Warriors coach Mark Jackson won’t lose sleep after many road losses -- they’re common, if not expected at times.
However, Saturday’s 104-97 loss at Philadelphia doesn’t fit that bill. The reeling 76ers came into the game losers of their last seven and Golden State blew double-digit leads in both halves.
Three words from Jackson summed up how the team played down the stretch.
“We were bad,” he said.
And more specifically?
“We got away from who we are,” Jackson said. “We were careless, we turned the basketball over.”
Ideally, Jackson’s statement would be true, but the turnover-prone play was commonplace on the team’s five-game road trip. Twenty turnovers led to 24 Sixers points as the Warriors’ losing streak extended to four games.
The loss wasted good shooting performances from both Stephen Curry (11-of-20, 30 points) and Klay Thompson (11-of-18, 29) and dropped the Warriors’ lead in the standings over current No. 7 Utah to just a half-game.
“We made mistakes, we let go of the rope,” Jackson said, “and we paid the price because any team in the league, when you don’t put them away, you allow them to gain some life and you’re dealing with a different animal.”
Golden State’s final lead came after a Jarrett Jack jumper made it 92-91 with four minutes, 30 seconds left.
Almost immediately after, it was all Sixers.
On the their next trip down the floor a head fake from Jrue Holiday got Curry to jump by him into the Warriors bench and he calmly drained a three to put Philadelphia up 94-92. The teams traded buckets before Evan Turner hit a fade away jumper in the corner to extend the lead to four with 2:38 left.
The shot from Turner prompted Jackson to call a timeout, but it didn’t provide any dividends.
Turner took the Sixers’ lead to six with another jumper, but Thompson, who finished 7-of-12 from deep, hit a three to cut the lead in half.
Jack had a good inside look with about a minute and a half to go, but what would of cut the deficit to one was too strong and the Warriors couldn’t recover.
Golden State (33-27) opened up a 42-28 lead at the 7:05 mark of the second quarter, but Philadelphia used a 20-8 run over the next five minutes to cut back into it.
It was a stark contrast to how the Warriors played during the first four games of the road trip. In each game, Golden State fell behind by at least 10 points in the first half -- three times in the first quarter. However, each time the Warriors used runs similar to that of the 76ers to get back into the game.
Philadelphia (23-34) was 8-for-10 from deep in the first half, which matched what Curry was from the field. Curry had 23 first-half points.
The second half was much of the same.
Golden State jumped out to a 66-56 lead five minutes into the third quarter, but, again, Philadelphia refused to go away. The 76ers used a 17-6 to take a 73-72 lead with 2:39 left in the quarter.
The game stayed close the rest of the quarter with Philadelphia leading 82-81 headed into the fourth.
David Lee added to his NBA-leading 39th double-double with 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Holiday led the 76ers with 27 points, while Turner added 22.
Warriors Reunion for Sixers’ Wright, Jenkins
Saturday’s game served as a reunion for 76ers guards Dorell Wright and Charles Jenkins. Exactly a year ago, both Wright and Jenkins appeared for the Warriors in a 105-83 loss to the 76ers.
In July, Wright was shipped to Philadelphia as a part of a three-team trade that allowed Golden State to acquire Jarrett Jack from New Orleans. On Feb. 21, the day of the NBA trade deadline, the Warriors then sent Jenkins to the 76ers as a way to stay under the luxury tax this year.
Since being traded, Jenkins has played two minutes in five games. He did not appear against the Warriors.
Wright scored 13 points in 27 minutes, but Jenkins did not play.
#WarriorsTalk Tweet of the Game
Bad night to lose for GSW. Utah winning, Dallas won, Houston won. Not sure it even matters what happens to DEN and MEM now. #warriorstalk— Bobby G (@bobbyg27) March 2, 2013
Next up – Toronto
The Warriors being a seven-game home stand against Toronto on Monday. Golden State has won nine of its last 11 against the Raptors, including a 114-102 road win on Jan. 28.
The Raptors have lost their last seven games in Oakland with their last win coming in 2004.