Add exhausted to embarrassed.
The Warriors don't like the way their play is being defined on this road trip, and they're only halfway through it.
A night after being embarrassed in Houston, an exhausted Warriors squad was run out of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 119-98, by the always-electric Thunder on Wednesday night.
"That was inexcusable, especially after what happened (Tuesday) night," Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson said. ... "Our defense has been horrible the past two games. It was awful, but we've got a day to fine-tune some things."
With images of the Rockets' NBA-record-tying 23 three-pointers still fresh in their minds, the Warriors flew into Tulsa early Wednesday because of fog in Oklahoma City. They took 1 1/2-hour taxi rides and arrived at their hotels after 4 a.m.
At times, it appeared as though they slept right through their game in Oklahoma City.
The Warriors trailed 53-31 midway through the second quarter and weren't able to close the Thunder's lead to single digits. Twice the Warriors trimmed the deficit to 11 in the third quarter, but the Thunder opened the fourth-quarter with a 16-4 sleeping pill of a run.
"You can't let (being tired) become a crutch for you. You have to try to overcome it as much as possible," Warriors point guard Stephen Curry said. "Granted, we played good offensive teams, but we have to find ways to stop them.
"We can't just come in here thinking that it's going to take care of itself. We have to really step up to challenge and force the issue on the defensive end if we're going to try to right the ship."
Oklahoma City shot 50.5 percent from the floor in piling up three quarters with at least 29 points, 64 points in the paint and 29 points off turnovers.
Kevin Durant led the way for Oklahoma City (37-12), which had split its past eight games. He recorded 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 31 scrimmage-like minutes; Russell Westbrook had 22 points, five assists and four steals; and Serge Ibaka added 15 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots.
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Weary Warriors routed in Oklahoma City
San Francisco Chronicle | Feb 7