PHILADELPHIA — Looking on the bright side, guard Monta Ellis got some much-needed rest.
The Warriors got shellacked Monday night by the Philadelphia 76ers 117-101. But Ellis, the league leader in minutes per game, logged just 29 minutes, 13 seconds — snapping a streak of six games with at least 43 minutes.
That's about all the good news for the Warriors coming out of the Wachovia Center.
Ellis scored a season-low eight points on 3-for-14 shooting, serving as a microcosm for the Warriors' abysmal play. Golden State shot 44.1 percent from the field and managed just 18 assists. Meanwhile, the 76ers, who snapped a 12-game losing streak, shot 49.5 percent and out-rebounded the Warriors by 33.
It was an end to a Warriors trip that didn't match their scrappy, competitive play the first four games. The Warriors weren't scheduled to leave Philadelphia until this morning, but they played as if they had already checked out of their hotel.
As a result, the Warriors finish the roadie 1-4 and head into Wednesday's home game against San Antonio having lost seven of eight and dropping to 7-17 overall. Only 4-21 Minnesota has a worse record in the Western Conference.
"I thought we competed in every game except this one," said assistant coach Keith Smart, who served as head coach during the five-game trip while Don Nelson remained in the Bay Area recovering from pneumonia. "Up until this game, we probably had three to five minutes where we had bad play. Whereas (Monday) we had the entire first half of bad play on both sides of the ball."
Before the game, Smart said Monday's contest was important because the Warriors could finish with a 2-3 trip knowing that two of the losses — at Chicago and Detroit — were games they should've won. That would've been a nice reward for the hard work they've put in and given them some feel-good headed into the Spurs game.
But the Warriors didn't play as if the game were important. Instead, they played as if the blown chances against the Bulls and Pistons — coupled with the light at the end of a 10-day, five-game tunnel — had sucked the fight out of them.
"Yeah, it's been a tough road trip," forward Corey Maggette said after totaling 24 points but committing six turnovers. "We had been playing pretty hard, and we did some good things. (Monday) was not a good effort."
The Warriors trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half. Golden State was out-rebounded 28-16 in the first 24 minutes. Philadelphia's 12 offensive rebounds led to 14 second-chance points, and the 76ers outscored the Warriors 10-6 on the break.
The Warriors' eight turnovers helped the 76ers get 13 more shots than Golden State in the half. And at a 55.6 percent clip, that led to Philadelphia's season-high for points in a half. Golden State trailed 71-57 at the break.
The Warriors had another dismal third quarter, turning the game into a laugher. Golden State shot 3-for-17 in the quarter with seven turnovers en route to a season-low 11 points. Ellis played just five minutes of the third quarter before he was done for the evening.
"We'll all be glad to get home," Smart said, "but you still want to play as well as you can on the road, and unfortunately we didn't manage to do that on this trip. We managed to get one win when we could have possibly had three."
Wednesday, vs. Spurs, 7:30 p.m.