Stephen Curry continues to re-write the history books—the reigning two-time MVP broke Reggie Miller’s record for consecutive Playoff games with a three-pointer Monday night, but it came in a 108-102 loss to the OKC Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals.
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The Golden State Warriors blew a 14-point third-quarter lead in the series opener, and Curry credited the Thunder’s defense for disrupting the Dubs’ offensive flow.
Steph finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the loss.
Per the SF Chronicle:
If Game 1 was a “feeling-out” process, as head coach Steve Kerr suggested, the Warriors have to be feeling pretty sick. […] “I do think that we lost our poise a little bit,” Kerr said. “I think we were trying to rectify the situation in one or two plays, instead of letting it play out. … It was a tough game for our whole team. We had some good moments in the first half, but we lost that in the second.”
The Warriors called timeout with 30.7 seconds remaining, but couldn’t draw up a five-point play. Andre Iguodala sneaked inside for a layup to trim Oklahoma City’s lead to 105-102 with 22.6 seconds left, and (Russell) Westbrook was granted a timeout — instead of being called for a traveling violation — with 17.2 to play. […] “It’s an unfortunate miss,” said Joe Borgia, the NBA’s senior vice president of Replay and Referee Operations, of the non-call. “But so much is going on in the play and the speed of it. Officiating is about getting angles, and sometimes you just can’t get them. They did not get a great angle on that play.”
Curry made two three-pointers in the first half’s final 42.4 seconds. The first gave him at least one three in 45 straight postseason games — passing the record streak set by Reggie Miller from 1995-2000 — and the second, at the horn, sent the Warriors into the locker room with a 60-47 advantage. […] “They didn’t make many mistakes on the defensive end, which forced us into some tough shots,” Curry said. “We are at our best — no matter how good a defense is — when we move the ball, move bodies and set screens. Tonight, that wasn’t us.”