(48-30)
(35-44)
The Warriors let one slip away on Thursday, falling to the Nuggets 100-99 after a back-and-forth finish at Oracle Arena. After Stephen Curry finished in traffic to put the Warriors ahead by a point with 5.8 seconds remaining, Kenneth Faried answered for Denver with a bucket of his own with 0.5 seconds left. Curry’s ensuing deep heave fell just short as time expired and the Warriors missed out on a golden opportunity to secure their spot in the playoffs. The Dubs still have four games left on the season, and they need just one victory to clinch a postseason berth. While the Warriors led for the majority of the game, they were outscored by 11 in the second half. Much of that damage was done with the Warriors’ starters on the bench, but the first unit couldn’t quite pull out the win. Curry scored 12 of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter and Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Dubs, who will look to secure their playoff spot on Friday when they take on the Lakers in Los Angeles.
Mark Jackson
On the end of the game:
“We got what we wanted when Steph (Stephen Curry) got in the lane and made a heck of a play. Defensively, I thought Draymond (Green) did a very good job forcing him into a tough shot. You don’t want to lose the ballgame in those situations. They killed us on the offensive boards and they outworked us. You get a team to shoot 37 percent from the field taking 104 shots and they get 25 offensive rebounds-just disappointing. It’s the responsibility of our bigs, but it’s on everybody because when we are at our best our perimeter guys are getting in there and rebounding the basketball. We did a poor job collectively. You think about the way that (Kenneth) Faried and (Timofey) Mosgov dominated the boards.”
On when the game was slipping away:
“The next step for us is putting teams away. We had them. We started giving away one possession, started giving away a rebound or a turnover or a bad shot or selfish play and you look up and a 20 point game becomes a 10 point game and a 10 point game becomes a 2 point game and then you have to win the game twice. Fortunately for us we did that, but then we gave it back. Just unfortunate.”
On the end of the second half:
“We got careless. We started feeling good about ourselves and got out of character. 25 offensive rebounds, you get a team to shoot 37 percent from the field-that says a lot about our defense, but they got extra shots because of offensive rebounds. It hurt us. The disappointing point for us is that with a 20 point lead we began to get out of character. Bad shots, bad plays, taking plays off and all of sudden you give them life. I don’t care, anybody in this league if you give them life there will be a price to pay and for us we lost.”
On if he is concerned about being inconsistent:
“I won’t co-sign that. We lost a ballgame. I won’t say that the Houston Rockets are inconsistent with their focus; they lost to the Nuggets last night. (Kenneth) Faried and (Timofey) Mosgov) hurt us and we didn’t play well. We made mistakes. We lost a ballgame; I’m not concerned because it’s part of the process. You talk about the Spurs in a game that they don’t have to win and they went into Dallas-a team that is at home and is supposed to be playing with a sense of urgency and the Spurs win. It’s a mentality. They just didn’t get it over night. That’s the next step for us.”
On the heavy usage from the bench tonight:
“We got out of character and the reason was that we were not playing our brand of basketball. You don’t have license to play just because you are a starter when you are not getting the job done.”
Stephen Curry
On what changed in the game after the quick start:
“I don’t really know. The energy, we felt was there, but plays weren’t clicking like we wanted to. They were really just outrebounding us, all the way around. We tried to help the bigs out. They were crashing every possession, on both ends, and when you get outrebounded like you did tonight, no matter what percentage you shoot or they shoot, if they get more opportunities, it’s going to be tough t overcome. Obviously, we had a chance down the stretch; it’s just not a good effort on the boards as a team, so I’m disappointed.”
On missing the chance to clinch in front of the home crowd:
“There are a lot of reasons why this is terrible feeling in the locker room. We could have taken care of a playoff spot, taken care of home court like we need to, going forward, in the playoffs. I don’t know if I’d call it a setback, but it’s definitely not how we envisioned the night going. It’s frustrating, but the thing is, tonight we started five in seven nights so we have to figure out how to shake this one off for tomorrow.”
On if he felt the team was over losses like this:
“Yeah, I feel like we learned our lesson and regardless if you’re not hitting shots, playing with the energy that you need and controlling the paint and being physical. We waited too long to try to change the way that was going down low tonight and once they see the light, they crash the ball. It’s tough to stop them. It’s just an unfortunate night.”
Draymond Green
On the game:
“It’s very frustrating, especially being in the position to clinch. To drop this one, especially at home, is very frustrating. To get manhandled like that on the boards, is frustrating as well, and I take a lot of credit for that, having two rebounds. That’s unacceptable.”
