SALT LAKE CITY -- The Golden State Warriors' trip down the rabbit hole continued Saturday night, and it showed no signs of slowing.
For Alice, the rabbit hole led to Wonderland, where little was as it seemed. And that's how things were for Golden State on Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Warriors swore they played better defense than in their first two games, only to watch the Utah Jazz shoot 63 percent from the floor -- 75 percent on 3-pointers -- en route to a 133-110 victory.
Golden State rediscovered its 3-point prowess while a reinvigorated Al Harrington celebrated his return to the starting lineup with a 38-point performance that marks his high as a Warrior.
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But in the end that all meant nothing because the Jazz scored its most points in a regulation contest since hanging 138 on April 13, 1992 against ... Golden State.
"I thought the right guy took the shots," Warriors coach Don Nelson said. "They just unfortunately made them."
After feasting on the Warriors last week, Carlos Boozer was kept relatively quiet (12 points and 10 rebounds), although that just left more room for Deron Williams (30 points, 11 assists) and Mehmet Okur (29 points) to do their damage.
The Warriors slipped to 0-3 with the defeat, and with three tough opponents set to visit Oracle Arena -- Cleveland, Dallas and Detroit -- they're in danger of digging themselves an 0-6 hole to begin their quest for the franchise's first back-to-back playoff berths since 1990-91 and '91-92.
"We made that crazy run last year, but we can't afford to get off to an 0-3, 0-4, 0-5 (start)," Warriors forward Matt Barnes said. "No one can afford that."
Rather than try to use their unpolished zone to gum up the works of a Utah team that scored 117 points against the Warriors on Opening Night, Nelson instead tinkered with his lineup, calling upon Harrington in place of Monta Ellis to try and give his team some heft against Utah's brawn.
The new alignment allowed the Warriors to reset their man-to-man matchups, reverting to the look they used in the teams' Western Conference semifinal last season. Instead of having Andrei Kirilenko overpowering Baron Davis on the offensive glass, the Warriors stuck Davis on Williams and told Andris Biedrins to guard Kirilenko loosely.
The revamped lineup kept the Jazz at bay on the glass (Utah won that battle 38-30, a marked improvement) and limited the second-chance points to just eight. But guys like Ronnie Brewer (19 points, 8-for-14) and Kirilenko (15 points, 6-for-10) repeatedly stuck daggers into the Warriors' chances.