SAN ANTONIO — The question was simple, and rookie forward Draymond Green's answer was simply put.
“Is this late-game thing now a thing?” Green was asked.
“Nope,” Green said, taking his finger and slicing it across his neck. “That's dead. We're over that.” If only it were so simple.
The Warriors' young team has never been on this stage before and it is showing when the pressure mounts. For the second consecutive playoff game, the Warriors blew a big lead late.
Unlike Game 6 against Denver, this time they lost.
They led by 16 points with four minutes left in Game 1 against No. 2-seed San Antonio.
But the Spurs closed regulation with an 18-2 run to force overtime, hijacking the momentum and eventually the series opener, winning 129-127 in double overtime.
“We're just young and inexperienced right now,” center Andrew Bogut said. “We're not doing a good job of closing out games both offensively and defensively. I think defensively is where it all starts. We can go into an offensive drought, but we can't allow a team to score 16 straight points.”
The Spurs made six straight field goals, including two 3-pointers — one from Danny Green that sent the game into overtime — in the final 3:57. Meanwhile, Golden State was 1 of 7 with two turnovers.
So, coach Mark Jackson, what happened?
“I think overall, you miss free throws, you don't value possessions, you throw away a possession offensively, you don't get back in transition, you don't pay attention to detail defensively, you give up a three, you have breakdowns.”
The same happened, basically, against Denver. The Warriors, on their home court, led by 17 with 8:01 left in Game 6.
Golden State missed six of its next nine shots and turned it over nine times before guard Jarrett Jack sealed it in the final seconds with a pair of free throws.