explains why Warriors players respect the young 76ers

On Saturday night in Philadelphia, the 76ers led the Warriors by 24 points early in the third quarter.

With about five minutes left in the game, Golden State led the game 115-97.

It was an incredible turn of events.

On Monday morning, Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown was asked about the 76ers during a radio appearance on KNBR 680.

"They're gonna be good. Right now, they're just kind of finding their way," Brown said. "The thing that I think our guys really like most about that group is -- they don't back down from anybody. They're confident in their abilities, they're confident in their team and they kind of let you know it.

"They talk about it during the course of a game. Our most vocal guy, Draymond, is like that and usually when Draymond shows respect to guys, the rest of our team follows."

Said Steph Curry: "They're on the right path. Waiting on Markelle to get back, and put all the puzzle pieces together but I'm sure they're ready to turn the page from building to actually cementing their idenity and how they're gonna be. I'm pretty sure they're close. They play an exciting brand of basketball. In the first half they showed if you're not ready to play, they can come out and do some amazing things."

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Kevin Durant on Ben Simmons: "Something I've never seen before as really playing the point guard at that height and that speed and that strength. You can tell he's an Aussie, too, because he doesn't mind getting into some scuffles or showing his little fiesty side. That's gonna mean well for the Sixers down the line ... all the amazing pieces that they have here ... they're gonna be a load coming up this year, next year, year after that."

Also -- Joel Embiid is hilarious and the world is a better place because of him.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller