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Warriors not ready to panic despite season-high four-game losing skid
Golden State (30-21) is on a season-high four-game losing streak, with each of the losses coming in the last five nights and all on the road. The latest was a 116-91 pasting Saturday night at Dallas.
The Warriors, who lost Friday night at Memphis, return home Tuesday to face Houston in their final game before the All-Star break.
"We have no panic, but it's very frustrating," David Lee said. "Not only losing four games in a row, but the manner in which we lost them. Every team goes through the up and downs during the season. The key for us is to figure it out sooner rather than later and have a good last game before the All-Star break."
Warriors coach Mark Jackson refused to pin the loss on tired legs.
"We got outplayed," he said. "They got it going, and another disappointing loss. I won't give any credit to fatigue, that has nothing to do with it."
The Mavericks had the game well in hand by the end of the first quarter. A quick 20-10 lead ballooned to 30-16 at the end of 12 minutes behind 13 points from Darren Collison. And it only got worse from there for Golden State.
"We really got off to a good start," Collison said. "We knew Golden State was coming off of a back to back, we knew we needed to jump out on them, and that's what we did."
Dallas went into the halftime up 62-36. Stephen Curry epitomized the Warriors' struggles, making just 3 of 15 shots from the field in the first half. David Lee did have 10 points as Golden State limped into the locker room.
Curry finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Carl Landry scored 13 for the Warriors, who had won the previous two meetings against Dallas this season, but neither game was decided by more than four points.
Jackson sounded more than ready to get back to Oakland.
"We're fine. There's no panic," he said. "We lost another game, we didn't play well, we made mistakes, we did not put together 48 minutes of basketball, but there's going to be no panic. We're going to regroup and be preparing for the next one."