Instant Replay: Bobcats embarrass Warriors

Instant Replay: Bobcats embarrass Warriors
February 4, 2014, 9:45 pm
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The Warriors shot 31.2 percent, while the Bobcats shot 47.4 in a game that never really sizzled. (USATI)

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OAKLAND – They missed layups and 5-foot jumpers. They threw passes into the stands. And they weren't much in the mood to play defense, either.

The Warriors on Tuesday slumbered through their worst performance of this deliriously maddening season, taking a 91-75 loss to the Bobcats before a disgruntled sellout crowd at Oracle Arena.

The 75-point output is the lowest of the season for Golden State.

The Bobcats – the Bobcats – sweep the two-game season series with the Warriors.

Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 17 points, while Klay Thompson added 12. The next highest Warriors scorer was Jermaine O'Neal, who came off the bench after missing two months to put in nine.

But fans started trickling toward the exits at the end of the third quarter, and midway through the fourth the place was half-empty. Warriors fans tend to be fiercely loyal, but not to what they witnessed on this night.

The Warriors (29-20) are playoff contenders. The Bobcats (22-28) arrived in Oakland seven games below .500. The Warriors shot 31.2 percent, while the Bobcats shot 47.4 in a game that never really sizzled.

Charlotte was led by center Al Jefferson's 30 points and 13 rebounds. Gerald Henderson added 17 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

STANDOUT PERFORMER: No Warrior stood out. The closest was Curry, shot 8 for 18 and added 11 assists to his points total. Andrew Bogut grabbed 15 rebounds when he wasn't attempting to defend Jefferson.

TURNING POINT: After a 13-point first quarter, the Warriors cut the margin to 7 (30-23) midway through the second quarter. Charlotte responded with an 18-7 run for a 48-31 lead 1:57 before halftime. The Warriors spent the rest of the game down double digits.

INJURY UPDATE: C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring) are out indefinitely.

ROSTER NOTE: C Ognjen Kuzmic is on assignment with the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Warriors on Thursday play host to the Bulls at Oracle Arena. Though the Warriors have won 11 of the last 14 games in Oakland, Chicago swept (2-0) the Warriors last season and has won seven of the last 10 meetings overall.