The Golden State Warriors (41-26) returned home to Oracle Arena on Friday night after one of the toughest fought games of the season in Los Angeles and seemed to be feeling the after-effects of the game as they dropped another game at home to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers (26-40).
The Warriors were undermanned on Friday night as sharpshooter Klay Thompson was unavailable due to attending his grandfather’s funeral in the Bahamas. Thompson had played in 214 consecutive games up until this point.
The game started in high fashion for Golden State as they built an early 18-point advantage off the hot shooting hand of David Lee who scored nine of the games first 13 points. The Warriors seemed to not miss Thompson’s scoring and pesky defense until the second quarter when the wheels quickly fell off.
The Warriors were outscored 68-39 in the second and third quarters due in large part to some hot shooting from Cleveland’s perimeter stars, and the “Curse of the Dreaded Turnover Bug” reared its ugly head for the Golden State.
The Warriors were never able to make up the huge deficit and have now lost the last two games in a row after their previous five game winning streak.
Cleveland center Spencer Hawes had a tremendous game as he led the Cavs with 22 points and 13 rebounds. All-Star Kyrie Irving added 16 points and four assists with the win.
After the game, Coach Mark Jackson wasn’t happy with the way his team played.
“This was just a bad loss, and we have to do a better job of when we have teams on the rope, to just put them away.”
Stephen Curry did not get to celebrate his 26th birthday they way he wanted, but he did pace the Warriors with 27 points in the losing effort.
The Warriors schedule will not get any easier as All-Star Damian Lillard and the playoff contending Portland Trailblazers come to Oracle arena for a matchup on Sunday night.
Notes: Warriors backup center Jermaine O’Neal played in his 1,000th career game on Friday night…. After the game, Coach Jackson said that forward Andre Iguodala “has a little tendonitis in his knee”…. This game marked the 70th straight sell out crowd at Oracle Arena.