The Warriors’ surprising season came to an end Thursday night, as they fell to the San Antonio Spurs 94-82 at Oracle Arena, losing their Western Conference semifinal series 4-2.
Golden State’s offense disappeared during the previous two games of the series, and Game 6 was no different. The Warriors shot 38.8 percent as a team and turned the ball over 12 times. Stephen Curry was the only real highlight, scoring 22 points on 10-of-25 shooting, including 2-of-7 from behind the arc.
They may have accomplished their goal of shutting down Spurs point guard Tony Parker following his 25-point night in Game 5 — the All-Star had just 12 points on 3-of-16 shooting — but big men Tim Duncan (19 points) and Kawhi Leonard (16) picked up the scoring for San Antonio.
The Warriors never led after the first quarter as the Spurs held off one rally after another. The offense never seemed to find a rhythm, recording only 18 assists on 33 made baskets. The Spurs, a model of basketball efficiency for the past decade and a half in the NBA, assisted on 27 of their 33 made field goals. Manu Ginobili dished out 11 of those assists coming off the bench to go with five points.
Klay Thompson was quiet through three quarters — scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting — before finding his groove in the fourth quarter and doubling his point total by the end of the game.
David Lee, who tore a hip flexor in Game 1 of the first-round series against the Denver Nuggets, played 12 minutes, scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds. It was his most productive game since the injury.
The postseason run was the best for the Warriors since 1977, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the second round. They have advanced to the second round four other times since then — in 1987, ’89, 91 and 2007 — but won only one game in the conference semifinals each time.
Considered by many to be the loudest fans in the league, about half the crowd hung around chanting “Warriors! Warriors!” for several minutes after the game until Curry took the mic and thanked the fans for their support.