Seven worst losses of Warriors' season
Seven Warriors blunders
Here are seven games the Warriors would love to replay, losses that defy logic, had their fans grumbling and gritting their teeth and maybe scowling in disgust. These are the moments that chapped the skin of CEO Joe Lacob, leading him and others to wonder about the proficiency of coach Mark Jackson.
Dec. 9 at Time Warner Cable Arena: Bobcats 115, Warriors 110
If measured by individual stats, Stephen Curry's annual homecoming went well. He scored 43 points, 32 in the second half, 19 in the final quarter. He was responsible for pulling his team into an 88-88 tie with 8:52 left to play. Curry won the battle, but Kemba Walker's team won the war. The Charlotte guard scored 31 points, 27 in the second half – and accounted for all 15 of his team's points over the final 5:01. Kemba Walker single-handedly finished off the Warriors. Kemba Walker.
Dec. 19 at Oracle Arena: Spurs 104, Warriors 102
Despite the Warriors failure to back down against the Spurs last postseason, San Antonio has bullied the Warriors for the better part of two decades. And here was an opportunity to beat the bully, as the Spurs sat their future Hall of Famers – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – on a visit to Oracle Arena. And the Warriors failed to take advantage, blowing a 14-point second-quarter lead and falling a Spurs team led by . . . Marco Belinelli (28 points) and Tiago Splitter (game-winning tip-in).
Jan. 15 at Oracle: Nuggets 115, Warriors 110
One week removed from a 10-game win streak, most of which was achieved on the road, the Warriors returned knowing nine of their next 12 games would be at Oracle. It was time to exploit home cooking. And the Warriors were outplayed by the Nuggets. After building a reputation for solid defense through the first quarter of the season, the Warriors allowed Denver to shoot 54.2 percent for the field and gain a 28-9 advantage on fast-break points. It felt like a blown opportunity because, well, it was.
Feb. 4 at Oracle: Bobcats 91, Warriors 75
Eight weeks after absorbing a loss to the Bobcats in Charlotte, the Warriors outdid their ineptitude by taking a double-digit defeat on their home floor. Al Jefferson (30 points, 13 rebounds) was unstoppable and the Warriors' offense was unfathomably bad. Their 31.2 percent shooting was the worst in nine years. They trailed by as much as 22 – to the Bobcats. "We've got to find a way out of this," Jackson said. "We are, right now, taking the life out of the building."
March 14 at Oracle: Cavaliers 103, Warriors 94
Coming off a loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles, this was a chance to get well at home against one of the league bottom-dwellers – and the Warriors sensed as much. But after taking a 20-4 lead less than six minutes into the game and a 36-18 lead early in the second quarter, the Warriors were outscored 85-58 by the Cavaliers over the final 34 minutes. The Warriors were so shaken they conducted a team meeting immediately afterward. They won their next three games.
March 30 at Oracle: Knicks 89, Warriors 84
Andrew Bogut was out. So was David Lee. And still, the Warriors, perhaps sniffing the playoffs, raced out to a 34-22 lead early in the second quarter. And then watched New York go on a 34-12 run silencing the crowd and taking a 12-point halftime lead. Curry attempted a one-man comeback, but faded along with his teammates down the stretch.
April 10 at Oracle: Nuggets 100, Warriors 99
With an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth on their home floor against a lottery-bound opponent, the Warriors took a 20-point second-quarter lead and basically left the building, as if their empty jerseys could finish the job. The Warriors were thoroughly outplayed before their deeply disappointed fans. Denver's comeback was more a function of effort than skill. The Warriors were pummeled on the glass (63-38) and outscored 27-4 on second-chance points. Given the circumstances, this was the Warriors' worst performance of the year.