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Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (C) passes to teammate Klay Thompson (11) against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders Serge Ibaka (L) of Congo, and Russell Westbrook (R) in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma February 6, 2013. REUTERS/Bill Waugh (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Warriors had everything working against them heading into the toughest game on this trip.

Because of travel issues, they didn't get to their hotel until 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. Then Golden State, already without starting center Andrew Bogut, learned that backup point guard Jarrett Jack, one of the team's most pivotal players, was out with a right shoulder contusion and ailing hip. And the Warriors were facing one of the league's best teams in Oklahoma City, which certainly remembers losing in Oakland last month.

With that in mind, the Warriors' 119-98 loss to the Thunder could be expected, even for a "no-excuse basketball team."

"We lost," coach Mark Jackson said, dismissing a question about the obstacles they faced. "We were not who we are and who we've been. They thoroughly outplayed us."

Golden State showed much more fight than it did in the first 47 minutes of a 31-point loss at Houston the previous night. But it didn't have the legs nor the weapons to contend with Oklahoma City (37-12).

For the second consecutive trip, the Warriors have started 0-2 and need two wins to break even. But this time, instead of lowly Toronto up next, the Warriors have to face a Memphis squad that has beaten them eight consecutive times.

"The best we can do now is go .500 for this road trip and finish strong before the All-Star break," guard Klay Thompson said after totaling 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting. "We still have pretty good teams ahead of us. That's all we can do now."


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Point guard Stephen Curry epitomized the kind of night the Warriors had. He gave it all he had trying to take down an NBA juggernaut. He thrived on sheer will, scurrying around on defense, probing and maneuvering on offense through the Thunder's long and athletic defense. He nearly came out with a triple-double: 14 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

Digging deep for the energy to attack led to lapses in Curry's focus. And it did a number on his shot.

He missed 15 of his 20 shots and committed six turnovers in 36 minutes.

And since he was the catalyst of the Warriors offense -- with David Lee struggling to get any rhythm against the Thunder's Serge Ibaka -- Golden State was reduced to spurts of success.

The Warriors shot 40.9 percent and committed 19 turnovers, falling behind by as much as 26.

That only fueled the potent Oklahoma City offense. The Thunder, which shot 50.5 percent, totaled 64 points in the paint and 20 fast-break points. It scored 20 points off the Warriors' turnovers.

"You don't take care of the basketball against this team, its two points on the other end," Jackson said.

The Warriors were down big early after their second consecutive dismal first half, giving up 67 points on 56.5 percent shooting. Over the last two games, Golden State gave up 144 points on 55.9 percent shooting in the first half.

Whereas Houston did it by knocking down 14 3-pointers, the Thunder torched the Warriors the first two quarters by going inside. Russell Westbrook scored 18 points in the first half and Kevin Durant 14 as the Thunder racked up 34 points in the paint.

Golden State trailed 69-49 after Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins opened the third quarter with a jumper. But the Warriors didn't cave as they did in Houston. They gradually chipped away at the lead.

A jumper by Curry and a 3-pointer by Thompson cut the lead to 69-54 two minutes into the third. After a Durant jumper, Harrison Barnes hit a 3-pointer to start a quick 7-2 spurt that trimmed the deficit to 73-61 with eight minutes left in the quarter.

It wasn't pretty, but the Warriors scrambled around the court frantically for the rest of the quarter and trailed 90-79 entering the fourth.

Considering they were short-handed, overmatched and no doubt drained from the back-to-back set and travel issues, down 11 entering the fourth quarter was a feat.

The hope was short-lived, though.

Golden State's undisciplined defense left Kevin Martin open for back-to-back jumpers. Then Ibaka found Martin for a dunk to put Oklahoma City back up by 16. During that span, the Warriors turned the ball over three times and missed a jumper.

Just over a minute later, Martin found himself wide open again. He knocked down the corner 3-pointer to push the Thunder's lead to 104-83 with 8:09 remaining.

"I don't know if our energy was a problem," Curry said. "I think it was just a lack of focus at the beginning. They got off to a huge lead. But we fought back and gave it everything we had the second half to try to make that a competitive game. Just couldn't get it done."

  • Jack was scratched from the lineup because of a right shoulder contusion. His hip was also hurting, too, after a hard fall late in Tuesday's loss at Houston.

    Midway through the fourth quarter, he went up to contest a fast-break layup by Rockets guard Jeremy Lin and landed hard on his right side. He popped up but moments later asked Jackson to take him out. Jack could barely lift his right arm before Wednesday's game and said he was in so much pain he couldn't sleep.

    His status for Friday's game at Memphis is up in the air, too. Jack said he probably will be examined during the off day Thursday.

  • Bogut, who will not play in back-to-back sets until after the All-Star break, said he will play Friday against Memphis. Center Andris Biedrins started in place of Bogut at Oklahoma City, totaling two points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 12 minutes.


    Friday's game

    Warriors
    (30-19) at Memphis
    (30-18),
    5 p.m.
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