Steve Kerr had no complaints after his Warriors saw their 11-game winning streak come to an end Thursday against the 76ers.
The Warriors, who hadn’t lost since a 135-134 loss to the Rockets on Jan. 3, were outclassed in the second half.
A seven-point advantage at halftime was quickly squandered in the third quarter as the 76ers scored 42 points to take control.
Even Stephen Curry’s best efforts — he scored 41 points — couldn’t revive the Warriors as they suffered their 15th loss.
“We didn’t [look after the ball] very well, we weren’t there mentally or competitively and got what we deserved,” Kerr told a media conference. “I thought they totally outplayed us in the second half. We should have had a much bigger lead at halftime, but we got really careless and they took it to us in the second half.
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“We weren’t ready, we didn’t respond with competitive desire and intelligence and execution, so we got what we deserved.”
The Warriors took to the court without Klay Thompson because of illness, and Curry admitted the guard’s absence unsettled the defending champions.
“It’s the first game Klay has missed and I don’t think we were as prepared as a team for the different looks that we were going to get tonight,” he said.
“When you’re missing a guy that can create space – whether he’s getting shot or not – you just have to be able to slow the game down a little bit and get the right calls, get the ball in the right hands and get the right spacing.
“We tried to play as we normally do, [but] you’ve got to make a little bit of subtle adjustments without him out there. [And] that’s a collective effort from everybody in terms of seeing the game a little bit differently. And we didn’t make those adjustments.”
The Warriors (36-15) remain in first place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of the Nuggets entering Friday’s play.
Golden State faces another high-profile game Saturday, a primetime matchup against LeBron James and the Lakers at 8:30 p.m. ET (ABC) at Oracle Arena.