SALT LAKE CITY — A vehement Steve Kerr pronounced “hearts weren’t in it” after a Golden State Warriors suffered their misfortune improved of a season, a 129-99 detriment to a Utah Jazz on Tuesday night during Vivint Smart Home Arena.
“I saw one group get their donkey kicked,” pronounced a Golden State conduct coach. “That’s what we saw.”
The Warriors were outscored in each entertain and managed usually 14 points in a final frame.
Defensively, they struggled to stay mentally engaged. Utah (22-28) shot 58 percent from a field. Jazz brazen Joe Ingles went for 20 points and was 6-for-8 from downtown. Kevin Durant regularly mislaid Ingles, and it cost his team. Utah’s Ricky Rubio finished with 23 points and 11 assists, while rookie ensure Donovan Mitchell combined 20 points.
“I consider a guys will tell we that was a pitiable bid out there,” Kerr said. “That was outrageous basketball.
“We usually didn’t start out a diversion with any force defensively. We weren’t staying into bodies, they were usually interlude behind screens, we were idle on a switches. We played with no clarity of urgency, no clarity of purpose, and they’re apparently fighting for a playoffs.”
The Jazz are 3½ games behind for a eighth and final seed in a Western Conference standings.
Durant, who purebred 17 points on 5-of-13 shooting, owned adult to his mental blunders.
“I can’t let Joe Ingles get lax on 3s like that and design us to play good on a road, generally in here,” he said. “I got to start off a diversion improved if we wish to win games.”
Excluding their contributions, a Warriors shot 33 percent for a dusk on 20-of-60 from a field.
The Warriors were 5-for-25 from over a arc, equating to 20 percent shooting. It was their second-worst symbol of a season. They shot 11 percent from 3 (3-of-27) in a detriment to a Denver Nuggets on Dec. 23.
“I asked Draymond [Green] on a dais in a fourth entertain if he could remember that bad of a opening that we’ve had in new memory, and we unequivocally can’t,” pronounced Stephen Curry, who had 14 points on 4-of-13 shooting. “You can’t usually uncover up, generally on a road, and design to win. That’s kind of intrigue a game.”
Golden State (40-11) also weakly coughed a round adult 20 times, ensuing in 18 points for a home team.
“We work tough to spin a round over in artistic ways,” Kerr said. “And we suspicion we were unequivocally good during branch a round over tonight.”
The Warriors were down by 18 points entering a fourth quarter.
Sacramento Kings on Thursday, followed by a Nuggets on Saturday.
With all a miscues and good-for-nothing plays, there was agreement within a group that one finish of a justice valid to be a problem Tuesday night.
“We didn’t have any aggressiveness on a defensive finish to start a game,” Curry said. “They apparently done shots and done plays, though we didn’t do anything to kind of delayed them down, delayed their certainty down in a initial quarter. … The emanate tonight was defense.”