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Golden State Warriors humiliated at home by Clippers 118-90

Golden State Warriors humiliated at home by Clippers 118-90 Warriors coach Don Nelson said he was embarrassed. Guard Monta Ellis called it the worst game he has played in as a Warrior.

The Warriors lost 118-90 at home to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.

"We all should be embarrassed," Ellis said after totaling 14 points, six assists and six turnovers. "This was a terrible game. A terrible performance. We looked like we didn't know what we were doing out there. We looked like a high school team. We didn't do anything. "... I couldn't tell you what it was. I just know that's not how I want to play Basketball."

It's bad enough for Warriors fans that their team got humiliated. But it certainly had to sting a bit more considering it came at the hands of Baron Davis, Golden State's former star point guard.

Davis put up 25 points and seven assists in his second game in Oakland since opting out of his contract and signing with the Clippers in July 2008. Many of the 18,788 fans at Oracle Arena showed they still have feelings about Davis' departure, booing him every time he touched the ball.

But Davis and the Clippers (2-4) were bigger, stronger and more aggressive Friday. The Warriors (1-3), playing with a depleted front line, didn't have the wherewithal to keep up. Eric Gordon, who starts at shooting guard, overpowered the Warriors' guards to the tune of 25 points. Chris Kaman had 22 points and nine rebounds.

The Warriors never seemed to get any rhythm on offense, partly because they regressed in the area of ball movement. After registering 29 assists in Wednesday's win over Memphis, the Warriors totaled 18, five coming in a garbage-time fourth quarter. The Warriors shot 34.5 percent from the field and turned the ball over 19 times.

The boos rang out for more than Davis.

"I like that. They want to win," rookie guard Stephen Curry said of the boos. "If you're not giving a good enough effort and performance, then they deserve to boo us."

The third quarter did the Warriors in again. In their three losses, the Warriors have been outscored 99-57 in the third quarter.

The Warriors were 6-for-21 from the field with five turnovers in the third quarter as they were outscored 34-16. Kaman had 12 in the third quarter and, most important, put the Warriors' already thin frontcourt in foul trouble. Mikki Moore, who started in place of injured center Andris Biedrins (lower back strain), and Anthony Randolph, the back-up center, each picked up three fouls in the third quarter, setting up the Clippers' parade to the free-throw line. They were 12 of 14 in the quarter.

Davis had 16 points in the third quarter, including back-to-back 3-pointers in the final minute, the latter putting the Warriors behind 91-61 entering the fourth quarter.

"I didn't really hear the boos," Davis said. "I heard more of the cheers. You know me. I've got so much love for the people and the fans here. They've shown me a lot of love and support. The ones who booed, those are Warriors fans. That's what they do. They are going to boo. But you could feel the love. A lot of people telling me how much they miss me and love me still."

Just four games into the season, the Warriors already seem to be at wit's end over what is ailing them.

Their defense is giving up 113.5 points per game. Their offense, which is supposed to be their strength, is struggling to score during key moments and is riddled by selfish play. Certainly, no one seemed to write off Friday's debacle as a fluke.

"If I had the answer, I would show it to you," Ellis said. "But I don't know. We've got to find it somehow. We've got to find what's the problem and get past it."

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