The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rarely did Stephen Curry, coach Steve Kerr and the rest of those 73-win Warriors have to stop and re-evaluate things last season. Until they lost the NBA championship to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, of course.
Golden State sure is taking inventory now, having squandered Curry’s 40-point performance and a 24-point lead in the second half of a 128-119 overtime loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
“There’s no panic at all. You go through these hiccups, these road bumps and it pokes air out of the balloon a little bit, but that’s what the regular season’s for,” Curry said. “Last year, I don’t think we had many opportunities to kind of self-assess and look ourselves in the mirror and see where we were at, just riding that wave.”
Draymond Green plans to do his part in the learning process after criticizing his own poor body language. He figures that affected his teammates as the game got away.
The Warriors watched as Mike Conley knocked down a key jumper with 55 seconds left in OT on the way to 27 points, and the Grizzlies beat Golden State for the second time this season.
Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each made two quick baskets as the Grizzlies hit their initial five shots in the extra period and snapped Golden State’s nine-game home winning streak.
“I’m actually happy we lost today because there are some things that we need to correct in order to win a championship. That’s our goal,” Green said. “Our fourth-quarter offense has been atrocious.”
Green converted a three-point play for the Warriors with 2:22 left in overtime, then made a steal on the other end. But he turned the ball over and Troy Daniels immediately hit a corner 3-pointer for Memphis.
Conley tied it on a 17-footer with 7.4 seconds left in regulation, and a heavily guarded Curry missed from way back before the buzzer.
Kevin Durant had 27 points and 13 rebounds but missed five free throws in the Warriors’ sixth defeat of the season.
“The fourth quarter, once they made that run, our body language was bad, and that can’t happen,” Kerr said. “And that bothered me.”
One spectacular play seemed it would sum up Curry’s night until his team crumbled.
Off the ground mid-shot, he knocked down a 3-pointer and converted the four-point play to chants of “M-V-P!” with 5:16 left in the third quarter after a foul on his backside by Vince Carter. Curry’s bottom on the court and mouthpiece hanging out moments later, he raised both arms to make sure everybody knew the shot was good.
The Warriors didn’t make their first field goal in the fourth until Curry’s jumper with 3:14 to go. They shot 2 for 13 in the period with five turnovers.
“I love that it was a great team that we beat, but I want more consistency,” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. “Right now we play like spoilers. We haven’t proven that as a contender we can do it night in and night out.”