Acting head coach Keith Smart said the Warriors played like "we were star-struck," an analysis forward Corey Maggette seconded.
The franchise player, guard Monta Ellis, called it "a sloppy game all around," and rookie guard Stephen Curry summed up Saturday's game with three words: "They bullied us."
After five games of encouraging basketball against top-flight opponents, the Warriors came crashing hard back to earth with a 130-97 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena. And the Lakers did it without a dominant performance from Kobe Bryant.
"We came off two great games on the road," Ellis said, "and come home to our fans (and force them) to watch this? Nobody played well tonight."
Saturday's debacle at the hands of the defending champions completed a six-game stretch against some of the best teams in the NBA. The Warriors (5-10) had encouraging showings in losses at Cleveland and Boston before beating visiting Portland and winning at Dallas. They hung close until late in a loss at San Antonio, giving them five consecutive games of positive play.
But against the Lakers (12-3), they disappeared.
The Warriors shot 39.1 percent from the field, including 4-for-17 from 3-point range and trailed by as many as 34 points. Ellis had his streak of 30-point games snapped at three, finishing with a team-high 18 points on 8-for-19 shooting.
The Warriors defense struggled even more than its offense. The Lakers set a season-high
"We played a very bad game," Smart said. "We never got into the game. We didn't show our fans how we are able to play and have been playing. We didn't get up and do anything defensively. ... We got stuck with the ball. We got selfish and, with this team, you can't keep the ball on one side of the floor."
Los Angeles' depth hurt the Warriors, as did its execution and size. The Lakers got 22 points and 12 rebounds from Pau Gasol, 19 points from Ron Artest and 17 points off the bench from Shannon Brown. They also had 30 assists on 51 made baskets.
The Warriors hung close with the Lakers until Bryant checked out of the game with his second foul early in the first quarter. The Warriors trailed 17-14 at the time, but Los Angeles closed the half with a 19-8 run to seize control. The Warriors trailed 36-22 after one quarter despite Bryant not taking a shot.
The Warriors managed to cut the Lakers' lead to 60-50 at the half but followed that with another subpar performance in the third quarter. Golden State was outscored 38-25 as the Lakers made 15 of 24 from the field. Artest had 10 points in the quarter, Derek Fisher had nine and Bryant had eight.
Meanwhile, the Warriors turned over the ball six times and missed 10 long jumpers in the quarter.
A 24-8 Lakers' run midway through the quarter put the game away. The Lakers scored 14 points in the paint, getting 10 points from Artest during the run.
"What hurts the most," Maggette said after totaling 17 points and six rebounds, "is that it was in front of our fans."