Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) shoots for two points during a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons in Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. Sunday, October 29, 2017. (Daniel Kim/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Warriors come up short in 4th-quarter rescue attempt

OAKLAND — After commanding a 14-point advantage in the first half, the Golden State Warriors sank to a 115-107 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night at Oracle Arena.

The defeat featured a furious but ultimately futile fourth-quarter rally.

“The right team won,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “Karma was in the right place tonight.”

“They outplayed us. They outhustled us,” Kerr continued. “So, we didn’t deserve to win that game just by showing up in the last six minutes. The right thing happened.”

In the loss, Klay Thompson went for a team high 29 points while Durant, who was at the center of the failed comeback effort, scored 28. Stephen Curry totaled 27 points.

Durant disagreed with his coach’s assessment that the Dubs weren’t properly invested in the contest.

“I think we cared about the game,” Durant said. “Obviously everyone wants to win. It’s just the small details that we’ve got to lock in on.”

After falling behind by 13 points — 101-88 — at the 6:10 mark in the fourth, Durant briefly took over the game.

The reigning Finals MVP hit back-to-back 3-pointers, cut through the lane for a dunk, then dished an assist to Thompson who connected on the 3, trimming the deficit to just four points in a two-minute span. The Warriors would close within three points, but never got any closer than that.

On a night when the Warriors amassed 25 turnovers, the guests grabbed the lead for good, 82-81, on the final play of the third quarter when Anthony Tolliver hit a triple as the clock expired.

“We had a pretty comfortable lead in the third quarter and the turnovers crept up and kind of bit us tonight,” Curry said.

Streak over

Late in the third quarter, Curry missed a free throw — snapping his run of 52 consecutive makes to start the season. Curry’s streak stood at a career best 54 dating back to last year.

“I felt really good,” Curry said. “It was one of those in-and-out kind of situations. [I can] live with that. That happens. It was a good run. Hopefully I can start another streak. Streaks are meant to be broken.”

Fast start for the Big 3

Drilling six of his first seven shots, Curry went for 15 points in the first quarter and 20 in the opening half. Thompson totaled 10 in the first and 13 in the half.

Durant also tallied nine points, meaning the trio of top scorers accounted for 44 of the 57 first-half points, shooting a combined 69.2 percent (18-for-26) from the field.

Welcome to the club

In the process of going for 29, Thompson became the 11th player in franchise history to hit the 9,000-point plateau.

‘Don’t be so obvious’

Following the loss, Draymond Green spent more than three minutes railing against the $25,000 he was assessed for his part in Friday’s fight with Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards.

Green couldn’t comprehend why Beal, who began the melee only drew a $50,000 fine and how Kelly Oubre, who escalated the situation by throwing punches, earned a $15,000 penalty.

“Out in the world, if somebody hits you, you’re allowed to defend yourself,’ Draymond said. “It’s called self-defense. If somebody shoots you, you’re allowed to shoot back. You know, self-defense.”

“I got hit and didn’t even hit back and got fined. Then for [Bradley Beal] to get fined only $50,000 and I got fined 25? Oubre comes in throwing punches and he gets fined less than me?”

“I mean, that just doesn’t add up to me. I know they’re aren’t the biggest fan of me. That’s fine, but don’t be so obvious that you’re not the biggest fan of me. Like that’s just too obvious.”

Kerr was also puzzled by the numbers.

“I’m a little confused,” Kerr admitted before Sunday’s game. “I’m not sure how you get fined 25 grand for being attacked.”

“So, I don’t know. It seemed like maybe, maybe there’s some prior reputation involved.”

kbuscheck@sfexaminer.com

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