Maybe it the distraction of an injured starter not long before tip-off. Maybe it was their slate-collared alternate uniforms.
Or maybe it was just a matter of time before the Warriors finally played a game that went down to the wire.
Whatever the case, it sure was a strange Saturday night at Oracle Arena.
The Warriors extended their franchise-best win streak to 11 in a row, but not before the Brooklyn Nets, of all teams, gave them a serious scare. The visitors entered the game with a 1-8 record.
“We talked about it today at shootaround to have the mindset to finish this week out on a high note,” interim coach Luke Walton said.
If Andre Iguodala hadn’t drained a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds on the clock to force overtime, it wouldn’t have happened. Then the Warriors reeled off the first 10 points of the extra session.
“We’ve got a bunch of smart players on our team,” Iguodala said. “Obviously, I wasn’t the No. 1 option, but we made an adjustment. Draymond (Green) gave me the ball, so I put up the shot. The execution was there. They just played good defense, so we took what they gave us.”
Stephen Curry paced the winners with 34 points, while Andrew Bogut finished with 10 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots. Ex-Warrior Jarrett Jack had a team-high 28 points for the Nets.
Earlier in the day, Thompson complained of a stiff back at practice. The problem had lingered for several weeks, but he decided to play through it.
“(Thompson) was a little stiff during shootaround this morning and he was getting some treatment afterwards,” Walton reported. “We were going to see if it loosened up throughout the day.”
“It’s nothing serious,” Thompson insisted. “(The decision) was more precautionary than anything. I’ll be fine.”
It didn’t. Horgotten man Brandon Rush replaced Thompson in the backcourt. He had played only 34 minutes off the bench this season. Leandro Barbosa might have gotten the call, but he was in Brazil for a family matter.
The game was the third for the Warriors in four days, but on the heels of an open date, Walton said, “I expect us to come out with a lot of energy.” No sooner did Walton have the words out of his mouth than the Nets bolted to a 36-21 lead in the first quarter.
Still, as they usually do, the Champs persevered and survived.