It was looking suspect for a while. But eventually, point guard Stephen Curry took over and the Warriors put away San Antonio’s second string.
Curry finished with 35 points on 13 of 23 shooting (including 7 3-pointers). He knocked down 6 3-pointers in the second half, sending Oracle into a frenzy, chanting “Cur-ry! Cur-ry! Cur-ry!” Eventually, the Warriors put away the Spurs, who played without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard and Boris Diaw.
The NBA announced Warriors guard Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official.
The incident occurred at the conclusion of the Warriors’ 118-116 loss against the host Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. Jack was visibly upset at the officiating and let the refs hear it after the horn sounded.
Several calls went against the Warriors down the stretch. Stephen Curry was called for a foul fighting through a screen, leading to free throws for Steve Blake. Jack was knocked to ground while coralling a loose ball but no foul was called. Klay Thompson appeared to have been fouled on a fast-break layup but didn’t get the whistle.
The Warriors were whistled for 33 fouls, leading to 50 free throw attempts by the Lakers. Los Angeles was whistled for 17 fouls, leading to 16 Warriors free throws.
The officials have been scolded for their performance, especially by Lakers fans. So is the fine the NBA’s way of saying they don’t think the officials were bad? It seems like if they reviewed the film and saw the officials were as bad as everyone says, they would let Jack slide. (I guess here I need to pause and make sarcasm clear. Some Warriors fans are still foaming at the mouth over the Lakers game. Too soon? Clearly, the NBA isn’t going to let a fine slide as an acknowledgment of poor officiating.)
Just a couple days ago, Stephen Curry’s chances at setting the single-season record for 3-pointers in a season were looking bleak.
But after Friday’s game, when he hit nine 3-pointers, Curry has made 261 3-pointers and is back in reasonable range of the record. He needs to make nine in two games to break Allen’s mark of 269, set with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2005-06.
CURRY: I know about it. I’m not trying to let it affect or change the way I play. Obviously shooting threes is a strength of mine. If I have a good look I’m going to shoot it, like I have been all season.”
Propped up on crutches, evidence of tears in his red eyes, Kobe Bryant gave what had to be one of the hardest interviews of his career. In front of his locker was the picture of why the Lakers’ thrilling 118-116 win over the Warriors was irrelevant. Bryant’s season is likely over.
An MRI is expected to confirm what the Lakers said doctors suspect is a torn left Achilles tendon. Even if the Lakers beat out Utah for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, Kobe won’t be going to the playoffs.
KOBE: “I made a move that I make a million times and it just popped.”
Here is the transcript from his postgame interview, plus others …