Warriors lose again at home and fall deeper into their 10th-seed hole



SAN FRANCISCO — The seven most deadly seconds in the Golden State Warriors’ 19th home loss of this sputtering season came in two separate segments to close the second and third quarters. In between, the Indiana Pacers outscored them by 18 points, providing the separation needed for a 123-111 win.

Pascal Siakam grabbed a defensive rebound with four seconds left before half. From the restricted area, he turned, spotted a streaking Tyrese Haliburton and fired a 50-foot pass that gave Haliburton just enough time to catch and loft a made 3 at the buzzer, trimming a Warriors lead that had been 12 points down to 1.

“Demoralizing,” Brandin Podziemski called it.

Using that momentum like a trampoline, the Pacers then shredded the Warriors out of the locker room. They won the first 11 minutes and 57 seconds of the third quarter 33-21. With 3.3 seconds left, they had a sideline inbounds pass.

The Warriors misplayed it. Trayce Jackson-Davis sagged too far back and Andrew Wiggins didn’t stay connected enough to Haliburton curling off a screen. He sprung free for a catch-and-shoot 3 from the right wing, which he swished. It gave the Pacers a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter.

Here are both buzzer beaters.

There were fourth-quarter sequences when the Warriors generated some life. They sliced the Pacers’ lead to 7 with just under three minutes left. But too often they were the slower, less urgent team down the stretch in crucial moments.

“They were outcompeting us,” Steve Kerr said.

This was one of the signature late-game possessions that killed comeback momentum. Klay Thompson, down 7, curls into the lane for a would-be short pull-up jumper. But as he rises, he is stripped. Thompson yells toward the referee for a call. Steph Curry jogs back. Andrew Nembhard sprints past him. The Pacers get an uncontested transition layup to go back up 9.

Curry played the entire fourth quarter but missed six of his seven shots. Jonathan Kuminga had one of his toughest nights of the season. The Pacers were physical, walling him out of the paint and into difficult contested midrangers. Kuminga went 4-of-17 overall and missed a couple in crunchtime while the Warriors tried to crawl back.

“I thought JK got into a little bit of a rush,” Kerr said. “They had Siakam on him, a lot of length at the rim, so he wasn’t able to get the easy looks he’s been getting. Great learning experience for him. He’s had such a good run. Teams are going to start putting their best guys on him, give him different looks. JK’s been fantastic. This is all part of his growth.”

It was a fitting end to a dud of a night for the Warriors. With 65 seconds left, out of a timeout, Thompson fired an inbounds pass way over Draymond Green’s head for an unforced turnover. On the following possession, still down 8 with 48 seconds left, Thompson missed a 3, they grabbed an offensive rebound and then Chris Paul airballed a corner 3. They were 14-of-48 from deep on the night.

The airball essentially sealed it. After the game was out of reach, Paul got into a back-and-forth with veteran official Tony Brothers. Paul said Brothers gave him the first technical for calling him a “TikTokker” and the second technical — and ejection with six seconds left — for saying he had too much power.

Paul posted a TikTok interview with Brothers on his Instagram where Brothers stated that he doesn’t care too much for basketball and then called himself the “judge, jury, prosecuting attorney, defense attorney,” a comment that Paul alluded to in his postgame media session.

This loss drops the Warriors to 36-33 and shoves them even deeper into the 10th-seed position. The Lakers beat the Sixers at home, bumping them 1 1/2 games up on the Warriors, who are getting threatened from behind by the scorching Rockets. Houston has won nine of 10 games, pulled within two games of the Warriors for the 10th spot and face the Jazz and Blazers in their next two.

The Warriors, meanwhile, have a challenging open to a five-game road trip. They are in Minnesota on Sunday to face the Timberwolves before a Florida back-to-back against the Heat and Magic.

“Ain’t nobody gonna feel sorry for us,” Paul said.

(Photo of Tyrese Haliburton catching an inbounds pass before launching a 3 he made to end the third quarter: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)





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