The Golden State Warriors are still capable of taking down some of the NBA's heavy hitters, primarily thanks to Stephen Curry's MVP campaign, but they have also had a tendency to turn into a raging dumpster fire at times this year.
Tuesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks was one of those times.
In a game with major NBA seeding implications, the Warriors fell 133-103 to Dallas, and the game was somehow uglier than the final score indicated. Golden State's nadir: a 28-0 run that turned a 12-11 game into a 39-12 game.
All told, the Warriors went nine minutes and 38 seconds without scoring and missed 15 straight shots from the field. That's not just a long scoring drought, it's the longest scoring drought the NBA has seen in more than a decade:
The drought was book-ended by 3-pointers from Stephen Curry, with 8:40 remaining in the first quarter, and Jordan Poole, with 11:00 remaining in the second quarter.
Curry finished with 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting (5-of-9 from deep) with two assists. The Warriors were outscored by 27 points with him on the floor.
You will not be surprised to hear that Steve Kerr was unhappy after the game:
This has been a recurring issue with the Warriors throughout the season. When Curry is scorching teams from beyond the arc like it's 2016 again, and his supporting cast is at least playing like a league-average team, they can beat just about anyone.
When Curry is only scoring, say, 27 points, and the rest of the team is shooting 37.9% from the field and getting beaten in the rebounding and turnover battle, you have ... this:
With the loss, the Warriors fell to 31-31, good for 10th place in the West. That gives them the final spot in the play-in tournament, and they're at least 3.5 games ahead of the 11th-place New Orleans Pelicans for a shot at the playoffs.
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