Second Half Struggles Sink Warriors
Dubs Lose 14-Point Second Half Lead in Second Half and Can't Complete Fourth Quarter Comeback
The Warriors trimmed a 13-point fourth quarter deficit down to three with less than two minutes to go, but their comeback attempt ultimately fell short in Sunday’s 115-107 home loss to the Pistons. Klay Thompson (29 points), Kevin Durant (28) and Stephen Curry (27) shot a combined 33-for-50 (66 percent) from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to keep 26 turnovers from turning into 33 points for Detroit.WARRIORS LOSE CONTROL
That the Warriors even had a 13-point deficit to overcome would have seemed hard to believe if you stopped watching the game in the opening minutes of the third quarter. A 9-0 spurt early in the second half had the Dubs up by 14, but from there things started falling apart. The Pistons cut into their deficit little by little before going on a game-changing 33-9 run that started with less than two-and-a-half minutes in the third period. The run was fueled by several unforced Warriors turnovers. In fact, the Dubs would have 26 turnovers that turned into 33 points for Detroit.
KD ATTEMPTS TO LEAD COMEBACK
After the Warriors slopped their way to a 13-point deficit, Durant led the charge back into the game. He stalled Detroit’s 33-9 run with a 3-pointer to make it a 10-point game. The shot got the fans back in the game, and even moreso when he drilled another three on the Dubs’ next possession. Those threes started a stretch of 15-straight Warriors points that were scored or assisted by the 2017 NBA Finals MVP. At the end of that spurt, the Dubs trailed 106-103 with two and a half minutes left, but they would get no closer.
KLAY’S POINTS WITH PURPOSE
With a game-high 29 points on Sunday, Klay Thompson’s three-game total increased to 69 points. Thompson pledged to donate $1,000 for every point he scored during the three-game homestand to assist wildfire relief efforts in Northern California, bringing his total donation to $69,000.
JAVALE’S INSTANT IMPACT
After seeing minimal minutes and taking a few DNPs in the early part of the season, JaVale McGee took advantage of his playing time on Sunday, especially in the first quarter. Upon checking into the game in the first quarter, JaVale McGee dunked home a lob pass from Stephen Curry on his first possession of the game. He then blocked a shot on the other side off the floor on his first defensive possession of the game. McGee’s energy set the tone for the team, as he was a +8 in five minutes on the floor in the opening quarter, one that ended with the Dubs up by eight. McGee would finish with six points, four rebounds and three blocks in less than 10 minutes on the floor.
STEPH’S STREAK COMES TO END
Curry’s streak of perfection from the free throw line this season is no longer. He made his first two foul shots to make it 52 straight makes to start the season, which matches a career-long streak, but he missed a free throw in the third quarter.
After playing their last three games at home, the Dubs (4-3) will play the next three on the road, beginning Monday night against the Los Angeles Clippers (4-1).