Warriors blow lead in loss to Clippers

San Francisco – Stephen Curry scored 41 points and Brandin Podziemski scored 25 points but the exceptional defense the Warriors played for three quarters got away from them in the fourth. After dominating three periods, Golden State struggled in the fourth and allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to rally back to win 130-125.

Steve Kerr on defense struggles and fouling.

The Warriors led by as much as 12 points in the fourth before the Clippers took the lead. After tempers flared late in the fourth which led to LA’s head coach Tyronn Lue getting ejected and Jason Plumlee was charged with a flagrant foul 1 on Podziemski. Golden State lost their confidence and got away from playing outstanding defense. LA went big while the Warriors committed 9 turnovers for 10 points and put the Clippers on the line for 21 free throws.

Brandin Podziemski.

Tonight’s loss snapped Golden State’s season-high-tying five-game winning streak.

The Warriors played in the team’s league-leading 36th Clutch game, falling to 17-19 in those contests. Tonight marked the fourth and final game of Golden State and LA season series. The Clippers win the series 3-1.

Tonight marked the ninth time this season the Warriors have been up by double-figures and gone on to lose, including the second-such time vs LA. Golden State dished out 30-or-more assists for the fifth consecutive game and fell to 15-8 in those contests. The last time the Warriors had five consecutive 30-assist games was 2/3-2/13/23 when they had five.

Stephen Curry.

“He knows how to play, Curry said on Podziemski’s night. “He is fearless. He does a lot of the little things that impact winning. He had 25 tonight and was amazing on both ends of the floor. Even when he doesn’t have the stat line, there is still a connection on both sides of the ball that he just finds a way to make the right play. Some of that stuff you can teach, some you can’t, you just have a feel and he just sees the pictures very well. This early in his career is pretty impressive what he has been able to do.”

Stephen Curry scored a game-high 41 points, his sixth 40-point game of the season (Warriors 3-3 in those games). Curry made nine 3-pointers, his fourth consecutive game with seven-or-more 3-pointers, becoming the first NBA player to accomplish the feat. With 36 3-pointers in a four-game span, Curry matched his own NBA record for the third time.

Brandin Podziemski had his fourth career 20-point game with a career-high 25 points off the bench tonight. Podziemski recorded his 25th and 26th charge drawn (he entered tonight tied with Jalen Brunson for the league lead). With 25 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and a career-high five 3-pointers made in five attempts, Podziemski became the first NBA player to record at least 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and make at least five 3-pointers while shooting 100 percent from 3-point range (StatMuse).

Draymond Green grabbed a game-high-tying 10 rebounds, his second straight game with 10-or-more rebounds and fifth of the season. Also had nine points, four assists and one steal.

Steve Kerr’s pregame press conference.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr’s press conference, he talks USA Basketball staff and Dejan Milojevic’s funeral service in Sebia.

Steve Kerr

Photo by GSW/Twitter

Malaika Bobino

Malaika Bobino, an Oakland, California native, is a Bay Area sports journalism powerhouse and influencer. With nearly two decades of experience at both the Oakland Post and the Huffington Post, she is always on the front lines of the iconic Bay Area sports scene. Bobino covered the Oakland A’s postseason trips, all three of the San Francisco Giants World Series, was present for all three Golden State Warriors three NBA Championships and covered the 49ers last two Super Bowl appearances

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