In the rest of regulation—and overtime—the Griz outscored the Dubs 64-31 for a 128-119 victory.
Frustrations appeared to boil over for the Warriors, still the keepers of the NBA's best record at 31-6, as the team crumbled late. In position to give themselves a two-possession lead and likely salvage a victory, Draymond Green reacted with frustration when Kevin Durant demanded the ball from Stephen Curry, and Curry relented. Durant then bricked a deep three.
Warriors' Kevin Durant calls for ball on crucial late possession, Stephen Curry relents, Draymond Green reacts w/ frustration pic.twitter.com/VROJSAZ0cZ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) January 7, 2017
Green vented to Durant after a sideline huddle.
Memphis point guard Mike Conley tied things up while a pull-up jumper over Green before the Grizzlies pulled away in overtime.
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Green addressed the team's crunchtime offense after the loss.
"I'm actually happy we lost today because there are some things that we need to correct in order to win a championship," he said. "That's our goal. Our fourth-quarter offense has been atrocious."
If his argument is that Durant is trying to score in isolation too much late in games, he may have a point.
Kevin Durant is now 0-for-9 in ISO plays in 5-point games under 5 minutes to go.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 7, 2017
Warriors coach Steve Kerr agreed that things fell apart in the final period.
"The fourth quarter, once they made that run, our body language was bad, and that can't happen," the coach said. "And that bothered me."