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Golden State Warriors coach Kerr on San Antonio Spurs defeat

Steve Kerr heaped praise on the San Antonio Spurs' display after seeing his Golden State Warriors team fall to an unexpected defeat on Saturday.

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Golden State Warriors coach Kerr on San Antonio Spurs defeat
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr praised the San Antonio Spurs after they ended his team's 11-game winning home run in the NBA.

The Spurs consigned the Warriors to a shock 112-107 defeat at Chase Center on Saturday, halting their longest run of victories in their own backyard since they reeled off 54 in a row from January 2015 to March 2016.

League leaders Golden State rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter, but a run of 8-1 closed out an upset for the 8-13 Spurs.

Curry's 27 points can't save Golden State from defeat

Dejounte Murray scored 22 points and claimed 12 rebounds, with Derrick White finishing with 25 points in a stunning success for San Antonio as Stephen Curry's 27-point haul to go with eight rebounds and five assists was in vain.

Warriors head coach Kerr praised the Suns for a stirring display. "The Spurs were great," he said. "They took it to us right from the outset. They came in playing well, they had a ton of energy, they ran right through us, right past us.

"We just had a tough time getting going, but the fact that our guys gave themselves a chance in the second half with that competitiveness was indicative of the kind of team we have and the kind of guys we have."

The Warriors (19-4) were brought back down to earth on the back of halting the Phoenix Suns' 18-game winning run.

Warriors "showed championship mettle" despite losing, says Popovich

Yet Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich felt Kerr's men showed why they are such a force with the manner in which they rallied in the third quarter.

He said: "They really showed their championship mettle by coming back and playing as hard as they did.

"You can see why it's a special program and why they're championship calibre guys. It's not just about the talent, it's all the other stuff and they've got it in spades."

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