DALLAS — Coach Mark Jackson just stood and stared on the sidelines, his expression devoid of emotion as he witnessed his team fall apart in the first half.
He later said the Golden State Warriors wouldn't panic, but they might be alone in that abstention.
After Saturday night's 116-91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, concluding an 0-4 trip, playoff-thirsty Golden State fans might need some therapy.
"We're fine," Jackson said. "There's no panic. We lost another game. We didn't play well. We made mistakes. We did not put together 48 minutes of basketball. But there's going to be no panic. We're going to regroup."
It's not just that the Warriors (30-21) have lost four straight, their longest losing streak of the season. It's how they lost.
They were humiliated in Houston. Outgunned in Oklahoma City. Manhandled in Memphis. To top it off, they got dogged in Dallas. They were outscored by an average of 20.8 points per game on the trip.
Point guard Stephen Curry needed 23 shots to get 18 points and turned it over five times. Forward David Lee had just 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with six rebounds and three turnovers.
Guard Klay Thompson had another rough outing, totaling 11 points on 14 shots.
The Warriors' offense, which shot just 38.2 percent and had four more turnovers (16) than assists (12), almost looked as bad as their defense. The Mavericks scored 15 points above their average — and that's with Dirk Nowitzki totaling 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting.
Forward Shawn Marion scored a season-high 26 points, and the Mavericks backcourt of O.J. Mayo and Darren Collison combined for 37 points on 11-of-22 shooting.
Dallas made 11 of 20 from 3-point range, capping a trip in which the Warriors allowed opponents to shoot 48.5 percent from that distance (50 of 103).
And to think, it looked as if Golden State were getting back on track despite the loss at Memphis a night earlier. The Warriors held the Grizzlies to 36 points on 38.2 percent shooting after halftime to make a game of it. It was the best basketball they'd played on the trip, sparking hope they would right the ship in Dallas.
The Mavericks missed eight of their first 10 shots but closed the quarter by making 9 of 12 from the field to take a 30-16 lead into the second quarter.
Compounding matters was Golden State's dysfunctional offense. At one point, the Warriors missed 11 straight shots. At halftime, they were shooting 30.4 percent with eight turnovers with just five assists — four by Curry, who was 3 of 15 shooting in the first half.
The Warriors got behind by as much as 27 and trailed 62-36 at the break. On the four-game trip, opponents averaged 67.25 points on 54.2 shooting in the first half.
The second half was a formality. Exhausted, discouraged and undermanned, the Warriors could muster only enough fight to get as close as 13 in the third quarter.
"It's tough. We haven't been in this situation all year," Curry said. "So it's unfamiliar territory. We have to find a way to stay positive and stay in tune with the mission. It's tough to do that on the road when you're losing the way we are."