And so goes the road of stumbles and falls.
The Golden State Warriors capped a winless four-game road trip with a 116-91 laugher to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.
Whether it’s tired legs or injured bodies, something is certainly wrong. Golden State’s fourth consecutive loss marks the worst losing streak of the season.
“We’re fine,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “There is no panic. We lost another game. We did not play well. We made mistakes. We did not put together 48 minutes of basketball. But there is going to be no panic, we’ll regroup and be prepared for the next one.”
The next one comes at home on Tuesday against the Rockets, the last contest before the All-Star Break.
Maybe drained effort is to be expected, as the Warriors have played 10 games in 16 days, eight of which have come on the road.
Of course, Jackson won’t allow any excuses.
“I won’t give any credit to fatigue; that has nothing to do with us.”
Still, the loss to Dallas was the team’s fourth loss in five nights.
The Warriors (30-21) had finished with at least a split on each of their multiple-game road trips this season. The Warriors are now sub-.500 on the road with a 14-15 away record.
The Warriors trailed 62-36 at halftime, shooting just 30.4 percent while allowing the Mavericks to shoot 51.2 percent. The Warriors allowed 17 fast-break points in the first half while scoring none. The Mavericks also led 15-2 in points off turnovers.
Golden State shot 32 percent in the first quarter and trailed 30-16. Defensively, the Warriors have fallen flat in the first quarter in each of the four games of the road trip: at Houston (38), Oklahoma City (34), Memphis (32) and Dallas (30). The Warriors have also allowed 60-plus points in each of the first halves.
“We haven’t defended at the level we’re used to defending, we’ve been hurt each night in transition, we haven’t taken care of the basketball, and I don’t think we’ve played with the edge that we played with the entire first half of the season,” Jackson said.
“That being said, everybody goes through, we’re not going to hide it, we’re not going to deny it, we’re going to make the proper adjustments and get back to who we are.”
It took 23 shots for Stephen Curry to score 18 points. Curry connected on 1-for-3 three-pointers and was 8-for-23 from the field. He did add seven rebounds and four assists. David Lee had 10 points and six rebounds.
Andrew Bogut did not play in the back-to-back, a trend that will remain until at least the All-Star Break. Andris Biedrins started and went scoreless but had eight rebounds in 13 minutes. Festus Ezeli, who made his first last start on Jan. 26, played 11 minutes to total four points and four rebounds.
Shawn Marion scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points on 3-for-12 shooting but 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.
The Mavericks crossed the century mark with 7:15 remaining in the fourth quarter when Darren Collison's three-pointer put Dallas ahead 101-79.
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Missing their sixth man
Jarrett Jack missed his third consecutive game with a right shoulder contusion. The Warriors missed the play of their backup point guard who is averaging 12.8 points and 5.8 assists this season.
Kent Bazemore played 20 minutes and shot 3-for-11 for seven points and Charles Jenkins played 13 minutes finishing with no points and two assists.
No true rest for their stars
While many fans are hoping that next week’s All-Star break might offer rest for a drained Warriors team, that’s won’t be the case.
Eighty percent of the Warriors starting lineup will hit the road for NBA All-Star Weekend. David Lee will take part in the All-Star Game, Stephen Curry will participate in the Three-Point Contest, and Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will represent the Warriors in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Worries of disrespect?
I can just hear the skeptics starting to blast the Warriors after they go 0-4 on this trip #warriorstalk— Brandon Weaver (@bkweav) February 10, 2013
The last time the Warriors came up empty on a four-game trip came in March 2011.
The Warriors had previously beaten the Mavericks in each of the team's two meetings, at home on Jan. 31 and in Dallas on Nov. 19.
Golden State entered with a 23-3 record when grabbing more rebounds than its opponent. Not all stats are telling, as the Warriors fell despite outrebounding the Mavericks 52-44.