"Make-or-miss league" is one of Mark Jackson's favorite catchphrases, and it certainly was applicable Wednesday night when his Warriors missed a chance at history with an agonizing 102-98 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets. After a hard-fought battle, the Warriors took a four-point lead with 4:06 to go, and with one big made bucket might have closed out several big deals. Longest Warriors' road winning streak ever (eight games). Matching of the franchise's longest-winning streak ever (11 games). And the cherry: The first 7-0 road trip by any club in NBA history. But when it came down to it, the Warriors simply couldn't make the big one to seal it. In a span of two minutes, the Warriors missed four open 3-point tries -- one by Stephen Curry, two by Klay Thompson, one by Andre Iguodala -- any one of which might have finished the job. Instead, the Nets used Golden State's 3:57 dry spell to reel off nine straight points and claim the victory at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. One that spoiled all the Warriors' assorted numerical quests but didn't completely spoil their collective mood after a 6-1 road trip for the second straight season. "It's frustrating right now," said Curry, who had 34 points to lead Golden State's near-miss. "But you can look at the big picture of our road trip and realize we did some good stuff and put ourselves in position to capitalize on our home-heavy schedule the next couple months." One might question why the Warriors didn't push the ball inside for higher percentage shots down the stretch. But for better or worse, that's who they are, and they won't apologize for it. "We got some good looks, we just didn't knock them down," Jackson said. "It's a tough loss." "I had great looks, especially those two 3's I missed," Thompson said. "But you can't let it get you down. You have to take those shots every time. But it's bittersweet, especially when we had a chance to make history and were up 16 at one point." Indeed, the game started as if it would be a Warriors runaway. Golden State hit 11 of its first 14 shots, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range, to take a 32-16 lead with 1:43 left in the first quarter on Harrison Barnes' bomb from the corner.
Warriors miss out on piece of NBA history
Oakland Tribune | Jan 9