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BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: December 9, 2008 at 1:50 pm •  Published: December 9, 2008
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photo - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) loses the ball out of bounds in front of Brandan Wright (32) of Golden State as Oklahoma City's Jeff Green (22) and Damien Wilkins (21) look on in the second half during the NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, December 8, 2008. Golden State won, 112-102.  BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (0) loses the ball out of bounds in front of Brandan Wright (32) of Golden State as Oklahoma City's Jeff Green (22) and Damien Wilkins (21) look on in the second half during the NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, December 8, 2008. Golden State won, 112-102. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Scott Brooks walked into the Thunder’s locker room following his team’s 112-102 loss to the Golden State Warriors and delivered a simple message Oklahoma City fans can only hope rings loud and clear.

"He said when you don’t play the game right and you mess around with the game, the game will mess around with you back,” said Desmond Mason. "And that’s what happened tonight.”

Disregard Kevin Durant’s 41 points and 10 rebounds and the Thunder’s tantalizing but meaningless second-half rally. Monday’s defeat ranks atop a long laundry list of unacceptable losses, this one dropping the Thunder to 2-20 and putting Oklahoma City in a group with only two other teams in NBA history to have that mark through 22 games.

The Thunder never led and trailed by as many as 21. This against a Warriors team that entered the Ford Center losers of nine straight, playing without their best two players, Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette, and on the final leg of a three-game road trip.

"They’ve all been disappointing,” said Nick Collison, "but this is probably one of the most disappointing losses because this was a game we needed to get. Golden State came in here beat up. They’ve been struggling. To play without two of their best players, for us to let them get layup after layup like that is unacceptable.


WARRIORS 112, THUNDER 102

GOLDEN STATE

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 41-81 26-33 11-47 17 19 112
Azubuike 44:44 5-15 4-4 2-6 0 4 14
Wright 22:41 5-6 5-6 1-5 0 2 15
Biedrins 40:24 7-15 3-7 6-21 5 5 17
Morrow 25:08 4-12 5-6 2-5 1 0 15
Crawford 39:48 7-13 4-5 0-1 6 1 19
Belinelli 18:25 6-7 0-0 0-2 0 4 13
Turiaf 28:02 3-7 3-3 0-5 4 2 9
CWatson 20:48 4-6 2-2 0-2 1 1 10
Percentages: FG .506, FT .788. 3-Point Goals: 4-13, .308 (Morrow 2-5, Belinelli 1-1, Crawford 1-5, Azubuike 0-2). Team Rebounds: 8. Team Turnovers: 23 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Turiaf 4, Biedrins 2, Azubuike). Turnovers: 22 (Biedrins 6, Crawford 5, Azubuike 4, Belinelli 2, Turiaf 2, C.Watson 2, Morrow). Steals: 13 (Biedrins 3, Morrow 3, Belinelli 2, Crawford 2, Azubuike, C.Watson, Wright). Technical Fouls: Defensive three second, 4:24 first;Defensive three second, 8:12 second;Defensive three second, 4:39 third.

OKLAHOMA CITY

FG FT Reb
Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS
Totals 240:00 41-96 12-20 17-48 26 26 102
Durant 43:39 15-27 5-5 0-10 4 3 41
Green 36:03 4-13 1-4 1-4 3 4 9
Wilcox 26:27 4-9 0-0 4-8 0 2 8
Wilkins 23:38 4-9 0-0 2-4 3 2 10
Wstbrok 34:05 4-14 0-0 5-8 7 3 8
EWatson 25:55 1-4 1-2 0-0 7 4 3
Collison 23:05 6-10 3-5 3-10 2 5 15
Mason 22:57 2-7 2-4 2-3 0 3 6
Petro 4:11 1-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 2
Percentages: FG .427, FT .600. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Durant 6-10, Wilkins 2-3, Wilcox 0-1, E.Watson 0-2, Westbrook 0-2, Green 0-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 22 (24 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Durant 3, Collison 2, Green, Mason, Wilcox). Turnovers: 21 (Westbrook 6, Durant 4, Green 3, Mason 3, Wilcox 2, Petro, E.Watson, Wilkins). Steals: 7 (Green 2, Westbrook 2, Collison, Durant, E.Watson). Technical Fouls: None.

Golden State 29 32 25 26 112
Oklahoma City 23 19 26 34 102
A—17,854 (19,134). T—2:18.

Officials—Dan Crawford, Courtney Kirkland, Brian Forte.

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