Durant: Nothing odd about Warriors' 35-point loss
Kevin Durant insisted it was not time to press the panic button after the Golden State Warriors were beaten heavily by the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.
With two-time MVP Stephen Curry rested, the back-to-back NBA champions suffered their biggest loss since 2007 by going down 126-91 to the Mavs, who are second bottom of the Western Conference standings.
Steve Kerr's team have been on the wrong end of other heavy defeats at home this term too, losing 128-95 to the Boston Celtics earlier this month and being beaten by at least 20 points in games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks earlier in the campaign.
However, with the Warriors still second in the Western Conference standings and bound for the playoffs, Durant saw no reason to dissect the latest reverse in any great detail.
"It's not odd at all," he told reporters.
"I think everybody in the locker room has gotten their a**** beat at home before.
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DeMarcus - 19p/6r/3a
Kevon - 12p/3r
Klay - 8p/2r
Quinn - 7p/7a/6r
Draymond - 6p/3r/2a
Alfonzo - 5p/2r
Damion - 4p/2r
Jacob - 4r
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"I know this experience is different, how much winning we've done the last few years. But we're still in the NBA - guys have been a part of terrible games, along with great games as well.
"The good thing about it, we play tomorrow night [Sunday] too."
The Warriors made just 13.3 per cent of their shots from beyond the arc, where they are typically so efficient.
Three-time All Star Draymond Green thought his team struggled to get motivated to face such a lowly opponent.
"I don't know...we just got punched," he said.
"You kind of sensed the energy wasn't there. That's kind of normal in a game like that. I didn't really sense we'd lose by 40 [they lost by 35].
"Sometimes you have games where playing against that team isn't going to get you up. You got to find the energy somewhere else. We didn't.
"It is weird. Games you're supposed to win at home, you expect to win them. We've had quite a few let-downs this year."