Warriors left shocked after blowing lead in ultimate seconds in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors held a four-point lead over the Utah Jazz with 13.3 seconds remaining within the recreation. That they had clawed their manner again after trailing by 12 within the third quarter and did so with out Stephen Curry, Draymond Inexperienced and Andrew Wiggins.

However what occurred over these subsequent 13 seconds left the Warriors scratching their heads following a 124-123 loss at Vivint Enviornment.

“In my experience, there’s one game like this every year where you leave the building saying, ‘What just happened?'” Warriors coach Steve Kerr stated. “You make mistakes down the stretch and you leave the arena just shaking your head, thinking, ‘How did we just let that happen?'”

With 13 seconds left, Kelly Olynyk inbounded the ball to Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who labored his manner round Moses Moody and drove to the ring for what a wide-open layup.

However Alexander-Walker handed the ball to Malik Beasley, who was on their own in the fitting nook after dropping Klay Thompson. Beasley knocked down a 3-pointer, bringing the sport inside one with 7.8 seconds left.

“I just fell asleep,” Thompson stated. “I watched the ball handler get to the rim rather than sticking on the 3-point shooter. That was a dreadful mistake by myself.”

After a timeout, Ty Jerome inbounded the ball to Jordan Poole. Alexander-Walker and Olynyk hounded Poole, knocking the ball out of his palms and to Beasley.

“I heard on the catch, ‘Look for the foul on the ball,'” Poole stated. “I don’t really know [what happened], to be honest.”

With 4 seconds on the clock, Beasley took a number of dribbles and bounce-passed it to Simone Fontecchio, who dunked it, giving the Jazz the lead and the win.

Getting into the sport, the Jazz have been 1-718 when trailing by a minimum of 4 factors inside the ultimate 10 seconds of the fourth quarter over the previous 25 seasons.

“I feel terrible for our guys because they fought and they did a lot of great things, but we have to close the door,” Kerr stated.

With out three of their starters — who’ve been the very best gamers for the Warriors by way of the early portion of the season — Golden State relied closely on second-year gamers Jonathan Kuminga and Moody, along with Thompson and Poole, who scored 22 factors and a season-high-tying 36 factors, respectively.

Kuminga’s efficiency, specifically, impressed as he completed with a season-high 24 factors on 10-of-13 taking pictures, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, one steal and one block. He additionally had a powerful defensive recreation, spending a lot of the evening on Jordan Clarkson, and developing with a vital cease on him down the stretch of the sport.

“His defense was incredible,” Thompson stated. “JK is a special talent, and he showcased it tonight. While he’s young in his career, when he keeps things simple it’s impressive to watch. He’s going to add layers to his game as the seasons go by. Just an incredible talent.”

Wednesday’s loss to Utah wasn’t the primary recreation this season the Warriors had dropped after holding a late lead. It is a stark distinction to final season, when it was virtually at all times sure they might win a good recreation.

They are saying it is a results of them nonetheless discovering their identification with a comparatively new roster, particularly of their second unit. Till they discover that identification and what Kerr stated is a shared mentality of “we’re going to knuckle down and take care of this,” they will not be capable of get the outcomes they need.

“I thought [we] really fought and earned the right to win the game, and then we didn’t close. And you’ve got to close,” Kerr stated. “You’ve got to be rock solid with the ball. You’ve got to be smart defensively. We were neither of those things the last 13 seconds.”