PHILADELPHIA -- While his teammates showered and got dressed, Warriors guard Jarrett Jack sat at his locker, still. His chin rested in his palm as he stared blankly at the carpet. Occasionally, he'd drag both hands down his face, as if trying to wipe off the Warriors' 104-97 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Then he'd let out a sigh and go back to staring, chin resting in his palm.
This is what a funk looks like.
Golden State squandered a 16-point lead Saturday, their largest blown-lead of the season, and lost a winnable game to struggling Philadelphia. The Warriors have now lost four straight and 10 of their last 13, and they headed home from a five-game trip with one ugly win to show for it.
They are now six games over .500 for the first time since they were 13-7. Once eying the No. 4 seed, they are just a game ahead of No. 8 Houston. And the most concerning part? They don't seem to know how to turn it around.
"I don't necessarily know what it is," Jack said after missing 10 of his 13 shots and committing four turnovers. "I just know we haven't been able to put together a 48-minute game for a while now. That's the thing we've been hanging our hat on early. If we want to get back to the winning side of things, that's what we've got to do."
The three previous losses on the trip were respectable. There was no shame in losing at Indiana, one of the best teams in the East. And the New York loss was acceptable considering the Warriors had to play without suspended All-Star forward David Lee. Even without point guard Rajon Rondo, Boston is formidable at home, and the Celtics are in a fight for postseason positioning.
But the Sixers? They were struggling, having lost eight of their last nine. They were about a .500 team at home and down to their third-string shooting guard with Jason Richardson (knee surgery) and Nick Young (ankle sprain) out of the lineup.
Against Golden State, however, Philadelphia looked like a force to be reckoned with.
The Sixers came into the game averaging 91.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Saturday, they dropped 104 points on 51.8 percent shooting.
"We got away from who we are," coach Mark Jackson said. "We were careless. We turned the basketball over. We didn't defend at the same level. They scored 31 in the second quarter and 31 in the third quarter. They got it going after we were up 45-31. We made mistakes, let go of the rope, and we paid the price because any team in this league, when you don't put them away and allow them to gain some life, you're dealing with a different animal."
The game was tied at 94 after Klay Thompson set up Lee for a dunk at the 3:40 mark of the fourth quarter. From that point on, Philadelphia made every play.
Evan Turner slipped a pass to Thaddeus Young for a dunk to put the Sixers up. The Warriors followed with a missed jumper by Jack and a bricked 3-pointer by Stephen Curry.
Turner splashed home a turnaround jumper to put Philadelphia up four.
Golden State, needing a bucket, went to Lee. But his turnaround bank shot rimmed out. At the 2:03 mark, Turner drilled a step-back jumper to put the Warriors down 100-94.
Thompson kept the Warriors within reach with a 3-pointer, his career-high seventh, to cut the deficit to three. Golden State followed with back-to-back stops, but they only resulted in a missed Jack jumper and a Curry turnover.
Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday iced the game with a pull-up jumper, two of his 27 points. He added another layup for good measure.
"We just couldn't get any stops," Curry said after 30 points, eight assists, three steals and four turnovers. "In the fourth quarter, they probably scored six straight possessions ... The crowd gets back into it, all sorts of momentum comes their way. You feel like you're climbing up hill a little bit. It's only a two or four-point game, but every time they score it just deflates you a little bit."
So how can the Warriors reinflate? That's an answer they've been grappling with for weeks. Perhaps the remedy comes with the seven-game homestand that begins Monday.
The Warriors get 16 of their last 22 at home, and they've been trying to hang on to get to that favorable part of the schedule. But what was once a luxury is now a necessity. Perhaps the Warriors' last hope is that home will turn things around.
"(Home) could be the cure," Jack said. "Regardless of where we're playing, nobody is going to allow us to walk into a victory. We've got to go out there and take it. That's not going to change unless we decide to change it."
"The past few games, I just haven't been able to get it going for whatever reason," Jack said. "The only way to get out of it is to shoot your way out of it and stay aggressive. That's what I'm trying to do. ... You know what you're capable of and you know the contributions you've been able to give the team. To have a bump in the road like this, it's just frustrating."