Thursday , May , 10 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Baron Davis & Golden State Warriors Miss Key Free Throws, Lose Game Two To Utah Jazz

The Golden State Warriors were leading late in the fourth quarter. But six missed free throws in the final frame, opened the door for a Utah Jazz comeback. Deron Williams tied the game with two seconds left and Utah sealed the win in overtime. … The Warriors are still very much alive though … Get your recap and analysis here …

What Happened: The Warriors lost game one because they got out-rebounded. On Wednesday night, they lost game two because of missed free throws.

The Warriors bricked four free throws in the final two minutes, allowing the to tie the game and eventually win in overtime 127-117.

Utah leads the Western Conference semifinal series 2-0.

Once again, the Jazz’s front court imposed their will on the Warriors’ smaller line-up. led the Jazz with 30 points and 13 rebounds, while had 23 points and 18 rebounds. continued his renaissance, tallying 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, and six blocks. And had 10 points and six rebounds in limited minutes.

scored 17 points and dished out 14 assists. But his back-up, provided Utah with a huge lift in limited minutes, returning from his daughter’s cancer treatments to play in the second half. The veteran guard knocked down a clutch three-pointer and slowed Baron Davis with his on-the-ball pressure.

scored 36 points and added seven assists for Golden State. hit 5-of-10 three point attempts to finish with 27 points, while chipped in with 17 points off the bench.

Utah enjoyed a 60-32 rebounding edge. Golden State stayed in the game by making 15-of-40 three point attempts, while the Jazz went 7-for-16 from beyond the arc.

The Warriors were leading late in the game, but couldn’t seal the win because of poor free throw shooting. split a pair of free throws. missed two free throw attempts. And Davis missed a free throw with six seconds to play.

Utah gained possession of the ball with five seconds remaining, trailing 113-111. Deron Williams hit a running 12-foot jumper to send the game into overtime.

The Jazz took this momentum into overtime, outscoring the Warriors 15-5.

Game 3 is scheduled for Friday in Oakland

Reaction of TNT analyst Charles Barkley on the Jazz:
“The more I watch Utah play, the more I’m impressed with them."  (TNT Broadcast)

Reaction of Utah guard Derek Fisher on his daughter’s surgery and coming back to play:
“It’s been unbelievable. My daughter’s doing very well. She had a successful operation today in New York. I got off the plane and got into the game. I’m speechless. My loyalty is always with family and faith first. I had to get permission from my wife to get here. My coach and teammates welcomed me with open arms. They kept me on the active list. They didn’t have to do that." (ESPN)

My Take: This was another great game. Utah used their big frontline to dominate the glass, while Golden State stayed competitive with timely three-point shooting.

Unfortunately, the Warriors only have themselves to blame. They missed free throws. And they turned the ball over late in the fourth quarter. Coach Don Nelson seemed extremely dejected at the post-game press conference. He knows Golden State should have won.

But the Warriors have a few things going for them. First, they’re heading home to Oracle Arena, where their fans will provide a lift. Second, Baron Davis outplayed Deron Williams in the all-important point guard match-up. Finally, Golden State has the confidence and swagger to come back from a 0-2 deficit.

 Friday’s game is a must win for the Warriors.

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