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Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11), left, fouls Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson (9) in the first half at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Bobcats rip Warriors, 91-75

OAKLAND, Calif.--The Golden State Warriors clanked shots at a rate not seen for nearly a decade.

The scuffling offense enabled the Charlotte Bobcats to come to town and smack down Golden State 91-75 on Tuesday, making it five of the past seven games at Oracle Arena the Warriors have lost.

The Warriors' 31.2 percent shooting from the field was not only their lowest of the season but also their worst since a loss in November 2004.

Consequently, Oracle Arena began emptying early. And on their way out, fans could be heard booing the Warriors.

"We've got to find a way to get out of this," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "We are right now taking the life out of the building. We are letting our offense affect our play."

Stephen Curry, who entered the game scoring 27.9 points per game against his hometown team, was held to 17 points while going 1 for 7 from 3-point range.

David Lee saw his streak of scoring in double figures snapped at 123 games, as he managed only eight points while going 3 of 13 from the field after having missed the team's previous game at Utah with a left shoulder sprain and left hip strain.

"I'm not going to use any of that as an excuse, that's for sure," Lee said, while conceding he was not 100 percent.

Al Jefferson scored a game-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Charlotte, with the center getting the better of the Warriors' Andrew Bogut, who had six points and 15 rebounds.

The Bobcats shot 47.4 percent from the field, leading the Warriors by as many as 22 points. Gerald Henderson scored 17 points, and former Warriors forward Anthony Tolliver added 11.

"We're thinking a little bit too much," Jackson said. "With a young basketball team, at times missed shots affect everything else."

Klay Thompson added 12 points for Golden State, going 5 for 13 from the field in trying to come out of his shooting slump.

Marreese Speights hit a buzzer-beating shot from near midcourt to make the score 72-57 heading into the fourth quarter, but bursts of energy were few and far between for Golden State as the Warriors finished the game 4 for 20 from 3-point range.

The Warriors played poorly after having no games for three straight days coming off back-to-back wins to finish off a 9-6 January. Facing sub-.500 Charlotte, which is currently the eighth-place team in the Eastern Conference, the Warriors made mistake after mistake.

"It's a game we should win," Jackson said.

"We are not good enough to think because we're at home, things are going to work out."

Bogut at one point attempted a behind-the-back pass that sailed into the stands. Lee saw one of his outlet passes to Curry go wide and out of bounds as the Warriors finished with 16 turnovers.

The Warriors trailed 51-39 at halftime for their third-lowest-scoring first half of the season. Curry didn't make any of his three 3-point attempts in the first half while scoring eight points. Lee was 2 for 8 in the half, and Thompson was 2 for 7.

"We were a frustrated basketball team tonight," Lee said. "We can't let shots not going in affect us."

The Warriors had gotten off to a slow start in the first quarter, trailing 26-13 to mark the second-lowest number of points they've scored to start a game this season. Golden State had more turnovers (seven) than made field goals (six) in the quarter.

--Jermaine O'Neal played in his first game in two months after recovering from surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and made an impact with nine points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes.

O'Neal said the wrist was still not at full strength.

"I'll be in constant contact with him as far as how he feels, and we'll go from there," Jackson said.

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