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Golden State Warriors record lowest points at home since Steve Kerr took charge

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The Golden State Warriors' 11-game winning streak came to an end on Saturday as they were surprisingly blown out at home by the Denver Nuggets. 

The men from the Mile High City came into Oracle Arena and thumped the defending champions 96-81 to stun the home crowd. 

The Dubs can certainly put the heavy loss down to an uncharacteristically awful shooting performance. 

The Warriors shot under 39 percent from the floor and were extremely cold from beyond the arc. They were a combined 3-for-27 from deep, which was a rare 11 percent success rate for one of the best shooting teams in the league. 

This was their worst three-point performance since 2014. The field-goal percentage was the eighth-worst mark of Steve Kerr's tenure as head coach.

Golden State also set a new mark under Kerr as the 81 points they put up was their lowest points total at home since he took over in 2015.

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

The previous low was in March 2017 in a 13-point loss to the Boston Celtics. Additionally, this loss is the second largest in the Kerr era with only an opening day defeat to the San Antonio Spurs being larger.

It was their first setback since Stephen Curry went down with an ankle injury against the New Orleans Pelicans at the start of the month.

Their best two shooters outside of Curry struggled badly as Klay Thompson went 1-of-10 and Kevin Durant was 0-for-5.

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves

Speaking after the game, Kerr said he couldn't see any joy from his players and believed they were lacking passion. 

"It didn't feel like we were into it emotionally tonight. Sometimes after a long winning streak, whatever reason, you let your guard down a little bit. It wasn't there," Kerr said, per ESPN. "The biggest concern for me tonight, I didn't see a lot of joy. ... We weren't having much fun."

It was the first time it looked like the Bay Area franchise missed their superstar point guard as shots were not falling from anybody. 

Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

They were complacent, lacked any flow or rhythm on offense and were never able to get going after going behind to Denver, which affected them on both ends of the floor.

"When you're missing shots, you don't let it affect your defense, but this is a feel-good game," Durant said. "You want to make shots, that's what gets us going, that's what gets the crowd going."

KD and the Warriors can't have wished for a better game to get themselves going and look to bounce back as they prepare to face the Cleveland Cavaliers in a Finals rematch on Christmas Day.

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Pacific Division
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Klay Thompson
Golden State Warriors
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
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