After beating the Celtics on Sunday and coping with a five-hour travel delay getting out of Boston early Monday morning, the Warriors arrived at their New York hotel around 4 a.m.
Their itinerary – and former teammate Jarrett Jack – caught up with them.
The Warriors on Monday night ended their longest road trip of the season with heavy legs, tongues hanging out and, ultimately, a 110-108 loss to the Nets at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Warriors (46-12) trailed for the vast majority of the game, but fought back to tie it at 108-108 on a Stephen Curry 3-pointer with 1:09 left to play.
After the teams traded turnovers, the Nets called time out with 20.6 seconds to play and handed the ball to Jack. He dribbled the clock down, worked his way into a 16-foot jumper over Curry's outstretched hands, giving Brooklyn the lead with 1.1 seconds to play.
The clocked expired before the Warriors could get off a shot.
The Warriors took a 9-8 lead with 7:35 left in the first quarter and spent the rest of the game playing from behind. They trailed by as much as 10 and never again took a lead.
Curry scored 26 points – 18 in the fourth quarter – to lead five Warriors that scored in double figures. Andrew Bogut had 16, Festus Ezeli 14, Andre Iguodala 12 and Shaun Livingston 11.
Their last chance to win ended when Bogut threw a pass toward Curry and Thompson at the precise moment both guard reversed direction. The ball landed out of bounds with 20.6 seconds to play.
There is no glory in defeat, but Curry and Bogut have to share this one.
Curry was relatively invisible through three quarters, scoring 8 points on 2-of-7 shooting, then was off-the-charts phenomenal in the fourth quarter. This is yet another performance to be submitted as part of his MVP campaign.
Bogut played his most productive offensive game of the season and was, of all things, the primary offensive force for the first half, when he scored all 16 of his points. He added eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
There was only one turning point, and it came when Jack drilled his game-winner.
Trailing 108-99 with 3:29 to go, the Warriors rode a 9-0 run to tie the score at 108-108 with 1:09 left.
Reserve guard Leandro Barbosa (upper respiratory viral infection) did not play.
C Ognjen Kuzmic and F James Michael McAdoo remain on assignment with Santa Cruz of the D-League.
The Warriors after the game returned to the Bay Area, where on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena they face the Milwaukee Bucks to open a stretch in which they will play 10 of their next 12 games at home.