The rim didn't look all that disfigured to the naked eye.
But the officials were certain that something had to be amiss Friday in San Antonio since the Warriors entered the halftime break with a lead.
When the teams re-emerged from the locker rooms, there was a 20-minute delay to change the rim. Five minutes later, we were brought back from the brief trip to an alternate universe.
The Spurs regained their lead at the 7:09 mark of the third quarter and then wrapped up a 95-88 victory, their 28th consecutive home win over the Warriors.
The Warriors (23-15) have dropped five of their past six games, including three straight for the first time this season. The Spurs (31-11) have won 14 consecutive as the host team, sport a league-best 18-2 home record and haven't lost at the AT&T Center since Nov. 19.
The Warriors have dropped 16 straight games to the Spurs and haven't won in the Alamo City in 16 years.
On Feb. 14, 1997, Latrell Sprewell out-dueled Dominique Wilkins 32-22, and three future coaches (Vinny Del Negro, Avery Johnson and Monty Williams) played for San Antonio.
Twenty-eight "is an incredible number," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "That's embarrassing. But it's not mine, and I don't own it. Whatever is mine, I own it. They've beaten us since I've been here, and that's a year and a half.
"Those 28 times, that's inexcusable."
This Warriors team had even more stacked against it than usual, playing its second straight game without point guard Stephen Curry, who has a sprained right ankle.
Warriors hang tight but lose to Spurs
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 19