Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90

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Warriors self-destruct in 4th, fall to Grizzlies 91-90

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OAKLAND The Warriors had a 20-point lead late in the third quarter and 16-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, but squandered it away. Golden State committed nine turnovers in the final period and were outscored by the Grizzlies 39-22.

Grizzlies 91, Warriors 90Star of the game: Mike Conley scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, including six in the final three minutes to help the Grizzlies to their seventh win in a row.Turnovers galore: The Warriors committed 24 turnovers on the night including 12 combined by Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry which led to 27 Memphis points. The Warriors had nine turnovers in the fourth quarter, many of them leading to fastbreak points. The Grizzlies had 16 fastbreak points on the night all of them coming in the fourth quarter.You think its over and you begin to freestyle and ad-lib and all of a sudden you give a team hope and life, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. To start that fourth quarter, we could have knocked them out and they would have been ready to play their bench guys and pretty much surrender. They got underneath our skin and we didnt respond individually or collectively.Key stretch: With the Warriors clinging to a three-point lead with less than three minutes to go, they committed turnovers on consecutive possessions, each leading to Memphis scores which gave Memphis its first lead since the first lead since 2-0.It boils down to youve got to take care of the basketball, Jackson said. And turnovers absolutely sap the energy of teams and we witnessed it tonight. That had an effect on how we were defending. It was just bad basketball. We just threw the ball all over the place.Biggest lead: Late in the third quarter, the Warriors led the Grizzlies 63-43. That 20-point lead was the Warriors biggest lead of the season. The Warriors were up 19 points against both Chicago and New York, Games Nos. 2 and 3 on the year.Still, it slipped away and turned into the most disappointing loss of the season.Sometimes you dont have to say anything, Jackson said. No speech, no sermon, no message. We all know what took place. You dont want to say anything spur of the moment and well reflect and then talk about it.Winless vs. West: The Warriors entered Mondays game having played only five games against Western Conference, the fewest amount of games against conference teams of any other team.With the loss, the Warriors are 0-6 against Western Conference teams, the only team in the league winless in that area. Mondays game against Memphis was the first of 15 consecutive games against the West.Grizzly start: Memphis was just 15-for-40 from the floor at halftime (37.5 percent), but if you take away its two leading scorers Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol it got even worse. A lot worse.Outside of those two players, the rest of the Grizzlies were shooting 20 percent (4-for-20).Defense first: The Warriors had their best defensive stretch of the season in quarter No. 1. They held the Grizzlies to just 27.3 percent shooting from the field (6-for-22) and forced them into five turnovers.The 13 points given up were a season-low for the Warriors for points in a first period.Getting critical: Warriors coach Mark Jackson remains optimistic about his team, but facts are facts and they were 5-10 before Mondays game against Memphis.Jackson said the Warriors are improving, but not fast enough at this point.What you dont want is to run out of time, Jackson said. There comes a point where you have to speed up the process and we are at that point. We have a great part of the schedule where we will be at home against some very good teams. But in our building you have to take care of business. This is going to be a great stretch for us to begin to show who we are and cement our identity.

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

Draymond laughs at Jazz coach Quin Snyder: 'Like bro ... just chill'

The Warriors left Utah with a 106-99 victory over the Jazz.

With 9.3 seconds remaining and the Warriors up by eight points, Kevin Durant was hit with a technical foul.

Draymond Green walked over to Durant and started laughing. Why?

"We were laughing at Quinn Snyder who kept calling timeouts," Draymond told reporters after the game. "Like bro, you're down 10 with six seconds left, it's kinda over my man."

[POOLE: Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah]

After Zaza Pachulia missed two free throws with the Warriors ahead by 11 and 1:05 remaining, the Jazz got the rebound and immediately called timeout.

After Draymond made one of two free throws with 49.4 seconds left to make it 104-94, Utah called another timeout.

After Steph Curry made a free throw to give the Warriors an eight-point lead with 9.3 seconds left, Quin Snyder used his final timeout.

Warriors play-by-play broadcaster Bob Fitzgerald said: "Utah is gonna use another time out. Quin Snyder is just practicing game-ending situations."

Analyst Jim Barnett responded with: "Absolutely, that's what he's doing."

"Just let us go to the restaurant and have a good dinner; just chill," Draymond added. "That's what we were laughing at. Nothing about the tech ... that was funny. But that's all it was."
 

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

Warriors fight off fatigue & complacency, win 'weird game' in Utah

The Warriors smelled trouble from the moment they left Los Angeles for their overnight flight to Salt Lake City, where on Thursday night, precisely 20 hours after they disposed of the Clippers in LA, they would face the Utah Jazz.

The Jazz announced Wednesday that four players – including three starters – would be out with injuries.

Trap Game, eh? It’s not a clich√©, not in today’s NBA, where the schedule is both unforgiving and remorseless.

And then on Thursday morning the Warriors received information that a fourth Utah starter, leading scorer Gordon Hayward, also would not be available.

With one healthy Jazz starter greeting the hottest team in the league, the Warriors caught a slight whiff of Eau de Upset. Acutely aware they were facing a severely shorthanded squad the Warriors swallowed hard and went immediately for the blowout.

They failed. Though they would win their 16th of 17 games and run their record to 20-3 by silencing the Jazz, 106-99, the Warriors also got a reminder that severely patchwork teams tend to bring the fight.

“It wasn’t pretty,” Stephen Curry told reporters at Vivint Smart Home Arena, “but got a win.”

Oh, it was beautiful early. The Warriors running and gunning and smothering Utah, taking a 29-5 lead barely eight minutes into the game and holding a 65-46 advantage at the half. They were achieving their goal of quickly opening this gift of a game to allow their starters to watch most of the second half.

Rarely is it that easy under these circumstances, and this would not be an exception. When patchwork NBA teams accept that winning is not an option, they set about avoiding embarrassment.

With a 12-0 run in the middle of the third quarter, the Jazz cut the deficit to nine (73-64), and when the Warriors steadied themselves to go up 14 (80-66) with 2:45 left in the third, the Jazz fashioned a 13-4 run to narrow it to 84-79.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr blamed it on a “lack of focus,” which is a symptom of presuming victory.

“Our first quarter was great; we pushed the ball. Our defensive intensity was fantastic and then we let down,” Kerr said. “We started turning it over with some careless, purposeless plays. We didn’t really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish and then some defensive mistakes like not getting out on their shooters, and they took advantage.”

Outscoring the Warriors 53-41 in the second half, the Jazz – playing without Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood and George Hill – made the vastly superior team sweat.

“They obviously played with a lot of energy,” said Curry, who scored a game-high 26 points. “They didn’t fold and we got a little stagnant on offense, it happens, but you just got to be able to finish the game out. The way we started gave us an opportunity to withstand their run and never really have the game out of hand.”

Kevin Durant ensured there would be no upset, performing the closeout with an 11-point fourth quarter. He scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

“Just tried to be aggressive,” Durant said. “I didn’t do a good job attacking throughout the game. I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack. I got to the free throw line and that got me going. I got some dunks, a few cuts and Steph [Curry] helped me out as well.

“It was a weird game. It was a grind out game. We started off so well and then a three-pointer got them back in the game. They played physical later on the game and were able to take us out of our game a little bit, but we kept fighting and we got a good win on a back-to-back.”

In defeating the Jazz, the Warriors also held off two more formidable foes: fatigue and complacency. There are nights, and this was one of them, when the path to victory requires beating all three.