OKLAHOMA CITY — For the second night in a row, Golden State coach Mark Jackson had a look of dissatisfaction on his face. After watching Houston rain down 3-pointers on his squad Tuesday in a 39-point loss, he had to deal with the defending Western Conference Champions on Wednesday.
Oklahoma City didn’t use the 3-ball to decimate the Warriors. They relied on an angry Kevin Martin to spur them to a 119-98 victory at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
“We were not sharp defensively,” Jackson said. “I thought we played well in spurts. You give up 64 points in the paint, you give up 29 point off turnovers, it’s a recipe for disaster coming into this building against this team. We just did not get it done.”
After falling behind by 22 points, Golden State (30-19) had its chances to make a game of it in the second half after falling behind. The Warriors cut the lead to 11 points several times.
However, each time Oklahoma City (37-12) came up with a defensive stop, it then scored on the offensive end. Midway through the fourth, the Warriors were unable to make any more runs, and both teams emptied their benches.
It was Martin who seemed to make each pivotal play to knock back the Warriors. Whether it was a timely 3-pointer or a steal and dunk at the other end, the Sixth Man of the Year Candidate played inspired ball.
Martin credited his increased energy to what he called dirty plays by the Warriors and the antics from the Golden State bench.
"Coach Jackson should talk to a couple of his bench players and make sure they get wet behind the ears before they come barking at a couple of our players,'' Martin said. "'You've got to take it personal, what they did. It wasn't only talking trash. They made a couple of dirty plays to inspire us as a team.''