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After allowing a NBA-record tying 23 three-pointers Tuesday in a 140-109 loss at Houston, Golden State doesn’t get much time to figure out what went wrong.
The Warriors complete the first of two back-to-backs on their current four-game, five-day road trip Wednesday at Oklahoma City, where they’ve lost their last seven games.
“By no means are we going to accept giving up that many points and giving up open threes and transition shots,” coach Mark Jackson said. “That’s not the message. We’re disappointed in that and we’re going to get better with that.”
Playing Oklahoma City isn’t exactly the recipe for shoring up a struggling defense. The Thunder (36-12) leads the NBA in scoring (105.9 ppg) and features the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant (29.4).
Golden State will be without center Andrew Bogut, who will continue to sit at least one game of back-to-backs until at least the All-Star break. Jackson elected to play Bogut against Houston instead and is expected to play him Friday at Memphis before sitting the following night at Dallas.
When Golden State beat Oklahoma City 104-99 at home on Jan. 23, Bogut had yet to make his return to the lineup. Festus Ezeli started and played 23 minutes in the game, finishing with four rebounds and a pair of blocks, but without a field goal. Six days later against Cleveland -- a day after Bogut made his return -- Jackson started Andris Biedrins at center, but played him just 11 minutes.
The Warriors (30-18) dropped to No. 6 in the Western Conference playoff picture Tuesday following their loss to the Rockets. They sit a half-game behind both Memphis (30-17) and Denver (31-18).
By its standards, Oklahoma City has been struggling over the past two weeks. The Thunder are just 4-4 over their last eight games, which is Oklahoma City's worst eight-game stretch of the season. The Thunder beat Dallas 112-91 at home on Monday, but haven’t won consecutive games since a six-game winning streak culminated on Jan. 18.
Matchup to watch: Stephen Curry vs. Russell Westbrook
The last time these teams met, it was Stephen Curry that looked like the All-Star as he outplayed Russell Westbrook in a Warriors win. Curry (31 points) struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 3-of-14 three-point attempts, but Westbrook (10 points) was 0-for-5 from deep and just 3-of-16 from the field. Westbrook’s 10 points matched a season-low and he's only scored fewer points in three games a year ago.
From the Twittersphere
The Warriors didn’t arrive in Oklahoma City until about 4:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday morning, according to a tweet by Stephen Curry.