CHICAGO -- It happens.
That phrase was used multiple times by the Warriors in explaining how they lost 103-83 to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, marking one of their worst setbacks of the season.
Stephen Curry matched a season low with five points in an ugly 2-for-10 shooting performance, and the other Warriors didn't do much to stand out save for one dubious distinction.
No Golden State starter scored in double digits in a game for the first time in 15 years.
"We had one of those off nights that's a very forgettable one for us," said forward David Lee, who played from off the bench. "Everybody went out there with the mindset of giving the right effort. I think we just got outplayed at all five positions, both the starters and the bench. Unfortunately, you have those nights in the NBA.
"These things do happen."
The Warriors' four-game winning streak came to a grinding halt as Curry had as many turnovers (five) as points and assists while facing a Bulls defense that prevented open looks.
It didn't help the Warriors any that, with Curry struggling mightily, they were unable to match Chicago's intensity and physicality on a night when the Bulls were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Golden State was out-rebounded 56-41 and turned the ball over 16 times, including 12 giveaways in the first half.
Coach Mark Jackson bemoaned the 19 points off turnovers and 18 second-chance points Chicago scored.
"You've got to make sure you bounce back and respond," Jackson said.
"Bottom line is that individually and collectively we didn't have our best night. We own it, and we move forward."
The Bulls, who have won seven of their last eight games, were led by Taj Gibson's 21 points off the bench. The big lineup of Carlos Boozer (15 points and 13 rebounds) and Joakim Noah (eight points, 17 rebounds, seven assists) also had a huge impact.
Jordan Crawford led the Warriors with 16 points, as the bench outscored the starting unit while each of the starters spent the latter part of the fourth quarter on the bench. The last time no Golden State starters got double digits, Muggsy Bogues, Jason Caffey, Erick Dampier, Chris Mills and John Starks were in the lineup.
Lee, in his return to action after missing two games with the stomach flu, had 11 points and six rebounds off the bench. He didn't start in a game he played for the first time since 2008 after being hospitalized for about 36 hours to receive fluids and medication.
"It was almost a scary couple of days," Lee said. "Really I hadn't felt that bad at any point in my life. It was very, very bad."
The Warriors' play wasn't a pretty sight, either, only three weeks after blasting the Bulls at home.
Curry said he could accept missed shots but would review film to explain how he couldn't get open off pick-and-rolls. He was blanketed by Kirk Hinrich after having torched the Bulls for 34 points in a 102-87 win at Oracle Arena on Feb. 6. More than one Bulls player reported after Wednesday's game that they had frustrated the Warriors' star guard.
"It just wasn't our night from the beginning," said Curry, who was 1 for 5 from 3-point range." They just outplayed us from start to finish."
The Warriors, who lost their fifth straight game at the United Center, trailed by as many as 28 points and shot 35.7 percent. At one point in the first quarter leading by six, Golden State proceeded to watch Chicago go on a 22-5 run, and things went downhill from there.
"Tonight, we failed in many, many different aspects," said the Warriors' Jermaine O'Neal, who had nine points and five rebounds in his fifth straight start.
"When you get away from playing our style of basketball -- turning the ball over, taking quick shots -- then we don't give ourselves a great opportunity to win."
Warriors (35-23) at New York (21-36), 5 p.m. ESPN, CSNBA
Warriors sharpshooters Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 13 points Wednesday. Here's a look are their stats:
FGM-A 3PM-A Pts
Curry 2-10 1-5 5
Thompson 3-8 2-4 8