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Warriors thank fans in stirring moment
The Golden State Warriors accomplished more than most expected in their second year under head coach Mark Jackson, but their unlikely playoff journey ended Thursday night in Oakland with a 94-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.
The plucky Warriors’ effort wasn’t lost on the home crowd, though. After the season-ending defeat, many fans at Oracle Arena stuck around to root their team off the floor. The gesture was so moving that the Golden State players, led by star guard Stephen Curry, returned to the court after retreating to the locker room to let them know they appreciated the support:
"We just want to thank you guys for your continued support all season," Curry told the crowd, most of which was dressed in yellow Warriors T-shirts. "You guys made Oracle Arena a great place to play. The energy, the passion you have for us is unmatched across the league, so we want to just thank you guys.
"Obviously, it didn't end the way we wanted it to, but all the hard work and the foundation we built this year, we're going to keep growing and get back to this level next year."
Curry then led the crowd in a rendition of the team’s in-huddle chant — “Just us” — before leaving the court.
Oracle Arena has always been mentioned as having one of the best fan atmospheres you’ll ever find, and they boast one of the loudest crowds in the NBA. The scene after the team’s 2007 elimination of the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the first round was nothing short of incredible, and Thursday night’s tribute shows that this Warriors team, under Jackson, is one that’s deserving of such a devoted fan base.