Mark Jackson called it a "bad loss.'' He's right.

Klay Thompson said there is no "excusable'' reason for it. He, too, is correct.

The Warriors on Friday submitted their worst performance of the season in a tip-to-buzzer 105-83 loss to the Rockets at Toyota Center in Houston. The evening started ugly, turned uglier was punctuated by an abundance of warts.

"There's been times when our bench has been bad, and we let them know,'' Jackson said. "Tonight, the starters did a poor job of setting the tone. We got outworked, they played with more force and it set the tone for the rest of the way.''

That, and the fact that there is another road game on Saturday, explains why most of the Warriors starters were spectators for much of the night.

The Rockets took possession of this one quickly, building a 31-12 first-quarter lead, as the Warriors missed 16 of their first 20 shots. And all those errant shots seemed to affect their defense, which consistently allowed Houston to get good looks.

"We didn't hit shots early and we had a tendency to dwell on that, as opposed to getting stops,'' Stephen Curry conceded.

The Warriors (11-9) shot a season-low 35.5 percent (27 of 76) from the floor, including a season-low 12.5 percent (2 of 16) on 3-pointers. They committed 22 turnovers, which Houston (14-7) turned into 23 points. They had a team total of 10 assists, the first time the Warriors have finished with so few since April 2008.