(Part-1) Kerr justifies benching JK, but pattern worries him.

San Francisco— Steve Kerr didn't question his choice Thursday night to sit starting forward Jonathan Kuminga for the last 18 minutes of a 130-127 defeat to the Denver Nuggets late Friday afternoon.

Kerr, Kuminga, and a sellout Chase Center audience witnessed the Warriors lose an 18-point lead in a self-destructive fourth quarter. Both coach and player were unhappy with the evening.

After Kuminga complained to Anthony Slater and Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kerr met with him Friday. The coach gave a disappointing answer to why he was benched.

“He was playing great,” Kerr said 90 minutes before tipoff against the Pistons. But we had another group who came in playing well and completed the quarter well, so we mainly kept the same bunch.

We ran quickly and took the lead to 18. Andrew Wiggins played well. He grabbed two baskets. He guarded Jamal Murray. To be honest, I chose Wiggs because he was performing well.

“After the game, I check the box score and JK only played 18 minutes. I must extend his exposure. But these are difficult decisions because it's not simply how many minutes a person plays. It's the players, combination, and game situation.

The Warriors lost 36-20 in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter, Wiggins, one of nine Warriors, scored five points but was minus-13 for 10 minutes.

Kuminga had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists on 5-of-7 shooting. He had a team-best plus-6 in 19 minutes. His final shot was a 3-point play that knotted the game (84-84), sent Denver star Jamal Murray to the bench with his fourth foul, and started a 23-7 Golden State surge.

Watch this space for further developments.