The Warriors like their chances with the ball in Monta Ellis' hands and the score tied in the final seconds. That scenario went horribly wrong Friday night. Ellis was picked clean by the Indiana Pacers' George Hill as he attempted a drive to the basket. Hill raced in for a layup, was fouled and converted a three-point play with 1.8 seconds left. Just like that, the Warriors were left to digest a 94-91 loss -- one that left coach Mark Jackson steamed on several fronts. Replays appeared to show Hill kick the ball right after knocking it free from Ellis. The referees ruled it unintentional and let play continue rather than blow the whistle. "The referees felt it wasn't intentional, obviously it was," Jackson said. " ... This is just a missed call." But the Warriors can blame themselves for a performance that included just 18 teamwide assists and 18 turnovers, not to mention soft inside play against Danny Granger (26 points), David West (18 points) and Roy Hibbert (16 rebounds). The loss spoiled the return of point guard Stephen Curry from an eight-game absence, not to mention the opener of the Warriors' six-game homestand.
Stephen Curry returns to Warriors lineup in loss to Indiana Pacers
Oakland Tribune | Jan 21