The Warriors three-game winning streak came to an end with tonight’s 99-90 loss to the Spurs. After coming back from 15 points down to take the lead early in the second half, the Dubs couldn’t maintain the momentum. Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 20 points and six assists and Andrew Bogut pulled down 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Spurs from extending their winning streak to 13 games. Neither team was particularly sharp offensively on the night, as the Warriors shot 40.3 percent from the field and the Spurs were held to 39.3 percent. The loss drops the Dubs to 44-27 on the season, and the team will now have five days off before returning to action on Friday when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies.
Mark Jackson
On tonight's game:
“We made some mistakes. That’s an awfully good basketball team. They are outstanding at executing their offense and making you pay the price when you make mistakes. Disappointing loss that will make us better. We may see them down the road again, but there is a reason why they are the best team in basketball.”
On their overall energy level tonight:
“I thought we were active. They play at a big time pace and force the issue offensively. Give them credit. You are going to get better playing against a team like that. It was a learning experience and the thing is they just didn’t do that against us they have done this all year long. Give them credit.”
On David Lee's status after tonight's game:
“He came back on the bench and I believe-it just made no sense with the importance of getting these guys the proper rest. Same thing with Bogs (Andrew) Bogut and Jermaine (Jermaine O’Neal). It got to the point where it was important to get this time off. We did what we needed to do and now let’s take these days off and look forward to closing out the season the right way.”
On if he's concerned about about getting rusty with five days between games:
“I’m not concerned about it. This break is going benefit us because we need to get healthy and whole. It’s important.”
On having 18 turnovers tonight:
“Some of them were their activity. High active hands and some of them were just careless plays. We have to be better. We went back to times when we made crucial mistakes. We didn’t take care of the basketball. This is one team that you can’t do that against because they execute and they make you pay the price. The turnovers definitely cost us tonight, some because of their great defense and some because of our bad offense.”
On the slow start in the first quarter:
“The pace they play at is different than anybody else. They made shots early on. They are a very good basketball team. We adjusted and fortunately we got back in the ballgame and we began to look like ourselves, but give them credit.”
Stephen Curry
On tonight's game:
“Tough loss; they’re playing well obviously, on the streak they’ve got going. We let them get out to an early lead. We fought our way back to take the lead in the third quarter, just didn’t have enough at the end to make enough plays to get the win. Tough loss; obviously you want to win as many as you can at home going down the home stretch, but we have five days to rest up and come back ready for Friday.”
On what makes the Spurs so difficult to beat:
“They’re deep and they run their system. They execute at a high level. They seem to always try to make the right play. The ball moves so well and they’re kind of a staple of what good offenses do. We’ve won big games with some of our main guys out and they kind of have that same expectation. We just didn’t have enough early to get a quick lead and they made us pay.”
On the team's feeling heading into a five-day break:
“We’ve been playing well—12-5 I think since the All-Star break, or something like that. We’re still playing pretty good basketball. We want, obviously, to protect home court, that’s the mission the rest of the way. But we’re feeling pretty good and we’re not going to get discouraged. This is a great basketball team that’s got great things in mind and we do too, so we’ve just got to get refocused, reenergized, rejuvenated, and ready for Friday.”
Jermaine O'Neal
On tonight's game:
“You’ve got to be better to beat those guys. They’ve got the best record in the league for a reason. We’ve got to understand what hurt us early in the game, what hurt us late in the game. We had every opportunity to gain the lead and put some difference between us and them and just didn’t take full advantage of it tonight. Against a team like that which is right now, record-wise, the best team in the league, those types of things tend to come back and hurt you.”
On what makes the Spurs so difficult to beat:
“The Spurs played extremely tough. It’s one of those teams where they play on a legit string. You don’t really know what the option is for. A lot of times it’s a decoy to get a flare on the weak side for a three. So they make you play the full 24 seconds and they play well. We had a chance quite a few times to take the lead or cut into the lead and a turnover here, a turnover there, a missed basket here, a foul there, whatever it may be and we just weren’t able to get over the hump. To beat this team you’ve got the play a full 48 minutes. They’re definitely well coached, got some guys that can hurt you when they go small. We look forward to learning from this and hopefully we’ll get another opportunity at playing them somewhere down the road.”
The NBA's two most winningest teams since the All-Star Break (13), and the two teams will go head to head on Saturday as the Dubs play the third of five straight home games. The game falls on another Short Sleeve Saturday at Oracle Arena, and the Warriors will wear their white short sleeve adidas uniforms for the final time this season. This will be third of four head-to-head matchups this season, and the Warriors will be going for their first win in the season series. GET TICKETS
The Bucks wouldn’t go away but the Warriors made just enough plays down the stretch in Thursday’s 115-110 victory at Oracle Arena. Klay Thompson delivered the biggest shot of the night with a 3-pointer from the corner with 38 seconds left and Stephen Curry, who had 17 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, put the game away with free throws in the final seconds. Curry and Thompson combined for 60 points and David Lee had 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Dubs picked up their eighth win in the last 10 games. GAME RECAP
The Warriors have won three straight games and now stand at 44-26 with just 12 games left in the regular season. This is the first time the Warriors have been 18 games over .500 since the end of the 1993-94 season (50-32), a year that saw them occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. This year’s Dubs figure to finish better than that eighth spot, but where they ultimately wind up will be determined by how they perform over the next three weeks. Golden State is just three games behind and two teams away from having home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but also three games away from being out of the playoff picture entirely. The Warriors have done a good job of stringing together wins over the last month, and they’ll certainly put themselves in good position if they can build on their current streak.
The Warriors’ primary interior scorer isn’t the flashiest of players, but he has been a consistent source of production for the team over the last four seasons. That certainly holds true with his performance as of late, as he’s put up consecutive 20-point, 10-rebound performances, and in the process has become the 27th player in team history to score 5,000 points for the franchise. Furthermore, Lee is the first Warriors player since Robert Parish (1978-79 and 1979-80) to have at least 20 20-and-10 (points and rebounds) games in consecutive seasons.
The Spurs will enter Saturday’s Western Conference showdown on the back end of a back-to-back after winning in Sacramento on Friday. San Antonio has now won 11-straight games and is owners of the best record in the NBA. The Spurs continue to defy the myth of drop off coming with age, and this year marks their 15th-straight season with at least 50 wins. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are still the heart-and-soul of the team, and they continue to bring in role players that fit right in to their system. This year’s cast of role players includes a much-improved Boris Diaw, former Warriors guard Marco Belinelli and big man Tiago Splitter, who made a game-winning putback for the Spurs at Oracle Arena in December. The Warriors have lost each of this season’s two games against the Spurs by two points, and they will surely be eager to get one back on Saturday night.
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Injury Report
GSW: Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic is on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

SAN: Austin Daye is out.