There are meltdowns, and then there’s what the Golden State Warriors (31-6) experienced Friday night.
Although they once appeared destined for an easy win after leading by 24 points in the third quarter, the Warriors suffered an epic fourth-quarter collapse and fell to the Memphis Grizzlies, 128-119, in a nervy overtime thriller at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors—who didn’t make a field goal in the fourth quarter until there was 3:14 remaining—were outscored 32-13 in the final frame and watched Mike Conley drill a game-tying jumper to force the extra session with 7.4 seconds to go in regulation, via the NBA:
Mike Conley is COLD. Hit this one to send us to OT on ESPN. #NBAVine https://t.co/iGfGiQmZ1E
— NBA (@NBA) January 7, 2017
According to ESPN Stats & Info, NBA teams had lost 662 straight games when trailing by at least 19 points entering the fourth quarter before Memphis’ comeback.
Conley and Zach Randolph dropped 27 points apiece in the win, while Marc Gasol added 23 as the Grizzlies improved to 2-0 against the Warriors this season.
Speaking of which, the Warriors are now a combined 0-5 against the Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs during the 2016-17 campaign, as the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps pointed out.
The Warriors were in complete control through 36 minutes thanks to the combined efforts of Stephen Curry (40 points) and Kevin Durant (27 points), but their offense fell apart in the fourth quarter.
After seamless off-ball motion, easy pick-and-roll reads and quick passes helped the Warriors build a massive advantage, Golden State couldn’t generate clean looks as it reverted back to isolations with the game on the line.
The Warriors shot 1-of-10 from three over the final 2:30 of regulation and overtime, according to 95.7 The …