Golden State had 37 boards. "We made them miss shots,” Brooks said. "That’s what was important. We did a good job of keeping a hand in the face, contesting shots, then coming up with rebounds. Nick (Collison) is as solid as anybody on our team. He defended, he rebounded and made some good decisions and was finishing around the basket.”
SHORTHANDED WARRIORSBecause of injuries and Anthony Morrow attending a funeral, the Warriors suited out only nine players and played only eight. And they lost one player — Corey Maggette — late in the third quarter when he was ejected with two technical fouls for arguing with referee Derek Richardson. Two players, Monta Ellis and C.J. Watson, played all 48 minutes. That’s nothing new. In a win over the Dallas Mavericks during Thanksgiving week, Golden State played only six players, including three who played all 48 minutes.
FAST BREAK...Starting center Nenad Krstic returned after missing one game with a sprained ankle, but Nick Collison got more minutes off the bench. ... Former Indiana star Keith Smart is coaching the Warriors on a four-game road trip. Coach Don Nelson, who has been battling pneumonia, stayed home in Oakland. ... Oklahoma City players will have today off but will practice Wednesday and Thursday before leaving Thursday afternoon for Friday’s game in Memphis. ... The entire team will participate this afternoon in the Grandparents Raising Grandkids Christmas shopping spree at Target in which 10 families will be given $1,000 or more per family, $10,000 total.