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News » Golden State checks out early

Golden State checks out early

Golden State checks out earlyBefore Monday's game against Philadelphia, acting head coach Keith Smart said there was no way the Warriors would treat the tail end of their nine-day, five-game road trip like a getaway day.

He must not have known his players were already long gone.

The Warriors were lifeless and lackadaisical in allowing the 76ers to break a 12-game losing streak with a 117-101 blowout in front of 12,795 at the Wachovia Center.

"I thought we competed in every game except this one," Smart said. "We had an entire half of bad ball on both sides of the court. You don't get any rewards for almost doing well.

"It's very disappointing."

In the first quarter, Mikki Moore raced back in attempting to stop a transition basket while the rest of his teammates sulked on the other end of the court. In the second quarter, the Warriors stood on defense while Philadelphia made 10 consecutive field goals during a six-minute stretch.

In the third quarter, the Warriors used halfhearted box-outs as Philadelphia got three offensive rebounds on a single possession. In the fourth quarter, it took the Warriors seven seconds to walk back from half court to inbound a ball after a Jrue Holiday breakaway dunk.

"The last game of a long road trip is the toughest game," 11th-year forward Devean George said. "Everyone is ready to get back home, tired of traveling, sick of staying in hotels.

"Mentally, you have to be strong, because you can let it get away from you early. Your mind starts drifting, and there goes the game."

It was a game full of slapdash moments for the Warriors , who head back to the Bay Area with more questions than when they started the trip.

They don't know who will consistently help Monta Ellis. They don't know who can make plays to close games. And they don't know if the approaching returns of Andris Biedrins groin/abdomen and Ronny Turiaf knee will make any difference.

One thing they do know: If they play like they did Monday, none of it will matter.

Corey Maggette scored a team-high 24 points, including going 13-for-15 from the free-throw line, and Anthony Randolph had 15 points and 11 rebounds. But Ellis and Stephen Curry combined for 22 points on 8-for-27 shooting, and the Warriors scored a season-low 11 points on 3-for-17 shooting in the third quarter.

The Warriors had the perfect equation for losing for the seventh time in their last eight games. They allowed the 76ers to shoot nearly 50 percent; were outrebounded 59-26, including giving up 25 offensive rebounds; and committed 20 turnovers for 21 points.

"Philadelphia was a hungry team, a team that had its back against the wall," Smart said. "They really wanted to get this game, and we didn't match that."

Getting better Acting coach Keith Smart joked Monday that he was carrying his cell phone, in case Don Nelson had any suggestions during the game against Philadelphia. Nelson is feeling that good, according to the , and is on pace to reclaim the reins when the return home for Wednesday's game against San Antonio. He has been dealing with pneumonia since Nov. 23. "He sounds good and he's feeling good," Smart said. "He's beyond all of that other stuff now. He's just excited about getting back into it. He can go through the course of the day without getting fatigued or tired."Getting better Up next Who: vs. Spurs 12-9

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

TV/Radio: CSNBA/680

Of note: San Antonio has won the season series 10 of the last 12 times, and the Spurs hold a 1-0 advantage this season after last month's 118-104 victory in Texas.

Getting better Opening tip: When asked about Anthony Morrow's shooting woes, Vladimir Radmanovic said, "Maybe he's sitting next to me too much." Radmanovic made only 11 of 40 shots during the first four games of the trip, and Morrow was 6-for-25 during the stretch.

- Rusty Simmons

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