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This time, the Warriors can blame a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on themselves.

This time, they didn't have to deal with a raucous road crowd. This time, they couldn't chalk it up to the greatness of Thunder forward Kevin Durant.

This time, a 104-95 loss to Oklahoma City had more to do with the Warriors' own poor play than anything else. The Warriors shot just 42 percent and turned over the ball 23 times. The result was their eighth consecutive loss and their ninth loss in their past 10 home games.

"We just didn't look like a team tonight," coach Don Nelson said. "I had a lot of guys who didn't play well and all at the same time. When you turn the ball over 23 times in this league it makes it pretty hard to stay competitive."

The Warriors (13-36) had another dreadful third quarter, getting outscored 36-23. It was the 31st time this season they were outscored in the third quarter, and they've lost 28 of those games.

It was a quiet night for Warriors guard Monta Ellis, whose All-Star hopes were resurrected with the news that Portland guard Brandon Roy will skip the All-Star game. After sending a message to commissioner David Stern (who chooses the alternates) by scoring a career-high 46 at Dallas on Wednesday, Ellis managed 15 points on 6-for-22 shooting with six assists and seven turnovers.


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"That was probably the worst game we've played this season," Ellis said. "We turned the ball over. Couldn't make any shots. Didn't guard on the other end. They got whatever they wanted. Just a bad game all the way around. That really starts with me. I take full blame for everything. I've got to find a way to get us going at a time like that. (Saturday) I didn't do it."

Forward Corey Maggette led the Warriors with 24 points and six rebounds, and rookie guard Stephen Curry had 23 points.

Durant, who scored 45 on the Warriors a week ago, finished with 29 points and eight rebounds. But it was Thunder guard Russell Westbrook who really hurt the Warriors, finishing with 21 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and eight steals.

Westbrook had six assists in the third quarter as Oklahoma City pulled away. Durant, forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic combined for 30 in the quarter.

The Warriors trailed by four until a 3-pointer by swingman Coby Karl, who started Saturday and defended Durant, cut Oklahoma City's lead to 58-57 four minutes into the quarter.

But Krstic answered with a jump hook, and a Westbrook steal led to a Durant dunk. Ellis missed a driving layup, which led to a jumper by Krstic. Then a Green steal led to another Krstic jumper. Just like that, the Warriors were down 66-57.

Moments later, the Warriors were down 15 after consecutive 3-pointers by Green. They trailed 88-73 entering the fourth.

"Hopefully," Maggette said, "the next couple of games we can still play with some effort and come back from the All-Star break and try to give a fight. We need to fight. That's it."

THUNDER 104,
WARRIORS 95
NEXT GAME: Monday, vs. Mavericks, 7:30 p.m.