The Warriors are coming home and they couldn't be happier to return to their warm cocoon of familiarity, with an upcoming schedule ideal for re-establishing a routine and finding a rhythm.
Best of all, they are completely free of road trips to the icy East Coast.
So any weeping upon leaving Brooklyn late Monday night could just as easily be attributed to the joy of the future as to the agony of the immediate past. The Warriors were stung by a 110-108 loss to the Nets, but there is every reason to believe the pain won't linger.
The last game of a long trip typically is tough to win. That is particularly true when the last game is the second in two nights, as was the case in Brooklyn.
The Warriors (46-12) started slow, fell behind and spent the final 40 minutes trying to catch up. And when they finally did pull into a tie in the final minutes – despite one of the worst shooting nights Klay Thompson will ever experience – ex-Warrior Jarrett Jack sent them away heartbroken with a game-winning jump shot with 1.1 seconds left.
"He makes big shots," Curry said of Jack. "But I played as much defense as I could on that possession and contested him, made him alter it just a little bit, and he still knocked it down."
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Curry was the key to another Warriors comeback. One night after leading the charge as the Warriors rallied from a 26-point deficit to win at Boston, Curry was back at it. He scored 8 points through the first three quarters before putting in 18 in the fourth.
"Steph was amazing down the stretch for a guy who didn't do much the first half, got in foul trouble, didn't look like he had his legs," coach Steve Kerr said. "And then, to just explode like he did was remarkable. He gave us a chance to win."
Whereas the young Celtics folded on Sunday, the more experienced Nets never lost their cool. They got a pair of crucial 3-pointers for newly acquired forward Thaddeus Young in the fourth quarter. And Jack, his usual fearless self, scored 7 of the Brooklyn's last 9 points.
"They deserved to win," Kerr said. "They hit tough shots. Thaddeus Young hit a couple big threes right when we had some momentum. Deron Williams was terrific. Jarrett Jack, that's what he does. He hits a lot of big shots."
"I'm really proud of our guys. (They gave) great effort, particularly with all the travel and the schedule being what it is. We were right there. We had our chances."
Those chances would have paid off if only one of the eight 3-pointers that Thompson missed had fallen. The All-Star shooting guard finished with 7 points, tying his season low, on 3-of-17 shooting, including 1-of-9 from beyond the arc.
That the Warriors got 30 points from centers Andrew Bogut (season-high 16) and Festus Ezeli (season-high 14) was almost enough to offset the lack of output from Thompson as well as forwards Harrison Barnes (6 points) and Draymond Green (3).
The result, though, was a sour ending to a six-game road trip during which the Warriors went 3-3.
"We're used to winning," said Bogut, who scored all his points in the first half. "But you're going to have a few bumps in an NBA season. That's why it's such a tough league.
"Wins on the road are tough and we got three of them. We'll go home."
They can't get back to the Bay Area soon enough. The Warriors play 24 more games, 15 of which will be at Oracle Arena. They can hardly wait.
Bogut and Ezeli were active in the paint at both ends, something that had to delight the coaching staff. Not only did they combine for 30 points, on 12-of-16 shooting, but they also pulled 19 rebounds and blocked four shots in a combined 40 minutes.
Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston paired up nicely off the bench, combining for a 23 points (each on 5-of-8 shooting), seven rebounds, seven assists and one steal.
Curry recorded one steal, bringing his career-best streak to 22 consecutive games with at least one theft. He leads the NBA in steals.
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Another night Thompson would like to forget. Fatigue seemed to affect several Warriors, none more than him.
Though Barnes and Green combined for 17 rebounds, they produced little else. Barnes' 6 points came on 2-of-7 shooting, while Green's 3 came on 1-of-5.
The Warriors were against the odds from the start. There was the energy-draining comeback Sunday night in Boston, followed by a five-hour travel delay that put them in New York around 4 a.m. A tired team was completely disrupted.
To see them make a comeback, mostly behind Curry, speaks to their belief that they can win any game, regardless of deficit. Such a mentality is a must for a team with legitimate championship aspirations.