The Golden State Warriors fell in another disappointing overtime loss on Friday night, their second in a row against a young and far less experienced Oklahoma City Thunder team.
It was the second time in less than a month that the Warriors had led by three points with less than 10 seconds remaining in regulation, only for Chet Holmgren to force overtime in demoralizing fashion.
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Once Stephen Curry was unable to answer Holmgren’s game-tying free-throws, the result almost felt assured in overtime. That’s not only because of the soul-crushing way regulation ended for Golden State, but also because of their dismal overtime record across recent seasons.
As if a repeat of the November 18 overtime at Chase Center, the Thunder burst out of the blocks and quickly established a 10-point lead in the first three minutes and change. Curry led a minor fightback to reduce the final margin of victory to just two, but it was still an all too familiar tale for Golden State.
Draymond Green fouls Chet Holmgren on a 3-point attempt as the Dubs are up three with 7.2 seconds left … pic.twitter.com/3yRc40HHI1
— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 9, 2023
Friday’s loss gives the Warriors a 3-17 record in their past 20 regular season overtime games dating back to the start of the 2018-19 season. That’s a shockingly poor record for any team, let alone one that’s been as successful as Golden State has been in the same period — one championship, another trip to the NBA Finals and a second-round playoff exit.
The Warriors have a net rating of -40.9 in overtime games this season. They were -3.3 net rating in five overtime games last season. A -35 in the 2021-22 championship-winning season.
Golden State have come up big in so many crucial moments over the last decade — leading to four titles — yet their experience and championship mettle apparently means nothing in regular season overtime games over recent years.
What’s the reasoning? It’s hard to put a finger on it, but be rest assured some will wrongfully use it as a way to discredit Curry and his greatness. Whatever the cause, overtime losses seem inevitable right now which is a huge concern considering the Warriors are also struggling to close games in regulation.