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Star-struck, lifeless and left for dead

Star-struck, lifeless and left for dead The Warriors haven't had an All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997, so forgive them for being a little in awe of the Lakers' roster with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum.

"It was kind of like we were star-struck," Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart said after Saturday's 130-97 loss to the Lakers.

"I totally agree with what he's talking about," forward Corey Maggette said. "Forget about who is on the other side and play. Everyone can play Basketball on the court, so you've got to go out there and play."

The Warriors never made that adjustment, playing their worst game in two weeks and getting blown out in front of a sellout crowd of 20,001 at Oracle Arena. They shot 39.1 percent from the floor, allowed the Lakers to score a season high and trailed wire to wire.

"That was a very bad game, the way we played and the way we competed," Smart said. "We never got into the game with a sense that we wanted to play and show our fans that we can play. We played on our heels, we never forced the Lakers to counter, and we didn't do anything defensively."

The Warriors played lackadaisically in the first half, but somehow cut the deficit to 10 points before the break. That was all for naught in the third quarter, when the Lakers scored 38 points and turned the game into a rout.

"You can't play without any energy against a team like this," Smart said. "We could have been down by 40 in the first half, but we cut it to 10. Then, we came out in the third quarter and were as flat as I don't know what."

Gasol led the Lakers with 22 points, Bryant added 20 and Artest had 19. Maybe more telling are the facts that role players Shannon Brown 17 points and Derek Fisher 13 points each had season highs.

"It's embarrassing that we came home and made our home fans watch this," Warriors guard Monta Ellis said. "Nobody played well. It was a sloppy game all the way around."

It was no better on offense. They had their worst showing since shooting 34.5 percent in the 118-90 loss to the Clippers on Nov. 6, taking bad shots, missing their share of open looks and lightly contested bunnies, and having to scramble to get shots at all for stretches.

Vladimir Radmanovic shot 3-for-10, Stephen Curry was 5-for-15 and Anthony Randolph went 2-for-7. Ellis posted 18 points, six assists and five rebounds, Maggette added 17 points and six rebounds and Anthony Morrow had 15 points and five rebounds.

The poor effort followed a run of inspired play while shorthanded. After hanging around into the fourth quarter against Cleveland and Boston, beating Portland and Dallas, and making it into the third quarter with San Antonio, the Warriors never challenged the Lakers.

"That's why it's heartbreaking," Smart said. "We didn't play with the kind of intensity that we had been playing with. We got back here and simply didn't compete for whatever reason."

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