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News » Healthy Warriors hurt by poor play

Healthy Warriors hurt by poor play

Healthy Warriors hurt by poor play
The euphoria of finally having the Warriors' core together lasted for all of six minutes, roughly the time it took for their isolation shots to stop falling and their collective defense to begin failing.

Golden State's return to relative health thus ended with an embarrassing 117-93 loss to the Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

Warriors coach Don Nelson had always insisted that Monta Ellis' re-integration would take some time, and his team proved on Wednesday just how far it has to go.

Back on national television for the first time in more than a month, the Warriors ran out to a deceptive 19-12 lead midway through the first quarter behind Stephen Jackson, who made his first five shot attempts while forcing Dirk Nowitzki into three misses to start the game.

But Jackson's scoring spree set the tone for a night of one-on-one play, and with Ellis and Jamal Crawford unable to hit jumpers or finish their drives, Golden State's play quickly disintegrated.

Golden State was outscored 32-11 to end the first half and trailed by as many as 30 points in Wednesday's route.

For the first time this season, Ellis and Crawford started in the backcourt together, and the result was ugly. They combined for just 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting while racking up more turnovers six than assists four.

That left Jackson and Corey Maggette to carry the offensive load, and though the pair scored 46 points and got to the foul line repeatedly, their output wasn't nearly enough against the balanced Mavs.

Sixth man Jason Terry scored 22 points to lead six Mavs in double digits while ex-Warrior Erick Dampier and reserve Brandon Bass both posted double-doubles.

Golden State had thrived on sharp shooting recently, firing in a higher percentage than its opponents in 11 straight games. Part of that was being home at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors just completed a seven-game home stand with a 4-3 record, and part of that was better shots created by ball movement.

Neither of those were in play against the Mavs.

Ellis looked helpless and frustrated on both ends of the court in his third game back, which included a scare when he bumped knees with a Mavs defender in the first quarter. He immediately winced in pain before signaling to come out of the game, but checked back in minutes later.

The Mavs never trailed after erasing the Warriors' first-quarter lead, and both teams emptied their benches in the fourth quarter with the game long since in garbage time.

NUMBERS GAME Win in 10 games against the Midwest Division. The Warriors beat the Thunder 112-102 on Dec. 8Straight games the Warriors had outshot their opponents prior to WednesdayLosses in 25 road games this season

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