With the Warriors knocking on the door of history Wednesday night in Brooklyn, their bench failed to answer.
And if that weren't enough to overcome, the Warriors then sabotaged themselves with 18 turnovers in a 102-98 loss to the Nets that put sour punctuation on what had been a glorious road trip.
The loss robbed the Warriors of a chance achieve the first 7-0 road trip in NBA history and extend their overall streak to 11, which would have tied the league-high streak this season as well as the longest in Warriors history.
It came undone in a stunning barrage of turnovers. The Warriors' 18 giveaways led to 22 Brooklyn points.
Stephen Curry's fourth-quarter heroics – he scored 15 of the team's 22 points during those 12 minutes – merely generated some drama down the stretch.
Curry finished with 34 points, seven assists, five rebounds and two steals – but seven turnovers. David Lee added 20 points and seven assists. Klay Thompson finished with 14 and Andrew Bogut with 10.
The Warriors (24-14) got off to a great start, making six of their first seven shots and eventually taking a 32-16 lead late in the first quarter.
But the lead began to evaporate once Jackson turned to his bench. The Nets (14-21) went on a 17-3 run that began late in the first quarter and continue into the second. One night after the Dubs' bench was outscored 26-8, it took a 36-17 clubbing from the Brooklyn reserves.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCES: Curry powered the team down the stretch, scoring 8 of the team's first 12 points of the final quarter, but could not deliver alone.
TURNING POINT: The Nets got back into the game in the second quarter, but put it away with a 13-5 run over the final 3:44. Joe Johnson scored 8 points during that finishing kick.
INJURY UPDATE: Centers Jermaine O'Neal (right wrist surgery) and Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) are out indefinitely.
ROSTER NOTE: Rookie guard Nemanja Nedovic remains on assignment with the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors return to Oracle Arena on Friday to face Boston. The Dubs have won 13 of the last 17 games against the Celtics in Oakland but have not swept a season series since 2006-07. Eleven of the Warriors' next 15 games will be at home.