Late mistakes sink Warriors in ‘tough loss’ to Wizards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 9: Golden State Warriors’ Damion Lee (1) gets the ball knocked away by Washington Wizards’ Deni Avdija (9) in the final seconds of the fourth period of their basketball game in San Francisco, Calif., on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

With both hands over his head, Damion Lee frowned, his eyes drawn to a clock that read 1.2 seconds remaining.

As Lee stood there under the rim moments after his pass that was picked off, he felt his mistake cost the Warriors their first consecutive win in nearly a month. However, poor defense in the first half and more mistakes than one in the final seconds sunk the Warriors in Friday night’s 110-107 loss to the Washington Wizards at Chase Center.

This is about as tough a loss as they come in the midst of a playoff push.

“We’re all going to lose sleep tonight,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “I’ll lose sleep, I’m sure Damion will lose sleep, all the guys will. Really tough loss.”

After climbing back from a 12-point hole in the second quarter, the Warriors used a 12-2 run in the fourth and led by three with 10 seconds remaining. But Golden State fouled Bradley Beal on a fading-away 3-pointer out of the corner with 6.1 seconds to go. Beal made the shot and ensuing free throw to give the Wizards a one-point lead.

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