On if there's a problem with the team's focus:
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the team’s focus. Nobody was complaining about our focus the last two games when we punched everybody by 40. We got up 20, took our foot off the gas pedal and when you’re playing against a team like that, who doesn’t necessarily have the best shot selection, and nothing to lose, and those shots start falling, you’re in for a long night. We had a chance to put them away and we didn’t and they came back to bite us.”
On Nuggets not quitting:
“When we went up 20, we came down and turned the ball over and they cut it to 17. You may not look at that like a big deal, but if you start getting that lead up, teams start to quit. We didn’t make the necessary plays, and like I said, they’re a team who’s not holding anything back. They’re going to take shots, some crazy shots, but all of a sudden those shots start falling and like I said, you’re in for a night. We had the chance to put the game away, but we didn’t and it came back to bite us.”
BACK FROM BREAK
The Warriors kick off their final week of regular season games on Thursday night when the host the visiting Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena. This will be the third of four matchups between the two teams, with the final encounter to come in the season finale on April 16 in Denver. The two sides have split the two meetings thus far, with each prevailing on the opposition’s home court. After meeting in the first round of the playoffs a season ago, there is certainly no love lost between the two teams. Due to tiebreaking procedures, a win on Thursday would clinch a playoff berth for the Warriors, so expect an emotional, hard-fought contest. A number of tickets are still available for the game, which falls on Splash Brothers Night. GET TICKETS
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LAST TIME OUT
Someone forgot to tell Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson that #SplashBrothers Night is actually NEXT game. The best shooting backcourt in the NBA put on a show Sunday night as the Warriors cruised to a 130-102 victory over the visiting Utah Jazz. Thompson led all scorers with 33 points, 21 of which came by way of his seven three-pointers. Curry was equally impressive, notching 31 points (including five treys) and tied a career-high with 16 assists. It’s the first time ever the #SplashBrothers have both scored 30 or more points in the same game. Andrew Bogut tallied six points and 11 rebounds in his return to action, while Jermaine O’Neal chipped in seven points and 10 rebounds off the bench. The victory pushes the Warriors record to 48-29 and lowers their magic number to clinch a playoff berth to three. The Dubs will look to keep the momentum rolling when they take on the visiting Denver Nuggets on Thursday on the real #SplashBrothers Night, filtered by Brita. GAME RECAP
SPLASH-TASTIC
Just when you think you’ve seen it all from them, they go ahead and out-do themselves. We know Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson can shoot the ball as well as anyone, but rarely have we ever seen them as prolific as they were on Sunday night. It wasn’t just the fact that they both scored 30 or more points in the same game for the first time; it was the ease with which it was accomplished. The Splash Brothers combined for 64 points on 38 shots, all of which occurred in the first three quarters, as they sat out the final frame with the big lead. Furthermore, they went a combined 12-for-20 from beyond the arc, a ridiculous percentage, and yet, one that we’ve become fairly accustomed to from the duo. It was certainly a performance that will be hard to replicate. However, since it is Splash Brothers Night, don’t be surprised if they try to one-up themselves.
GET USED TO GRINDING
The Warriors don’t get to pick their schedule; they can only play the hand they’re dealt. And deal with it, they have. The past two Golden State games have resulted in consecutive blowout victories for the Warriors, and while they’ll certainly take every victory they can get, the truth is that they’ve come against less-than-stellar competition. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Good teams beat the ones they’re supposed to. But this most recent stretch has provided an opportunity for the Dubs to lose sight of the playoff-like atmosphere they’ll inevitably encounter on their way to, and during, the postseason. Although the Nuggets’ record isn’t one that makes opponents shudder, they certainly have the skill and experience to push the Warriors to their limits. Although “easy” victories are nice, it’s the “tough” ones that the Warriors are going to have to earn if they want to make some noise in the playoffs.
DENVER SCOUTING REPORT
If the Nuggets were in the Eastern Conference, they’d likely be competing for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Well, unfortunately for Denver, they’re in the West, and that means their 2013-14 season will be coming to an end very soon. It’s been an injury-riddled campaign for the Nuggets, which has made it quite difficult for them to compete in the stacked Western Conference. And yet, at 33-44, they’ve proven themselves capable of beating just about anyone in the league. Although they won’t be competing in the playoffs, they still have plenty to say about who will be there, and in what shape. After falling to the Warriors in the first round a season ago, you can bet they’d love to play spoiler and set the Dubs back with a damaging loss.
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Injury Report
GSW: David Lee (strained right hamstring) and Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) are out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

DEN: Wilson Chandler (left groin strain), Danilo Gallinari (left knee ACL tear), JJ Hickson (right ACL tear), Ty Lawson (left ankle sprain), Javale McGee (left tibia stress fracture) and Nate Robinson (left ACL sprain) are out.