Kevin Durant offered an explanation Tuesday night regarding his process on the Golden State Warriors' penultimate possession in their 95-92 Game 4 loss at Oracle Arena and concluded that, if he could do things differently, he would.
"I definitely wish I could have that last play back," Durant told reporters, reflecting on a rushed pass he made to Klay Thompson that preceded a contested jumper. "So I'm gonna watch film and see what my options were and just hopefully if I'm in that position again, you know, I'll be better."
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Still, Durant noted his decision making on that possession, which came with the Warriors down 94-92, wasn't the only reason the defending champions weren't able to seize a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals.
"I raced it down," he said. "I was trying to see if I had some options. I seen Klay running along the baseline and maybe should've waited until he set his feet. But I just threw a bounce pass and tried to relocate for it. But man, that's not the reason why we lost the game. I wish it could've been a better possession at the end, but we gotta live with that and move on and be better next game. It's the whole game we gotta get better at."
Durant has a point.
The Warriors led by 12 points following a Shaun Livingston dunk with 10:45 left in the fourth quarter, but they made just two more shots from the floor the remainder of regulation. All told, Golden State shot 3-of-18 from the field, including 0-of-6 from three, over the final 12 minutes, as ESPN Stats & Info illustrated:
The Warriors, who already took Game 1 in Houston, will hope for a repeat performance in enemy territory Thursday at Toyota Center as they try to avoid moving to within one game of elimination.