Monta Ellis missed Saturday's game because he was in Jackson, Miss., attending his grandmother's funeral.
Apparently, he took the Warriors' offense with him.
Golden State scored a grand total of 29 points in the second and third quarters Saturday, turning a close game into an embarrassing 107-79 loss to the visiting Philadelphia 76ers. Even with point guard Stephen Curry back in the lineup despite a sprained right ankle, the Warriors shot just 38.2 percent.
"It's not like he's just a replaceable guy like that," Curry said. "That's why he's Monta Ellis. You've got to find different ways to score. ... They just weren't falling tonight. On top of that, if you don't get stops, then things start going downhill really fast."
The Warriors certainly weren't getting many stops.
Philadelphia reserves Louis Williams and Thaddeus Young combined for 41 points on 14-for-23 shooting, fueling a Sixers transition game that more than doubled Golden State in fast-break points. They simply blew past the Warriors, and center Spencer Hawes spread the Warriors out with his midrange jumper, finishing with 14 points on 7-for-9 shooting, with 12 rebounds.
Philadelphia made 11 of its 20 3-point attempts, spread 29 assists over 10 players and shot 49.4 percent from the field.
"We really felt if we forced them to play half-court basketball, we were comfortable with our half-court defense," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "This is a team that
Ellis is expected to join the team in Phoenix, where Monday the Warriors start a three-game trip. Ellis' presence, as well as his 21 points and 7.7 assists per game, were sorely missed Saturday.
Curry, wearing his new shoes for better ankle support, decided before the game to play and finished with 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting. But 10 of those came in the first quarter, which forced the Sixers defense to gear up to contain him. Golden State got little offense from elsewhere.
Forward David Lee needed 24 shots to get 19 points. Forward Dorell Wright totaled four points on 2-for-10 shooting. Golden State's three highest bench scorers -- Brandon Rush, Ish Smith and Ekpe Udoh -- totaled 20 points on 8-for-27 shooting.
Jackson tried multiple combinations. He went 10 deep, with five reserves playing at least 15 minutes. Nothing worked.
Oddly enough, it was Philadelphia that was completing a back-to-back set, winding down a long trip. But it was the Warriors, at home and on two days' rest, who didn't bring the necessary energy.
As a result, Golden State (2-2) missed a prime opportunity to win its season-opening, four-game homestand.
"They looked like the team that had two nights off," Jackson said of the 76ers. "As a former player in this league, that happens. That does not mean you accept it."
Golden State started fine, taking a 20-7 advantage midway through the first quarter and entered the second quarter up by six. Then things fell apart.
It took the Sixers a minute and a half to tie the score at 25. Philadelphia then closed the second quarter with a 19-9 run to take a 50-42 halftime lead.
Jackson's halftime speech didn't work this time. Golden State missed its first five shots of the third quarter, and Philadelphia's lead ballooned to 63-43 after a Jrue Holiday dunk at the 8:25 mark of the third quarter. Golden State managed just 12 third-quarter points.
The Warriors didn't put up much of a fight after that.
"You never want to take a step back," Wright said. "Our thing is to change the culture of Warriors basketball. We just don't want to outscore people anymore. ... We've got to be up for every game, not just big games."
"(He's) a player I believe in, and he's going to be a heck of a player in this league," Jackson said before the game. "It's important to take advantage of the opportunities when you get them. He's worked his tail off, and I have no doubts he'll be ready to go."
Thompson sure looked ready to go. He knocked down his first attempt of the night -- an open 3-pointer from the right wing midway through the first quarter. Moments later, he led a fast break, setting up Smith for a floater.
But his quick start didn't lead to the breakout game that Jackson said Thompson was due. Thompson played 26 minutes, finishing with three points and three assists.
"Playing in spurts, that's probably the toughest adjustment," said Thompson, adding he's glad Jackson has confidence in him. "I figure if I keep my head on right, keep working, I'll be fine."
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