ORLANDO, Fla. — Other than the fact that it came to an end, there wasn't much positive to take from the Warriors' 117-90 loss to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
Not even the team's new mantra about playing together, working hard, yada, yada, was enough to smooth the edges of the unadulterated shellacking Golden State received from the Magic. Orlando, which got 28 points and 12 rebounds from center Dwight Howard, never trailed and led by as much as 30 points.
But if you're reaching for something, there was this: Warriors guard Anthony Morrow started knocking down 3-pointers again.
He was 3-for-6 from 3-point range. Entering the game, Morrow was 4-for-21 (19 percent) from 3-point range his past two contests. He missed several good looks, too, including one in Tuesday's loss to Miami that would've put the Warriors ahead in the final seconds.
So un-Morrow like.
"At the beginning of last year, nobody cared if I made or missed any 3s," said Morrow, who is shooting 44 percent from 3-point range this season. "So it's a blessing to have that kind of reputation in the league. ... I'm not worried about percentages, I know most of my shots are going to fall."
Morrow finished with 16 points in 40 minutes. Certainly, it wasn't enough to offset the pounding the Warriors took inside — they were doubled up on the boards and on points in the paint. Nor did they come when the Warriors needed them most, during scoring droughts
But getting Morrow back in rhythm was much needed for the Warriors offense for the next 22 games and for Morrow's confidence. His growth as a player has been one of the positives from a season ravaged by injuries. A temperamental guy already, Morrow could hardly afford something to mess with his head right now.
"It's not that he's not playing well," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "He just (hadn't) made the shots we expect him to make."
It seemed no Warrior was making shots for long stretches Wednesday.
The Warriors, who trailed 32-22 after the first quarter, had Orlando's lead down to 42-38 midway through the second quarter after a dunk by center Ronny Turiaf, who finished with 13 points on 6-for-10 shooting.
But over the next six minutes, the Magic outscored the Warriors 20-3. The Magic's spurt was mostly fueled by the Warriors' offensive futility.
During the stretch, the Warriors went 1-for-9 — the one being a three-point play by Turiaf — and turned the ball over three times. Golden State trailed 64-45 at the half.
"We actually have been running on empty for a while but have disguised it pretty well," Nelson said. "It was a matter of time before they put together a big run."
The Warriors need Morrow's scoring ability to keep teams from pulling away. Especially on a road trip featuring five playoff contenders, and with the Warriors missing 46 points from the lineup with injuries to guard Monta Ellis and forward Corey Maggette. The Warriors need Morrow to make shots. Especially his 3-pointers.
"Nothing's wrong with him," said rookie guard Stephen Curry, who struggled to the tune of nine points on 3-for-12 shooting with seven assists and five turnovers. "You play 82 games. Everybody goes through little slumps. I'm not worried about it. If this continued for the next two or three games, then you'd start to worry."
Notes: NBA Development League call-up Reggie Williams finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench. For the second consecutive game, Williams — a scoring machine in the D-League — impressed with his passing. "Just trying to be a team player," Williams said. "I want people to think that I'm not just a scorer. I want that to be part of my game, scoring, of course. But I can do other things." ... Forward Vladimir Radmanovic joined the team on the road trip. He isn't playing, but he came to rehab his sore right Achilles with the training staff.
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