The Warriors have vowed to fight to the finish this season.
In their first game since being formally eliminated from playoff contention, they lived up to their promise Tuesday night.
Yes, they lost again. But an improbable rally nearly resulted in an improbable win, one that demonstrated how little difference there can be between a meaningless loss and a historic triumph.
The Warriors battled the playoff-bound Thunder hard for 47-plus minutes, but surely appeared headed for a hold-their-heads-up type of defeat when they trailed by six in the final seconds.
But a Reggie Williams 3-pointer, a steal and a Monta Ellis 3-pointer in an incredible 4.2-second flurry shockingly tied the score, and still gave Golden State 6.9 seconds to possibly turn another steal into a game-winning hoop.
Alas, the Thunder protected the ball this time, and while Kevin Durant missed a jumper that resulted in an overtime session, Oklahoma City had weathered the storm, and in doing so, prevented Golden State from completing one of the most incredible comebacks in franchise history.
But at least the Warriors scrapped to the end, which is all they promised.
THUNDER 115, WARRIORS 114 (OT): If anyone still doubts Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis can coexist in the backcourt, Tuesday's loss at Oklahoma City should have squashed those concerns. The Warriors managed to take one of the top teams in the Western Conference to overtime on its own home court on a night when Curry, the team's best passer, had a horrible ball-handling game and Ellis, the club's top scorer, couldn't hit the broad side of an Oklahoma barn. But that's where the versatility of the two paid off. Curry turned into an Ellis-type scorer, keeping the Warriors in the game with 35 points, and Ellis became the Curry-type floor leader, distributing 11 assists.
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