OAKLAND -- The Warriors concluded a seven-game homestand with arguably their worst performance of the season.

They were straight up bullied by Chicago in a 113-95 loss Friday night. On their home floor. Against a Bulls squad down two key players. In a game they needed. On national television. In yellow jerseys with sleeves.

The Warriors' biggest hater perhaps couldn't have scripted a worse performance.

"It's just embarrassing," point guard Stephen Curry said. "We're at home, on national TV, wearing our ugly jerseys. It's just one of those things where it's a lot of attention on us, and we don't show up to play."

Golden State now sits just a half-game ahead of Houston, which won Friday, for the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference. And with the Los Angeles Lakers' surprise victory in Indiana, mostly without Kobe Bryant, Golden State is just two games ahead of the No. 8 seed.

And after the performance the Warriors registered against Chicago, it's worth noting that the Warriors are just three games ahead of No. 9 Utah.

A win over the Bulls would have salvaged an otherwise dicey homestand, during which the Warriors were supposed to offset their road struggles of late. The ugly wins over Toronto and Sacramento, the tough losses to Houston and Milwaukee, would've looked a lot better had the Warriors handled business against Chicago and finished the homestand 5-2.


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Instead, Golden State got destroyed.

"Very unacceptable," backup point guard Jarrett Jack said. "We know they play hard each and every time. We know that when you play a team like them, you have to match it or play above it. For us, it's just an embarrassment.

From the jump ball all the way to the last play, they outplayed us. It's an embarrassment for us, our organization, for our coaching staff to our fans in the stands that support us nonstop."

Every starter was outplayed as the Warriors put up a clunker that will certainly be remembered if they don't make the playoffs. Curry wasn't even close to affecting the game as much as Bulls guard Nate Robinson, his former teammate.

Curry finished with eight points on 2-of-13 shooting with four assists. Robinson had 20 points on 13 shots with seven assists.

Warriors guard Klay Thompson had just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. Bulls guard Marco Belinelli, a former first-round pick of the Warriors, had 13 points and six assists.

Forward David Lee's 15 points and eight rebounds were topped by the 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists by forward Carlos Boozer. Chicago All-Star center Joakim Noah had 16 points and 13 rebounds, dominating his matchup with Warriors big man Andrew Bogut (one point, four rebounds).

Rookie forward Harrison Barnes' 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting was outclassed by Bulls All-Star forward Luol Deng's 23 points and six rebounds.

"Loose balls, rebounds, screens, movin' without the basketball," coach Mark Jackson said. "Any way you want to measure playing with force, we failed. That first unit, I can remember, I told them, 'There is not a guy that's winning his matchup. There's not one guy.' "

Lee tied the game at 44 on a layup at the 4:10 mark of this first half.

After that, it seems, Golden State just gave up the ghost. Over the next 8 minutes, 42 seconds -- bridging the second and third quarters -- the Warriors managed just five points. They missed 15 of 16 shots (10 of them jumpers) and committed four turnovers.

Lee drilled a step-back jumper off a pick-and-roll with Curry at the 7:27 mark of the third quarter. That snapped a 28-5 run, putting the Warriors down 72-51.

A big deficit, but certainly the game wasn't over. If the Warriors closed the quarter with a run, they could get within striking distance in the fourth quarter, right? All it took, it seemed, was a little fight, stringent execution and lots of urgency.

Get the famed Oracle Arena crowd going, and the Warriors could pull off noteworthy comeback.

By the end of the third, that looked as possible as congressional unity. Golden State trailed by 31.

The Bulls, who had failed to reach 100 in nine straight, completely torched the Warriors in the third quarter, scoring 38 points on 61.9 percent shooting. Golden State managed just 17 points on 4-of-16 shooting.

But what had to be most disconcerting was the Warriors' lack of fight. They looked like the team closing out a road trip. They looked like a team not fighting for their playoff lives. And it could get worse for the Warriors. They now must right the ship on the road, where they've lost nine of 10. Starting Sunday at Houston, which is 3-0 against the Warriors this season.

After a game at New Orleans, Golden States concludes the three-game trip at San Antonio, where the Warriors haven't won since Barnes was a toddler.

"We have a chance to come back on Sunday," Jack said, "but we can't overlook this kind of effort."

  • Warriors rookie forward Draymond Green returned to action Friday. He sprained his ankle in Wednesday's win over Detroit, knocking him out for the second half. But Green was cleared to play after participating in shoot-around Friday morning.

  • The Warriors wore their sleeved jerseys and striped shorts for the last time this season. They were scheduled to wear them for Friday home games, and the loss to Chicago was the last such game of the season. They finished 1-2 in the unis.

  • Bulls starting point guard Kirk Hinrich sat out with a foot injury.

    SUNDAY'S game
    Warriors (37-30) at Houston (36-30), 4 p.m. CSNBA


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