Warriors look to stop prolonged Oklahoma City skid

Warriors look to stop prolonged Oklahoma City skid
February 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

The Warriors and Thunder have split their two game this year. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

INSIDE THE MATCHUP

- Golden State and Oklahoma City have split their two meetings so far in 2012-13, with each team winning on its home court. The Warriors' 104-99 victory on January 23 snapped their five-game skid in this series.

- Oklahoma City has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games (WLWLWLWLW). The Thunder are looking for their first two-game win streak since January 16-18.

- The Warriors saw their four-game win streak snapped by a 140-109 loss to Houston on Tuesday. The 140 points are tied for the most allowed by any team this season; Toronto lost to Utah 140-133 on November 12, but that contest was a triple-overtime one, while the Warriors-Rockets game ended in regulation.

- David Lee has 31 double-doubles this year, four more than he had for the entire 2011-12 season. His streak of five straight games with a double-double was snapped when he had 18 points and seven rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets.

- Russell Westbrook had 30 points, seven assists and five steals in the Thunder's home victory over Golden State on November 18. It is still the only 30+/5+/5+ game of his career.

- Kevin Durant had 19 points in Monday's win over the Mavericks. That snapped his streak of 23 straight games with at least 20 points.

Programming note: Warriors-Thunder coverage starts on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live. Be sure to stick around after the final horn for Warriors Postgame Live!

After allowing a NBA-record tying 23 three-pointers Tuesday in a 140-109 loss at Houston, Golden State doesn’t get much time to figure out what went wrong.

The Warriors complete the first of two back-to-backs on their current four-game, five-day road trip Wednesday at Oklahoma City, where they’ve lost their last seven games.

“By no means are we going to accept giving up that many points and giving up open threes and transition shots,” coach Mark Jackson said. “That’s not the message. We’re disappointed in that and we’re going to get better with that.”

Playing Oklahoma City isn’t exactly the recipe for shoring up a struggling defense. The Thunder (36-12) leads the NBA in scoring (105.9 ppg) and features the NBA’s leading scorer, Kevin Durant (29.4).

Golden State will be without center Andrew Bogut, who will continue to sit at least one game of back-to-backs until at least the All-Star break. Jackson elected to play Bogut against Houston instead and is expected to play him Friday at Memphis before sitting the following night at Dallas.

When Golden State beat Oklahoma City 104-99 at home on Jan. 23, Bogut had yet to make his return to the lineup. Festus Ezeli started and played 23 minutes in the game, finishing with four rebounds and a pair of blocks, but without a field goal. Six days later against Cleveland -- a day after Bogut made his return -- Jackson started Andris Biedrins at center, but played him just 11 minutes.

The Warriors (30-18) dropped to No. 6 in the Western Conference playoff picture  Tuesday following their loss to the Rockets. They sit a half-game behind both Memphis (30-17) and Denver (31-18).

By its standards, Oklahoma City has been struggling over the past two weeks. The Thunder are just 4-4 over their last eight games, which is Oklahoma City's worst eight-game stretch of the season. The Thunder beat Dallas 112-91 at home on Monday, but haven’t won consecutive games since a six-game winning streak culminated on Jan. 18.

Matchup to watch: Stephen Curry vs. Russell Westbrook

The last time these teams met, it was Stephen Curry that looked like the All-Star as he outplayed Russell Westbrook in a Warriors win. Curry (31 points) struggled from behind the arc, hitting just 3-of-14 three-point attempts, but Westbrook (10 points) was 0-for-5 from deep and just 3-of-16 from the field. Westbrook’s 10 points matched a season-low and he's only scored fewer points in three games a year ago.

From the Twittersphere

The Warriors didn’t arrive in Oklahoma City until about 4:30 a.m. CT, Wednesday morning, according to a tweet by Stephen Curry.

 

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